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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) hosted its 2018 AGM showcase on Thursday, 20th September.
With the theme ‘There’s No Place Like Home’, Chief Executive, Karen Armitage introduced a short feature film which outlined the ongoing success of award-winning allotment schemes and projects aimed at tackling rural loneliness and isolation, the film starred members of staff dressed as leading characters from the classic movie ‘The Wizard of Oz’. It also helped to re-enforce key messages highlighted by the AGM, that SARH is committed to growth, building new affordable homes and strengthening local communities.
SARH also celebrated the achievements of its customers and staff over the past year with the Good Neighbour Award, Apprentice of the Year Award and Ambassador of the Year award.
There's No Place Like Home
Good Neighbour Award
2018 saw two SARH Customers being named SARH Good Neighbour of the Year Award. Tony Simcox and Laurence Burningham were praised for their commitments to their Neighbours in the areas they live.
SARH C.A.R.E.S Foundation
The SARH C.A.R.E.S. Foundation made its first donation to an organisation that provides a host of activities for young people and vulnerable adults with learning and social difficulties. Also based in Stafford, the WhyCh Youth Group is typical of the organisations and initiatives that the Foundation aims to support through the fundraising efforts of SARH employees.
Ambassador of the Year
Lindsay Truman, Commercial Property Officer, Development Team, was named SARH Ambassador of the Year.
Apprentice of the Year
Megan Anderson was presented with the SARH Apprentice of the Year award, whilst Jake Kershaw was runner-up.
All SARH apprentices and graduates received a special 'Star Award' for the contributions to the company over the last 12 months.
"We know that delivering quality, affordable homes to rent is about much more than bricks and mortar. Healthy communities are vital in creating better places to live, work and grow and the new C.A.R.E.S. Foundation will provide a welcome boost to organisations and individuals that share our values when it comes to helping some of the most vulnerable in the community - including those who are affected by homelessness, social isolation or severe hardship."