Posted by: Closed Circuit08/06/2012
Manchester was chosen as the venue for the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference in part because of its fantastic transport links.
Some people just insist on making it hard for themselves, though. Shunning the frequent train service, Paul Shipway, head of strategy and performance at Barnet Council, has instead chosen to cycle the 200 miles to Manchester.
He is setting off on Sunday 10 June and plans to arrive at the conference the following evening. Fittingly, Mr Shipway’s spectacular effort is to raise money for Homeless International. Sponsor him here. Or, if you spot a man walking like John Wayne, buy him a beer - or a train ticket home.
Eric Pickles - a man usually associated more with cutting than donating - has just shown his more generous side.
The communities secretary is giving up his time to work in a local charity shop for the ‘jubilee hour’ campaign.
Mr Pickles made his pledge at the launch of the initiative at Somerset House in London last week. The ‘jubilee hour’ is designed to inspire volunteer efforts this year, as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.
‘I am going to go back to my roots,’ said Mr Pickles. ‘And will be giving at least an hour to a local charity shop.’ People in the housing sector may well be hoping this spirit of generosity spills over into handing out money from his department - but don’t hold your breath.
Persuading the general public to make their homes more sustainable can be hard work - but thankfully the housing sector is always willing to think creatively.
Paul King, the chief executive of the UK Green Building Council, showed his willingness to do so when he spoke at the launch of the organisation’s Plan for Growth in London last week. A little bird tweeted that Mr King had some novel ideas on how to achieve that growth, and had joked: ‘We almost need to go into homes at night and drug people.’ Closed Circuit has changed its locks, just in case.
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