Giroscope, a charity, was set up in 1985 by volunteers motivated to regenerate a deprived neighbourhood of Hull. The collapse of the trawling industry had resulted in low levels of owner occupation and high volumes of poorly maintained private rented housing.

Giroscope buys and renovates empty properties to provide homes for those in need. Giroscope works with many volunteers who are at risk of social exclusion, and trains them through the Construction Skills Certification Scheme.