500 enthusiastic people – very inspiring.
The conference was sponsored by several orgs – they all had stands, banks etc who want to get involved and help projects. Triados and CAF notably.
A junior minister of housing [Alek Sharma] promised support and some cash – but as ever, it was vague, £60 million for 4 years – £60 million a year for 4 years, or over all? Not sure. [nor was he]. He rushed off before questions!
Tom Heap from Countryfile – very supportive; talked of rural areas needing affordable sustainable housing to keep population.
There were workshops throughout the day, and lots of opportunity to chat to people, the lunch queue was particularly good!
The workshop ‘Telling Tales’ was interesting – someone from Cannock Mill in Colchester spoke about how they had used their website, press releases, etc to attract members. A journalist, from Camden, who also writes for some of the nationals, spoke very clearly about what a journalist is looking for, how to attract their attention, etc. He recommended ‘cultivating’ a couple of local journalists, they will syndicate through to the nationals. If you do a press release, or have a story that might interest them, ring ‘your’ journalist, then send the copy, then follow-up with another phone call a day or so later. Everyone talked about Facebook, websites, etc – creating a buzz.
It’s the season of good will
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