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Stafford customers get a taste of the globe

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TASTY treats from around the world were dished up in a practical cooking session for families run by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). From children aged 10 to people in their 60’s customers from across Stafford borough made a range of dishes including pizza, paella and Thai green curry under the expert guidance of Jason… Read more »


Blooming success for garden competition winners

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A BUDDING young gardener from Penkside was amongst the green-fingered enthusiasts recognised in an annual garden awards held by a Staffordshire housing association. Bethany Draper, aged 12, from Meadow Road, won ‘Young Gardener of Year’ at Stafford and Rural Homes’ (SARH) garden awards. The category – new to the awards this year – was presented… Read more »

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Newly refurbished park launched with community games

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A day of fun and games has marked the launch of a recently refurbished play area and park in Penkside. Stafford and Rural Homes teamed up with Stafford Borough Council and Stewart Bishop, a Community Organiser, to run the third annual Meadow Road Games event. The games also saw the official launch of the new… Read more »

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Open day launches SARH annual report

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OVER 100 people came to an open day in Stafford’s Market Square to mark the official launch of Stafford and Rural Homes’ first interactive digital annual report on Tuesday (August 13). The event was an opportunity for SARH customers and the wider public to offer feedback to SARH’s Customer Board and staff about the annual… Read more »


Community games to launch newly refurbished park in Penkside

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OLYMPICS fever is still going strong in Stafford as a special day of community games will mark the official opening of a recently refurbished play area and park in Penkside. Stafford and Rural Homes has teamed up with Stafford Borough Council and Stewart Bishop, a Community Organiser, to run the annual Meadow Road Games event,… Read more »

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Customer Board to launch SARH’s annual report

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Members of the Customer Board and staff from Stafford and Rural Homes are hitting the streets to launch the organisation’s first interactive digital annual report. An open day will be held from SARH’s mobile office in Market Square, on Tuesday, August 13, from 9am to 4pm. The event is an opportunity for SARH customers and… Read more »

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SARH hits the road for Telecare roadshow

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A mobile tour is offering residents across Stafford borough and areas of South Staffordshire a free health check this summer. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) Telecare team is bringing a mobile Telecare and health tour to venues across the region offering advice about how Assistive Technology could help residents remain independent in their own home… Read more »


Customer Services Centre experiencing high volume of calls

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Please accept our apologies if you are trying to contact us. Our Customer Services Centre is experiencing an extremely high number of calls at present. We are endeavouring to answer your call as quickly as possible but if you know the number of the person you wish to speak to please call them direct. We… Read more »


Businesses pitch to dragons to help reduce fuel poverty

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MIDLANDS businesses are being invited to pitch their innovative energy saving products to two leading midlands housing associations in a Dragon’s Den-type pitch. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and South Staffordshire Housing Trust Association (SSHA), which own and manage a combined 11,000 homes in Staffordshire, are supporting a challenge for West Midlands businesses to help… Read more »

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SARH launches new look website

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A STAFFORD housing association has given its website a fresh new look to reflect all that’s happening in its neighbourhood areas. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has launched a dynamic new homepage for its website with all the latest news and information about the organisation and its communities. “The homepage has been designed to… Read more »


Community event aims to celebrate differences

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VARIETY is the spice of life…that’s the message in a special event being run Stafford and Rural Homes. SARH is holding a ‘celebrating differences’ day to embrace the diversity within Stafford Borough – from age and race to gender and religion – at Thirlmere Way Day Centre, in Thirlmere Way, off Merrivale Road, Stafford ,… Read more »

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Youngsters join SARH for first junior estate walkabout

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A team of four youngsters from Blythe Bridge were the first to take strides in a project to give their neighbourhood the once over and offer feedback on where they live. The children, from Springcroft Primary School, took part in Stafford and Rural Homes’ first junior estate walkabout to offer feedback on things they like… Read more »


SARH checklist helps customers prepare for Universal Credit

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes is offering advice to help working age customers prepare for the up and coming Universal Credit system for issuing welfare benefit. From October the government will begin to roll out its new system which means rent will no longer be paid directly to SARH and customers will have to make their… Read more »

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Summer fun in the sun at Shakespeare Road

