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Good neighbours will be honoured by SARH

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RESIDENTS who have gone the extra mile to help their neighbours will be amongst those honoured by a Stafford housing association this month. SARH will announce the winner of its Good Neighbour award at its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 20. The award aims to recognise people in the community that go above and… Read more »

AGM set for Thursday 20 September

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Stafford and Rural Homes will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 20 September 2012. This years event is entitled ‘Going for Green’ and will feature short presentations from customers, staff and partners about how SARH helps customers and the environment. Notice of AGM 2012

Housing association on the lookout for ‘good neighbours’

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A local housing association has launched its 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 make… Read more »

Building Stafford’s Healthy Future

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Consultation Event 19th July 2012 Healthy Future Poster Background In 2010 the Government published ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People’ which put local communities at the heart of public health, it also put a new importance of prevention work, and stated Public Health England would support local innovation. In April 2012 Public Health England sent copies of… Read more »

NEW! Gardening Competition – How does your garden grow?

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SARH is now inviting entries to the 2012 Gardening Competition. The competition is free to enter and is open to all SARH customers Please see the full details and entry form on the In the Community section. This competition is now closed.

SARH and Stafford Borough Council team up to promote adult learning

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A week of events to promote adult learning week in the Stafford borough will begin on Monday, May 14. Adult Learners Week will kick off with a festival at Oddfellows Hall inStaffordon Monday May 14 at 9am. Exhibitors will consist of many partners inStaffordshowcasing learning opportunities. A range of free learning sessions being held across the… Read more »

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Community involvement earns SARH ‘Housing Heroes’ nomination

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A HOUSING association’s efforts to involve customers in its work have seen it shortlisted for a major national housing award. The Community Involvement Team at Stafford and Rural Homes is one of six finalists in the ‘Tenant Empowerment Team of the Year’ category in the Housing Heroes Awards 2012. “To be national finalists in this… Read more »

SARH offers £100,000 to improve local community

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes (SARH) has set aside £100,000 to help improve neighbourhoods in the borough. Residents are being offered the chance to bid for a share of the money that can be spent on making a positive difference within the area. “This scheme is a prime example of how we are helping to make… Read more »

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SARH aims to link up with partners through new mobile office

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A STAFFORD housing association is offering to link up with partner agencies to make use of a new mobile office making it easier for customers to get in touch. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) uses the office to attend community events and enable customers who cannot make it to the main office to speak to… Read more »

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SARH annual report shortlisted in regional awards

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SARH is one of six housing associations nominated in the ‘Excellence in Annual Reports’ category in the central region of the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) awards. “A team made up of customers, staff and a design consultancy make our annual report possible and its testament to their hard work and dedication that we have… Read more »

SARH makes apprenticeship roll of honour

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes has been honoured for its commitment to providing apprenticeships The housing association has been added to the National Apprenticeship Service ‘roll of honour’ which supports, co-ordinates and funds the delivery of apprenticeships throughout England. “We are delighted to have been recognised by the NAS as a business that is dedicated to… Read more »


Video aims to encourage more trade apprentices

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A NEW video encouraging more young people in Stafford to take up trade apprenticeships will go online during National Apprenticeship Week. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) will launch a YouTube video showcasing a day in the life of 17-year-old apprentice plumber Kieron Peake, from Stafford. “We want to launch the video to show just how… Read more »

SARH offers support to job hunters

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A COURSE to help job hunters brush up their CV writing and interview skills is being held in Silkmore. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has organised a free session offering advice on how to make your CV stand out from the crowd and how to wow potential employers in an interview, at Silkmore Children’s Centre,… Read more »

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Arty resident’s paintings help to revamp Tithe Barn Court

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A 63 year-old man’s love of painting has helped provide the final touches to refurbishments at the apartments where he lives. Paintings by local artist Jim Valentine are now on display on the walls at Stafford and Rural Homes Tithe Barn Court Independent Living Apartments, on Tithe Barn Road. “When I was asked if my paintings… Read more »

