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Silver surfers gain IT award

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) customers at Marston Court have taken part in a ‘Get Digital’ scheme, which has been teaching them basic IT including sending and receiving emails, searching the internet and writing letters. Among the silver surfers was retired rail worker Ken Holford, from Yarlet Croft, which is part of Marston Court Independent Living Scheme…. Read more »

Census 2011

27 March is Census Day

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Census day is 27 March 2011 and you will receive your questionnaire in the middle of March. You will need to complete your questionnaire on or around this date so that we can take a snapshot of the population as it stands on one day – to give a consistent picture for the whole country…. Read more »

Closure of Stone Advice Shop

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On the 4 March 2011 the Stone Advice Shop will be closing. SARH is looking to provide a more flexible service for its customers in Stone from March. Personal home visits will be offered where necessary and customers will be able to contact us by phone, email or text when the Stone office closes. The… Read more »

Stone Road Special Needs Development

£1million investment in homes for disabled people

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A £1million project in Stafford will create eight homes for people with severe physical disabilities. The new development on Stone Road will see specially adapted homes built for severely physically disabled people in the Stafford borough who require more suitable housing. The project is the first special needs development carried out by Stafford and Rural… Read more »

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SARH’s birthday gift to Walton Hall

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REFURBISHMENT work on a school building within the grounds of Walton Hall has been given funding from a Stafford and Rural Homes. SARH  donated £555 to the project at Walton Hall Community Special School near Eccleshall as part of its fifth birthday celebrations.  Anna McLauchlan, Neighbourhoods Project Officer for SARH, said: “To mark SARH’s anniversary… Read more »

SARH invests £50million to improve customers’ homes

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Stafford and Rural Homes has invested tens of millions of pounds to hit a government target for improving its customers’ homes. SARH has spent more than £50million on improvements including new bathrooms, kitchens and windows in order to meet the Government’s target for Decent Homes.  Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of Stafford and Rural Homes, said:… Read more »

Staff survey shows positive results for SARH

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RESULTS of an independent survey show that over 90 per cent of staff enjoy working for Stafford and Rural Homes. The survey – carried out by employee engagement specialists People Insight Ltd – asked 180 staff a range of questions on what it is like to work for SARH. The results were extremely positive –… Read more »

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Charity begins at home

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Stafford and Rural Homes held a Christmas raffle and collection instead of buying Christmas cards and raised more than £300 for The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust, which provides respite and end-of-life care for children in Staffordshire and South Cheshire. The company also donated £200 following a recent staff survey. Chris Belyavin, Fundraiser at the… Read more »

SARH customers’ chance to learn new skills

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Customers of Stafford and Rural Homes will be able to swat up on their IT skills, learn about eBay and how to save energy in January. The housing association is launching its biggest ever programme of free customer learning courses in January with plans to offer different sessions all year. “We are committed to offering… Read more »

SARH asks customers to spread Christmas spirit to their neighbours

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Although the Christmas holiday is traditionally a time for family and friends, Stafford and Rural Homes is urging customers to think about those living close by who might not have anyone to think about them. Karen Armitage, SARH chief executive, said: “Families are becoming geographically separated so vulnerable people may not have anyone to care… Read more »

Stafford and Rural Homes 5th Birthday Celebrations

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Stafford and Rural Homes will be celebrating their 5th Birthday on the 6 February 2011. If your child was born on the 6 February 2006 and you would like them to be included in some of the events that we will be holding to celebrate on the 3 February 2011, please contact our freephone number… Read more »


Weather presenter backs winter warmth message

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WEATHER presenter Emma Jesson has backed Stafford and Rural Homes’ message aimed at keeping people warm and healthy over winter. The ITV Central Tonight presenter has praised SARH’s bid to help families and older people living in its homes to keep warm over the next few months. Emma said: “It’s going to be cold for… Read more »

Extra help for families with children

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From 2 November 2009, Child Benefit payments no longer reduce the amount of Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit that parents get. The changes mean that some families will get more help or may be able to get help towards their rent or council tax for the first time. If you already get Housing Benefit… Read more »


First customers move into new affordable homes

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A former demolished garage site in Burton Manor has been transformed into nine modern and affordable homes by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). The first customers to move into the recently completed homes at The Spinney, were welcomed in a special celebration, on Monday, November 29. SARH’s Chief Executive Karen Armitage was joined by Stafford… Read more »

Send your Christmas lists to Santa

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YOUNGSTERS will get the chance to send their letters to Father Christmas from a special post box. The delivery points will be at Stafford and Rural Homes’  Community Resource Centre Greyfriars Stafford and the Stone Shop at Crown Courtyard Stone from December 1. “Christmas is fast approaching and I’m sure youngsters  have been busy preparing their… Read more »


Housing association gains major Telecare accreditation

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A service that gives around the clock support to elderly and vulnerable customers in Stafford has been recognised by the UK’s Telecare authority. Stafford and Rural Homes’ has been accredited by the Telecare Services Authority (TSA) – the UK’s representative authority on Telecare services. The award was given after a TSA audit of SARH’s 24… Read more »

SARH gets set for TV Digital switchover

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes is upgrading its communal television aerials ahead of the digital switchover. The move will ensure 1,000 SARH customers are kept in the picture when the digital switchover takes place in the central region. “We appreciate how important a good television service is to customers who are served by our communal aerials,”… Read more »

SARH customers have greater influence in how the organisation is run

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes is providing customers with a greater say in how the organisation is run. From April 2011 SARH will be including more people in making decisions by changing the structure of its Board. Under the new governance procedures the existing Board, which has 15 members, will be split into two specialist groups:… Read more »

SARH launches new YouTube page

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is social networking to keep its customers up to date on what it is doing. SARH has set up its own YouTube page and is posting video footage of different initiatives it is involved with in the borough. “More and more people are using social networking sites to find out what’s… Read more »

