Anatomy of a meeting: interview with Andy Redfearn from YMCA

Thu 16th January 2014, 11:28 am

The director of housing and development at YMCA London South West tells Sitematch about the very useful meeting he had with Ricky McSeveney from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) at the first ever Sitematch UK event.

YMCA London South West attended Sitematch UK to discuss its innovative Y:Cube Housing project, providing modular, portable 'plug-and-play' self-contained accommodation units for people in housing need. The housing needs no capital grant.

Had you met a Ministry of Justice representative before?

No I have not. It is very hard for small organisations such as us to get access to key MoJ representatives.

What were you aiming to discuss with the MoJ?

The objective was to introduce Y:Cube Housing as a way of both giving the MoJ's land significant social use, while increasing the supply of affordable self-contained accommodation for people leaving prison.

What did you actually discuss? What do you think they can offer you, and what can you offer them?

I was able to discuss most of the above, as well as how we can work together to make use of land the MoJ may not wish to dispose of to provide much-needed 'move on' accommodation in the community.

Do you have a follow-up meeting scheduled?

Yes, we are planning one for early 2014.

What was your overall opinion of the event?

As the only way of accessing the right people with the right information at government departments, it's given me an excellent opportunity to get some good networking done.

Did you have any other particularly useful meetings on the day?

The day proved to be a good opportunity to keep both the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Greater London Authority up to speed with Y:Cube Housing, and I generated a number of potential leads from other discussions on the day.

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