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AN Independent Living Scheme in Stafford is opening its doors to the local community this weekend. Customers and Stafford and Rural Homes staff at Shakespeare Road, in Highfields, are holding a summer fete from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, July 13. There will be family friendly activities for all ages include face painting, tombola, hook… Read more »

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New development manager joins SARH

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes (SARH) has welcomed a new Development Manager to oversee an ambitious programme to build more affordable homes in Stafford Borough. Harpreet Rayet, 29, joins SARH having previously contracts manager for Aspire Housing for over two years. “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to head up Stafford and Rural Homes development programme… Read more »

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SARH staff have their cake and eat it for charity

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A sale of tasty homemade treats has helped Stafford and Rural Homes raise £224 for Greenhall Nursery and Key Learning Centre on Friday. SARH staff held a cake sale and donated money for a dress down day to raise the money for the nursery, which provides support for pre-school children with a range of learning… Read more »

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Former West Midlands police officer takes over SARH’s Neighbourhood Team

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A former policeman with 30 years’ experience of working with communities in the West Midlands is the new Neighbourhoods Manager at Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). Andy Crowson, 49, a married father-of-one, from Lichfield, will head up SARH’s neighbourhood services team which aims to improve the lives of customers across Stafford Borough. “This is an… Read more »


SARH offers top tips to help your CV shine

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JOBSEEKERS looking for advice on how to make a CV stand out from the crowd are being offered top tips from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). SARH has organised a course on ‘How to make your CV stand out’ which will be run by Adult and Community Learning at Staffordshire County Council, at St Michael’s… Read more »

Read it here first!

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The new edition of the Community Involvement Team’s Blog is now out. It includes some great successes that including: Meadow Road Allotments Highfields Tool Bank and the outcome of the TPAS awards!  Take a look at the Blog here…  

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Housing association on the look out for ‘good neighbours’

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A STAFFORD housing association has begun its annual search for Stafford’s best neighbours. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is appealing for customers to get in touch with their nominations for this year’s ‘Good Neighbour Award’. The idea is to recognise people in the community that go above and beyond the call of duty to help… Read more »

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International visitors help to tidy gardens in Stafford

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LOCAL volunteers – and some special visitors from further afield – came together to help spruce up gardens in Stafford. Stafford and Rural Homes joined with the Crash team from Rising Brook Community Church to tackle two overgrown gardens in Highfields and Burton Manor. They were helped by several volunteers from Alabama in the USA… Read more »


SARH’s Independent Living Services makes the grade

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A STAFFORD housing association’s work to protect vulnerable customers from potential abuse has been awarded an A-grade against standards set for Safeguarding. The Stafford and Rural Homes ‘You First’ team has achieved a Quality Assessment Framework (QAF) grade A, the highest possible, following an inspection of its Independent Living services by Staffordshire County Council. QAF… Read more »


£23.5million investment boosts rural affordable housing

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Two leading housing providers, hoping to invest more than £23.5million in rural affordable homes in Staffordshire by 2016, are championing the need to provide more rural housing to help residents struggling to afford a home. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and Housing Plus are supporting the National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Week (June 10-16), as… Read more »

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Board game helps to offer new SARH customers’ pre tenancy training

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A SPECIALLY designed board game is helping first-time Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) tenants’ get all the information they need to ease into their tenancy. SARH has developed the board game as part of its new pre-tenancy course to help new tenants take on the responsibilities of living in a SARH property. “We wanted to… Read more »

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Craft project helps Jubilee Court residents take a trip down memory lane

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AN ‘arty’ project led by customers living at a Stafford Independent Living Scheme is helping fellow residents take a walk down memory lane. Customers at Stafford and Rural Homes’ Jubilee Court have created a memory lane wall display of old photos and newspaper cuttings looking back at Stafford through the years. “Many of the residents… Read more »

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SARH project offers employment opportunity for Daniel

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A previously unemployed Stafford resident is now helping to regenerate his community after landing a job with support from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). Daniel Bradley, 28, from Sidney Avenue, is working on a £1.6million SARH project to make 44 homes in Penkside warmer and more attractive after SARH’s Independent Living Co-ordinator Cath Cross encouraged… Read more »

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Youngsters learn about the dangers of building sites

