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Architects impressions of the new development in Swynnerton

New affordable homes to be built in Swynnerton by SARH

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A £2.2million project will transform the unused site of a former primary school in Swynnerton into new affordable homes. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has been granted planning permission to build 19 homes in Park View on a rural exception site which was the former location of Swynnerton RC Primary School. “We believe the new… Read more »

Junior football coaching sessions with Stoke City FC

SARH to expand community involvement team

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A TEAM which organises and supports positive community projects is being expanded by a Stafford housing association. Stafford and Rural Homes is looking to take on a new member in its Community Involvement Team on a year long placement. “We’ve decided to increase the size of our Community Involvement Team because we are committed to… Read more »


SARH extends tenancy agreement prize draw

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SARH has extended the deadline in a prize draw for customers who sign and return the variation to their tenancy agreements. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) customers who return their signed variation document by Friday, January 31, will be entered in the draw for chance to win a £25 ‘Love2Shop’ voucher. Ten lucky customers will… Read more »


SARH programme of free learning grows in 2014

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STAFFORD residents are set to benefit from a wider range of free learning courses, workshops and taster sessions run by Stafford and Rural Homes in 2014. SARH has launched its latest Community Learning Programme, which includes 75 sessions being delivered across Stafford Borough throughout the year.  As well as this there are a range of… Read more »

Annie Mellor

£1million kitchen investment gives Stafford resident an early Christmas present

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A STAFFORD resident has received the perfect early Christmas present with a new kitchen as part of a £1million investment by Stafford and Rural Homes. Annie Mellor, 60, from Cambridge Street, in Coton Fields, is one of the latest customers to receive a new kitchen through SARH’s subsidiary trading company Housing Worx which has so… Read more »

Greenhall Nursery donation

SARH gives an early Christmas present to Greenhall Nursery

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes has helped to spread some festive cheer with a donation of £4,188 to Greenhall Nursery. The nursery, which provides support for pre-school children with a range of learning and physical disabilities and their families in Stafford, is SARH’s nominated charity for 2013 and a cheque for the total amount raised over… Read more »


Last chance to enter SARH’s variation of tenancy agreement prize draw

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A STAFFORD housing association is offering customers the chance to win a special Christmas present if they sign and return the variation to their tenancy agreements by Monday, January 6 2014. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) customers who return their signed variation document by the deadline will be entered in a prize draw for chance… Read more »

New recruits

Youngsters benefit from SARH learning academy

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SIX young people from Stafford and Stone are the latest to benefit from the training and employment opportunities provided by a Stafford housing association’s Learning Academy. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has taken on the youngsters – all aged between 19 and 24 – through the government’s Youth Contract programme working in partnership with the… Read more »

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Funding boost for Independent Living Scheme residents across Stafford

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Residents across independent living schemes in Stafford are being given the chance to bid for a share of cash funding. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has given the SARH Alliance, a group made up of representatives from its 19 Independent Living Schemes, £1,500 to distribute between them. Representatives from each Independent Living Schemes can apply… Read more »

BECCI project

Green challenge opens the door for four Midlands firms

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Four businesses have successfully completed a challenge to unearth green firms in the Midlands meaning they will now develop relationships with two affordable housing providers. Creative Ceilings, from Wolverhampton, Greengineering from Kidderminster, Heat Genius, from Brierley Hill and iRed based in Birmingham and Oldbury are hoping to trial products or services in Stafford and Rural… Read more »

TSA Crystal Award

SARH success at TSA Crystal Awards

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes is celebrating a double success at a major national awards ceremony recognising the UK’s best telecare service providers. Sarah Wyke, Head of Independent Living and Customer Services for SARH, won the ‘Professional of the Year’ category in the Telecare Services Association (TSA) Crystal Awards. Sarah has been pivotal in developing the… Read more »

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Residents move into their new affordable homes in Gnosall

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THE first families are settling into brand new affordable homes built for local people in Gnosall. The first phase of the £3.3 million affordable housing development, on Lowfield Lane, has been handed over to Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) by development partner Housing Plus and selected contractor Thomas Vale Construction. “The proudest moment in any… Read more »

