REACH Homes held an Affordable Homes conference on 15th March which showcased a number of key speakers including Shadow Housing Minister John Healey, providing a unique insight into the possibility of expanding a project of sustainable housing, changing the market as we know it. A taste of things to come was witnessed in the event’s programme entitled ‘An Instruction Manual for Fixing the Broken Housing Market.’
Jon Johnson, founder of REACH Homes, is planning to build 12 new houses using shipping containers on a pilot site in Sheffield.
REACH uses a high percentage of recycled and reclaimed materials as part of their efforts to tackle the problem of millions of tons of waste being landfilled each year. Not only is this highly damaging to the environment, but the costs are passed on to buyers through higher prices. Re-using materials helps to cut costs, while also generating jobs.
Jon is very much focussed on providing homes that are affordable, yet high quality. REACH help to keep costs low by minimising the fuel bills and using the natural light of the sun to provide most of the power for the homes they create.
Jon experienced great success at the Sheffield Business Awards in November 2017. He came away with the Innovative Business Award and the Business of the Year Award for 2017.
The recent conference was the first event of which Jon hopes will become an annual conference.

The impressive new turf is located at Dorothy Hyman sports centre in Cudworth, Barnsley.
Our WB100 programme, part of which involves helping 100 sports clubs, has helped to re-build the previous disused 3G pitch which has been closed since 2012 after being declared unfit for use.
We contacted the Football Foundation about help with funding for this project, and they agreed to provide funding The total cost of this new facility came to £350,000 for the 3G pitch, perimeter fencing and lighting.
It is a full-size, 11-a-side pitch, which is expected to mainly be divided into smaller section for junior training sessions. The new ground can also be used for 5-a-side matches.
The pitch will be used by local junior team Pinfold Pumas, amongst other local clubs such as Darfield.
Pinfold Pumas are an incredibly diverse, accepting club which is very pleasant to see. They have developed 20 teams including adults teams, girls teams, boys teams and disability teams.
Jason Stokes, Pinfold Pumas Club Chairman, said that it’s great to have such an amazing facility in this location because a lot of the people training at Dorothy Hyman live locally. Whereas before this new development, people were having to travel elsewhere.
The opening of the new facility was a great event, with Dorothy Hyman herself attending.

Richard Caborn pictured with David Brown, Michael Wosskow and Jim Lawson

Richard Caborn has been announced as the first President of the Wosskow Brown Foundation. The news comes following the recent launch of the Foundation to an audience of  over 130 guests including two Olympians and the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire adding to the occasion.

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