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DON’T treat building sites as playgrounds – that was the safety message in a recent talk to children at Silkmore Primary School from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and Bullock Construction. SARH and development contractor Bullock are currently carrying out a £1.5 million refurbishment project to 44 flats near the school on Sidney Avenue, in… Read more »


Boot camp sessions aim to get customers in shape for summer

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A run of free ‘boot camp’ sessions organised by Stafford and Rural Homes is aiming to help get Stafford residents get into shape for summer. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is teaming up with health and fitness specialists and community interest company Healthbox to run sessions across three consecutive Tuesdays at Rowley Park, in Highfields,… Read more »


Presentation marks the start of a week of adult learning

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A WEEK of activities to mark Adult Learners’ Week led by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) kicked off with a presentation to eight customers who have gained a nationally accredited retail and customer services qualification. The customers completed a 12-week National Open College Network (NOCN) Introduction to Retail qualification course, delivered by Lisa Montgomery, from… Read more »

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Artwork gives a glimpse of life at Jubilee Court

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VISITORS to a Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) independent living scheme in Stafford will now be greeted by new piece of artwork created by residents and a local artist. Naomi Jacques, 29,  from Great Haywood, who is studying contemporary art at Stafford College, through Staffordshire University, worked with residents at Jubilee Court, on Edison Road,… Read more »


SARH celebrates the one year anniversary of its first Eco-home

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Today (Tuesday May 14) marks a year since the first family moved into Stafford and Rural Homes’ very first Eco-home. To see all the background behind the project and to hear the views of the Eco-home’s first tenants the Frazer-Ellis family please view the video links below: Creation of the SARH Ecohouse Rebecca and Shaun… Read more »

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Adult Learners’ Week

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Adult Learner’ Week is taking place between 18 – 24 May and we plan on holding a range of events. Our full program is available in the events area of the website.


SARH invests in major refurbishment project

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Major home improvements are being rolled out to Stafford and Rural Homes customers in Stafford. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is investing in a huge programme of works for many of its properties across the borough. The improvements, which include the replacement of kitchens, bathrooms and doors, are being carried out by SARH’s subsidiary trading… Read more »

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SARH holds a week of events to promote adult learning

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A WEEK of activities from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) aims to prove it’s never too late to start learning. SARH is running a range of events as part of Adult Learners Week (20th-24th May) aimed at inspiring adults and promoting learning. “The week is all about giving adults the chance to have a go… Read more »


SARH launches annual Garden Competition

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Green-fingered enthusiasts are being encouraged to put their gardens on show in Stafford and Rural Homes’ annual Garden Competition. Whether you have a greenhouse full of grub, or pansies to be proud of, SARH is appealing to customers to get involved in this year’s event, now in its third year. “The garden competition is our… Read more »


Dot celebrates her 100th birthday

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A special celebration has taken place to mark the 100th birthday of a mother of six from Barlaston. Dorothy Watkiss, or Dot as she likes to be called, marked her special day with a party for friends and family at Stafford and Rural Homes’ Meadow Court Independent Living Scheme where she has lived for 18… Read more »


Customers encouraged to take a stroll with SARH

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes (SARH) is inviting its customers take a stroll with its staff and partner organisations to give their neighbourhood a ‘health check’. SARH customers are invited to join in its latest schedule of estate walkabouts to help identify any environmental issues of concern such as graffiti, fly-tipping hot spots, or external repairs such as… Read more »

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SARH holds a day of fundraising for Greenhall Nursery

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GENEROUS staff at Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) have held a day of fundraising to raise £234 for a centre providing support for pre-school children with a range of learning and physical disabilities and their families. Greenhall Nursery and Key Learning Centre runs a range of unfunded extra services for disabled children and families in… Read more »


SARH learning academy leads to four full-time jobs

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A Stafford housing association’s Learning Academy providing training and employment opportunities has helped 4 young people to find permanent employment. In 2012 Stafford and Rural Homes took on its first 10 trainees through the government’s Youth Contract programme on six month contracts working in partnership with the Shaw Trust. Now three of those trainees Dominic… Read more »


New affordable housing proposals for Swynnerton

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RESIDENTS in Swynnerton are invited to view proposals for an exciting £2million development to build 21 new affordable homes in the village. The new development will be situated in Park View on the former site of the Swynnerton RC Primary School and will be developed for local people and will reflect the local housing need. A… Read more »

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