Smoke alarms

Customers set to benefit from over 900 smoke alarm testing devices

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OVER 900 households in Stafford will be able to test every smoke alarm in their home from one easy to use device being installed by Stafford and Rural Homes’ subsidiary trading business Housing Worx. The wireless devices not only enable all smoke alarms in a property to be tested from one place, they also enable… Read more »

central heating

Affordable warmth project to provide 36 homes with mains gas

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NEW gas supplies will help 36 homes in Stafford Borough gain access to more affordable warmth. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has teamed up with National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions and utility contractors Fulcrum to extend the mains gas supply and central heating to 20 flats at Broadmeadow Croft, in Doxey. A further sixteen bungalows… Read more »


Fun sessions help SARH customers get online

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CUSTOMERS living at two Stafford and Rural Homes Independent Living Schemes have logged on to take part in free sessions encouraging more people to get online. SARH invited customers at Jubilee Court and Marston Court, in Stafford, to try some fun ‘I’m online’ sessions on Thursday, October 17, as part of National Get Online week… Read more »

Best Public Sector Green Award

SARH celebrates success in Green Awards

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A COMMUNITY allotment project led by Stafford and Rural Homes has triumphed in awards held to celebrate top green initiatives in Stafford Borough. The Meadow Road Community Allotments, which were officially opened in April, won the Best Public Sector Award at Stafford Borough Council’s annual Green Awards. The awards – now in their 17th year… Read more »

Charity football match

SARH put their shooting boots on to raise money for Greenhall Nursery

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Tradesman and office staff from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) went head to head in a charity football match to raise £230 for Greenhall Nursery and Daycare Centre. “We’d been looking to organise a game between staff for a while and we decided it would also be a great opportunity to raise some money for… Read more »

Lichfield Court craft club

Craft group support winter warmth campaign

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SEVEN keen crafters from Stafford have been knitting special hats in support of a national winter warmth campaign. The craft group from Lichfield Court Independent Living Scheme, run by Stafford and Rural Homes, have created colourful hats to support the ‘Big Knit’ campaign being run by Age UK and Innocent smoothies. “We are always looking… Read more »

Princes Trust

Prince’s Trust youngsters host week of activities

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A team of young Prince’s Trust volunteers has led a week of activities with older people in Stafford. Kim McCreadie, 23, Victoria Watson, 20, Phillip Daly, 23 and Victoria Guthrie 25, from Prince’s Trust team 304 Stafford, spent a week with residents at Gough and Crispin Close Independent Living Scheme run by Stafford and Rural… Read more »

Older Persons Day 2

Stafford residents celebrate first ‘Older People’s Day’

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OLDER people in Stafford came together for a celebration of age and achievement to help mark the first annual ‘Older People’s Day’. Activities took place nationwide on Tuesday, October 1, with the aim of the day to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to society and tackle negative and outdated stereotypes. Customers… Read more »

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Stone residents urged to be wary of hoax callers

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Stafford and Rural Homes and Staffordshire police are advising residents in Stone to be vigilant after a number of hoax calls claiming to be from Staffordshire Fire Service. Following a recent fatal house fire in Stone individuals claiming to be from the fire service have been trying to gain access to people’s homes by saying… Read more »


Community fund provides new conservatory for Shakespeare Road residents

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Shakespeare Road residents are enjoying a new conservatory for community activities thanks to a special fund pot helping local people improve their neighbourhoods. Residents at the Stafford and Rural Homes’ (SARH) Independent Living Scheme, in Highfields, applied for funds for the communal conservatory through SARH’s Customer Initiative Scheme. “The new conservatory is absolutely superb, everyone… Read more »

Hall Close harvest box donation

Schoolchildren create harvest boxes for older neighbours

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SCHOOLCHILDREN have been looking out for their older neighbours by delivering harvest boxes. Pupils from Barnfields Primary School collected fruit and vegetables for harvest boxes and donated them to residents in nearby Hall Close, an Independent Living Scheme for over 55s run by Stafford And Rural Homes. The harvest boxes were delivered on Friday, September… Read more »

Emma China Trek

Emma prepares to tackle the Great Wall for charity

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A 24-year-old income services assistant from Uttoxeter is limbering up for a 60-mile-long trek along the Great Wall of China to raise money for charity. Emma Beardmore, who works for Stafford and Rural Homes, has chosen to support The Alzheimer’s Society after her Great Aunt died from the illness last year. “I have never done… Read more »