Get Help to Cut your Fuel Bills

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Rising fuel bills are stretching household finances and people are looking for ways to save money on their energy bills – and Stafford & Stone Citizens Advice Bureau is here to help. Stafford & Stone Citizens Advice Bureau will give practical advice and help throughout Big Energy Week (16–21 January 2012) to help people cut their fuel… Read more »

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Mobile office helps SARH staff to visit customers

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A STAFFORD housing association is hitting the road to give help and advice to customers. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) have invested in a new mobile office which will attend community events across the year throughout Stafford Borough giving customers the chance to chat to SARH staff or pick up promotional material about services the… Read more »

Jane Cannell

New voice given to SARH customers

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A RETIRED doctor’s surgery manager from Greyfriars is part of a new board giving Stafford and Rural Homes customer’s greater influence in how the organisation is run. Jane Cannell, 75, is one of eight SARH customer board members that will help shape the future of the housing association, which owns and manages more than 5,600… Read more »

Free advice for job hunters

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Job seekers in Stafford are being offered top tips to help them achieve work in 2012. Stafford and Rural Homes has teamed up with Staffordshire County Council to offer a free course on effective job hunting. “The start of a new year is a popular time for people looking to get back into work or… Read more »


SARH secures £20million from Barclays

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STAFFORD is to see a £20million investment that will provide new homes, jobs and training opportunities. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is to receive the investment from Barclays Corporate  to help the not-for-profit organisation deliver significant improvements to its homes and build 129 new properties in the next four years. SARH also plans to use… Read more »

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Day of action raises over £1800 for children’s charity

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GENEROUS housing association staff have been spreading Christmas cheer to raise £1,843.27p for charity. Stafford and Rural Homes staff took part in a Community Initiative Day to raise money for the Donna Louise Trust, which supports children with shortened life expectancy. During the day staff got stuck in to activities including a raffle, cake sales,… Read more »


SARH Community Day to support The Donna Louise Trust

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Stafford and Rural Homes Offices will close to the public on Tuesday 20 December 2011. Earlier this year SARH set a theme for the year of ‘Making a Difference’. Staff will be donating a full day of their working time to charitable activities. All funds raised on the 20 December will be donated in full to our… Read more »


Santa Claus is coming to town

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A WINTER wonderland is coming to Stafford as Santa pays youngsters a special visit on Friday, December 16. Stafford and Rural Homes Community Resource Centre, at Greyfriars, will be transformed into Santa’s grotto for a fun family event from 12pm to 4pm. Santa is coming to find out what young people would like for Christmas… Read more »

Notice of General Meeting

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Notice is hereby given that a General Meeting of Stafford and Rural Homes Limited will be held at The Rurals, 1 Parker Court, Staffordshire Technology Park, Beaconside, Stafford ST18 0WP on Wednesday 04 January 2012, commencing at 5.30pm . The business of the meeting will be to: resolve that the following be passed as a… Read more »

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SARH is a healthy place to work

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes (SARH) has received an award for its commitment to looking after the health and wellbeing of staff. SARH has been awarded a bronze Workplace Health Award by Staffordshire County Council for its efforts to assist employees to lead a healthier lifestyle. “We are committed to the health and wellbeing of all our… Read more »

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Hall Close men grow a ‘tache for cash

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FUNDRAISERS from Silkmore have enjoyed a hair-raising experience – growing moustaches for charity.  Ken Baker, Brian Wright and John Wakefield raised £200 for the Everyman prostate cancer charity after being sponsored to grow moustaches during ‘Movember’.  All three fundraisers live in Stafford and Rural Homes’ apartments at Hall Close and their efforts were supported by… Read more »

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SARH win top TSA award

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) won the top prize at the Telecare Services Association (TSA) Crystal Awards for providing Lifeline equipment to customer Paul McKenzie so his dog Millie could learn how to sound the alarm if he fell ill. The awards – presented at the TSA’s annual conference in London – recognised excellence in… Read more »

Open days highlight scheme improvements

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A PUBLIC celebration is being held to mark a £75,000 refurbishment at Impstones Independent Living Scheme in Gnosall. The public is invited to come and see improvements made to Stafford and Rural Homes scheme at Impstones, from 12pm to 2pm on Wednesday, December 7. A revamp of the community centre at Impstones included a new… Read more »

