15th February - Third Sector Cafe Event

15th February - Third Sector Cafe Event


For our second cafe of 2018 we welcome our award-winning speaker Jon Johnson, founder of a new social enterprise called Reach Homes, to tell us about his innovative project to bring modern, high quality and low cost housing within the reach of more people who are in need of a home.

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Our expert speaker at January's cafe.

For February's cafe we are  delighted to be hosting the award-winning social entrepreneur Jon Johnson of Reach Homes and Strip the Willow

Jon is passionate about the opportunity for others to get involved in providing low cost high quality homes for people in Sheffield (and beyond) and has developed a container home which costs around £35k to build and next to nothing to heat and run. From his proto-type home hosted by the South Yorkshire Energy Centre at Heeley City Farm, he is currently searching for partners with land, finance and planning permission to host his first developments. He is in discussion SYHA and Manor and Castle Development Trust among others. He is also running a conference in Sheffield to discuss innovative responses to the housing crisis – tickets available here. Jon will be telling us about his innovative project and how his social enterprise aims to use their buildings to make a huge social impact – and achieve financial sustainability.

This is your chance to find out more about Jon's project and hear about his whirlwind journey as he develops his ideas and launches his second social enterprise in Sheffield as a vehicle to drive change and make a difference. 

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For this cafe we have 12 tickets available at £15 each to join us for Jon's presentation and a Q&A session afterwards.

For those who can stay, we'll also be serving up some delicious pastries from 4eyespatisserie (a newly opened bakery at Harland Works) afterwards and invite you to stay and chat with fellow participants - often one of the most useful parts of coming along to cafes. 

We will be recording this session as part of our ongoing experiment to make Third Sector Cafe discussions available digitally.

Please send us your questions

As you register for this event we'll ask you a few questions - please help us tailor the event to meet your interests by giving us informative answers which tell us what it would  be helpful for you to get from this cafe discussion.

We share this information with both our expert speaker, other participants and also, via our content on blogs, ebulletins etc we use participants questions to illustrate the sort of themes people are looking for more information about - so they can see that others are facing similar issues too!