Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is a regulated Housing Association and Community Benefit Society with a V1 Viability standard and G1 Governance standard

Now the largest social landlord in Stafford, SARH was created on 6 February 2006 to own and manage the former council housing stock owned by Stafford Borough Council. We own and manage over 6,000 homes across Stafford and the surrounding area as well as delivering a number of local Independent Living schemes and employ 176 staff. In 2012 SARH set up a Trading Subsidiary Company Housing Worx, initially to deliver planned maintenance works to its properties. This work was traditionally undertaken by external contractors, but by establishing Housing Worx, a dedicated team, SARH customers benefit from greater choice and an improved service and SARH saves money on previous arrangements with surplus cash being invested back into affordable housing. 

Our commitment to Stafford Borough and surrounding areas

Stafford and Rural Homes operates within the geographical boundary of Stafford Borough Council in the County of Staffordshire providing homes and services to 12,000+ customers in more than 6000 homes, across over 240 square miles including the towns of Stafford and Stone and a large number of rural parishes.

Our Vision, Objectives and Values

Our Vision ‘Creating Great Places to Live, Work and Grow’ Our Objectives • Homes Invest in and maintain existing homes, delivering high quality services in the way customers wish to access them. • Build Building new homes to meet a growing local demand and a changing demographic. • Growth Trade to generate profit and add value. Our Values Communication - Communicating with one another in a range of ways that are timely and informative Approachable - Approachable so that people can communicate with one another, share ideas and remain informed Respect - Respectful of each others’ differences, values and opinions, treating everybody as they would wish to be treated Empowerment - Empowering staff, customers and stakeholders to have real and meaningful input into the business Support - Supportive of each other, offering only constructive criticism and being willing to help make the service excellent

Our commitment to delivering more affordable homes

A current £40 million SARH programme to regenerate key neighbourhoods in Staffordshire and build 600 new homes by 2021 has been supported with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Our commitment to developing partnerships

SARH has developed valued partnerships with Stafford Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and our neighbouring local housing associations as well as a large number of local contractors. We also work in partnership with health trusts, statutory bodies and a range of voluntary organisations to create safe, sustainable communities.

Our commitment to learning

The SARH Learning Academy was launched in 2014 to provide local people with structured routes to full time employment including Work experience, Pre-Apprenticeships and Apprenticeships, Graduate Placements and Volunteering Opportunities. Since 2006 SARH has provided access to employment for 23 Construction Operative Pre-Apprentices, 27 Apprentices, offered 33 Work Experience Placements and 5 Graduate Placements.

Our commitment to growth – Housing Worx trading subsidiary

The aim of Housing Worx is to deliver a range of housing, regeneration, asset management and other related services to like minded organisations, trading services to generate a profit to gift aid back to SARH. This facilitates the development of affordable housing. To date, Housing Worx has generated employment opportunities for young people in work experience and apprenticeships and 16 full time staff.

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