New job club opens up employment opportunities

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A PROJECT helping unemployed people in Stafford to find work has been extended. A new fortnightly Job Club has been set up by Stafford and Rural Homes and the unemployment support charity Stafford Works at Shire Hall library. The club has been set up with support from Stafford Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and Job… Read more »

Website Survey

SARH seeks feedback on its website

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is asking for feedback on its recently developed award winning website.   SARH’s website recently won the Website/Intranet category of this year’s Institute of Internal Communications’ North Regional Awards – now SARH want to hear what its users think of the site. “To win a prestigious award for our website is fantastic but… Read more »


‘Urban Gallery’ aims to show public’s view of Stafford

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A NEW arts project in Stafford is helping transform a vacant shop into a colourful display of photographs, paintings and crafts. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is using the window of an empty shop it owns in Greyfrairs to create an arts display put together by public volunteers from Stafford. “Empty shops look dull and… Read more »


SARH hailed as climate change champions in green awards

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A £3.4 million project to make homes in the Highfields area of Stafford more energy efficient has been recognised with a special environmental award. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) was named ‘Climate Change Champion’ in Stafford Borough Council’s Green Awards for its work to reduce the carbon footprint of over 300 homes in the Highfields… Read more »

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Rachael conquers ‘Big Ben’

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DRIVING 60mph winds and hail weren’t enough to stop a Stafford woman who has had two kidney transplants from conquering Ben Nevis. Rachael Cook, 32, who works in the finance department for Stafford and Rural Homes, trekked 4,406 feet to the summit of the UK’s tallest mountain and raised more than £2,500 for Kidney Research… Read more »

Liz Pilley - Money Management Adviser

SARH helps residents find additional income

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A money management expert has helped identify more than £850,000 of additional income for people across Stafford in the past two years. Liz Pilley, a money management advisor for Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), works with customers giving advice on grants, housing benefits, utility tariffs and a range of benefits such as pension credits, working… Read more »

Jobcentre Plus offers Flexible Advisory Services for Penkside jobseekers

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SARH is a key partner on the Penkside Project. The Project aims to address inequalities in health and wellbeing of children and families and access to employment in the Rickerscote and Silkmore areas of Stafford. One of our partners on this project is Jobcentre Plus. They have provided the following briefing note aimed at people… Read more »

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SARH bosses go back to the floor with frontline staff

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MANAGERS and directors at a Stafford housing association joined their staff on the frontline to see how they are helping customers across the borough. Stafford and Rural Homes bosses spent time working with plumbers, gas engineers, care workers, call centre staff and other teams across the organisation as part of National Customer Services Week. “We… Read more »

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SARH’s website scoops regional award

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The recently redesigned website of Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has won a major regional award for great communication. SARH received the prestigious Class Winner award in the Website/Intranet category fighting off stiff competition at this year’s Institute of Internal Communications’ North Regional Awards ceremony at the Leeds Marriott Hotel. “This award is a credit… Read more »


Gas engineer wins regional award for customer service

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Alex McGregor, 48, from Stafford, who works in the Repairs First team for SARH, has received the Institute of Customer Service Customer Champion award for the West Midlands region. “I was very proud to be nominated for this award let alone to be a winner.  I am however not the only person at SARH assisting our customers to deal… Read more »

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Young apprentices’ chance to learn their trade

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A NEW apprenticeship scheme is giving five college students the chance to become fully-qualified in their trade. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is working in partnership with Stafford College to create employment and learning opportunities for trainee plumbers, electricians, bricklayers and other construction apprentices, aged between 17 and 19, through its Learning Academy. One of… Read more »

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Blooming success for garden winners in competition

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GREEN-fingered residents from across the Stafford Borough are celebrating after their gardens scooped the top prizes in Stafford and Rural Homes’ garden competition. Shelia Hagan-Clay, of Swinburne Close, in Highfields, claimed the award for best back garden and Herbert Murfin, of The Uplands, in Great Heywood, took the best front garden title. “To find out… Read more »

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