Silver Surfers receive wave of support

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SILVER surfers are to get new computers and extra training to improve their online experiences. Stafford and Rural Homes successfully bid for up to £6,000 of government funding and will use the money to improve the IT facilities for the over 55s living at Marston Court and Shakespeare Road Independent Living Schemes. The schemes will… Read more »

New affordable housing in Stafford

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has teamed up with a local building society to offer help to first-time buyers in the borough. SARH has made two homes at its new housing development on Morton Road available to purchase through shared ownership. Stafford Railway Building Society is working with SARH to offer new customers competitive, shared… Read more »


New mural gives garage site a new lease of life

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STUDENTS from a Stafford High School have been getting creative to give run down artwork on the wall of local garages a new lease of life. Students from Sir Graham Balfour School, on North Avenue, have teamed up with Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) to revamp an outdated mural on the back of garages at… Read more »

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Better Gas Safe than sorry

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SARH  is backing a national campaign to raise awareness of gas safety in the home. Badly-fitted and poorly-serviced gas appliances can be deadly and as the winter months draw closer Stafford and Rural Homes is supporting the Gas Safe Registers ‘Better Gas Safe than sorry’ campaign. Edward Malkin , Head of Property Maintenance from SARH,… Read more »

Spooky goings on in Stafford

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Fun activities at the Community Resource Centre in Greyfrairs will include pin the fangs on Dracula, apple bobbing, a ‘Dare you Dip’ bran tub and face painting. “We want the event to be a fun celebration of Halloween that customers of all ages can enjoy,” said Pam Smith, SARH Customer Participation Officer. “There will be… Read more »

SARH wins legal case against noisy resident

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A woman has been threatened with jail if she disturbs her neighbours again. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) applied for a Committal Order against Leanne Smalling, 21, of Poplar Way, at Stafford County Court, on Thursday, October 7. The legal action followed several complaints from neighbours that Mrs Smalling had been playing extremely loud music… Read more »


Elderly talk to ‘Big Brother’

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A BIG Brother-style diary room has visited two independent living schemes in Stafford to ask older people what they think about where they live. The diary room was set up by Stafford and Rural Homes to give customers living at Jubilee Court and Lichfield Court the opportunity to talk about what they like about where… Read more »

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Owner’s dog is taught new tricks

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A DOG is being taught a new trick so that she can raise the alarm if her disabled owner needs help. With the help of Stafford and Rural Homes, Millie, a two-year-old Labrador, has learned how to press the button to raise the alarm if Paul McKenzie falls ill. Paul, of Castle View in Derrington,… Read more »


SARH’s friendly face is not your average Joe

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FOR Stafford and Rural Homes customers seeking help and advice about their home, Joe Sproston is often the first point of call. The 29-year-old, from Rising Brook, is a customer services advisor for SARH and helps answer any housing queries customers might have – either on the phone or face-to-face. Joe has worked for the… Read more »


Good neighbours win special award

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DELIGHTED neighbours have thanked a Silkmore couple for their efforts in the community by nominating them for an award. John and Jean Wakefield won the Stafford and Rural Homes Good Neighbour award 2010 for doing a series of good turns over the past four years. The couple, who live at Hall Close Independent Living Apartments,… Read more »

Events to encourage older people to stay active

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PEOPLE aged over 55 in Stafford are being urged to get fitter and healthier. Stafford and Rural Homes is promoting health and well-being in the borough and raising awareness of advice on offer to older people at a series of open days at five of its Independent Living schemes. The events – which will include… Read more »

AGM 2010

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notice of AGM 2010

Independent Living Schemes – Improvements Planned

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During September and October Karen Armitage, Chief Exective and Ian Yeomans, Director of Asset Managment at SARH will be visiting 13 of our Independent Living Schemes to inform our customers of the dates improvement work will commence.  Please see schedule below Thursday, 16 September – 10.00 am To 1.00 pm Meadow Court Monday, 20 September… Read more »

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Offenders get to work on rusty railings

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A TEAM of offenders sentenced to Community Payback have been giving a new lease of life to a part of Stafford. Eight people in the Stafford Community Payback scheme, run by Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust, have been busy sanding down and repainting rusty railings that surround a housing estate in Rickerscote. Stafford and… Read more »


Neighbours come together to sign Neighbourhood agreement

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NEIGHBOURS in Barlaston have signed up to build stronger community relations in their area. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), Staffordshire Police, Greenfingers and Stafford Borough Council are working customers on the Wedgwood Estate to improve their neighbourhood through a neighbourhood agreement. “The agreement aims to help bring the community in Barlaston closer together and make… Read more »

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Help at hand for would-be litter pickers

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Stafford residents are being encouraged to keep their neighbourhood tidy. Stafford and Rural Homes and Stafford Borough Council’s Streetscene team are loaning litter pickers and providing bags to help customers keep the streets free from rubbish. Neil Robison, a 43-year old SARH customer from Western Downs, who is backing the project, said: “It is important… Read more »

Respect Action Day in Barlaston

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A COMMUNITY event in Barlaston is aiming to get local people to make a positive impact on their neighbourhoods. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and its partners are running a Respect Action Day, at Wedgwood Drive, on Thursday, August 5. Funded by Stone Community and Learning Partnership, the event will give customers the chance to… Read more »


National Housing Federation chief opens new Extra care scheme in Stafford

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THE chief executive of the national housing federation (NHF) David Orr has met customers living at SARH Extra care scheme in Stafford. Mr Orr was invited to the official reopening of Jubilee Court, on Edison Road, which is run by Stafford and Rural Homes and has recently undergone a £2.4 million redevelopment. The NHF represents… Read more »

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