Good Neighbour of the Year 2013

Sheila awarded for being a good neighbour

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A good neighbour in Stafford has received a special award for the support she gives to others in her local community. Sheila Blackman, of Impstones, in Gnosall, has won the Stafford and Rural Homes’ Good Neighbour Award for her efforts to help her neighbours. “I’m overwhelmed to win this award because I don’t consider what… Read more »

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SARH cyclists complete 60-mile charity cycle challenge

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A TRIO of cyclists from SARH have pedalled their way across Stafford Borough to complete an epic endurance challenge for charity. Chris Dixon, 43, Dave Wheat, 44, and Martin Sawyer, 23, cycled 60 miles on tour of 18 SARH Independent Living Schemes to raise over £900 for Greenhall Nursery and Key Learning Centre. The nursery,… Read more »

Apprentice of the Year 2013

SARH celebrates ‘Learning to Earning’ at its AGM

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A 21-year-old bricklayer from Stoke-on-Trent who has gained full-time employment with a Stafford Housing Association after a successful apprenticeship has received an award for his efforts. Jordan Abbotts was named ‘Apprentice of the Year’ by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), at the housing association’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 19.    “I’m proud to… Read more »


Shortlisted firms put their energy saving products to leading Midlands social housing experts

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ELEVEN Midlands firms whose energy saving products have been shortlisted in a green housing challenge have showcased their innovations to regional social housing experts in Wolverhampton. The companies, who were selected through the Built Environment Climate Change Innovations (BECCI) project’s ‘Hard to Heat’ challenge, had the opportunity to demonstrate their products or services to leading… Read more »

Cycling challenge

SARH staff get on their bike to raise charity funds

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THREE keen cyclists from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) are preparing to use pedal power to complete an epic endurance challenge through the borough for charity on Friday, September 20. As many of the top cyclists cross the country in the Tour of Britain, Chris Dixon, 43, Dave Wheat, 44, and Martin Sawyer, 23, are… Read more »


SARH opens consultation on tenancy agreements

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Stafford and Rural Homes is seeking feedback on proposed changes to its agreements with customers. SARH has launched a consultation on the changes to its tenancy agreement, which outlines the rights and responsibilities of SARH tenants and SARH’s obligations as a landlord. “We are really keen to involve our customers in the tenancy agreement review… Read more »


SARH video aims to showcase young workers

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Work-ready young people are being promoted to employers through a special YouTube video. Stafford and Rural Homes has produced the video as an innovative way of helping young people on its Youth Programme into employment. In April Stafford and Rural Homes took on six people aged between 19 and 22 who were struggling to find… Read more »

eBay session

SARH offers top eBay tips

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A workshop offering Stafford residents top tips on buying and selling using eBay is being run by a Stafford housing association. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is inviting people to log on and find out how to set up an eBay account to buy and sell goods using the website, on Wednesday, September 18. The… Read more »

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Good neighbours will be honoured by SARH

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Good neighbours who dedicate themselves to helping others in their communities will be recognised for their hard work. Stafford and Rural Homes has received a record number of nominations for its Good Neighbour Award this year and the winner will be announced at its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 19. The award aims to… Read more »

Meadow Road Community Allotment

Event celebrates community allotment project’s first bumper harvest

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A SPECIAL celebration has been held to mark the first batch of tasty treats grown at a community allotment project in Stafford. The event brought local residents together to share the glorious gardening and vibrant veg nurtured in the first growing season at the Meadow Road Community Allotments, which were officially opened in April. Stafford… Read more »


Celebrate glorious gardening and vibrant veg at free event

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We are holding a celebration at our Meadow Road allotments on Saturday, September 7, to mark the end of the growing season and provide some great gardening fun! All are welcome at the free event, from 1pm to 4pm, at the Meadow Road Community Allotments, off Silkmore Lane, Stafford. There will be scarecrow making, a vegetable… Read more »


SARH youth programme participants face Dragons’ Den style challenge

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SIX young people on a Youth Contract programme at Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) have a faced a Dragons’ Den style challenge to put forward their ideas for a team building activity. The team worked together to develop and present ideas for suitable activities as their final project before they complete a six month training… Read more »

Lowfield Lane

SARH and Housing Plus join forces to say ‘Yes to Homes’

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TWO leading housing providers planning to build 214 new affordable homes in Staffordshire are backing a national campaign encouraging more affordable housing developments in the UK. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and Housing Plus are supporting the National Housing Federation’s ‘Yes to Homes’ week of awareness  (September 2-8) as they continue their plans to invest… Read more »

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