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Jubilee Court – Official Opening

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Jubilee Court, SARH first Extra Care Scheme was officially opened on the 1 July. Customers welcomed Mr David Orr of the National Housing Federation to officially open Jubilee Court. They invited Mr Orr on a guided tour of their scheme and customers were more than happy to share their experiences, creating a ‘story board’ telling… Read more »

SARH achieves its second major health and safety accreditation of the year

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Stafford and Rural Homes has gained accreditation from the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) – a well recognised independent body that assesses health and safety practice in the construction and building maintenance sector. Dave Wilkins, head of asset planning and development for SARH, said: “The accreditation further demonstrates that our Repairs First service… Read more »

Celebration of Polish culture in Stafford

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A CELEBRATION of Stafford’s Polish community is being organised by SARH. Stafford and Rural Homes – working in partnership with the Polish White Eagle Club – is staging the celebration at its Community Resource Centre, in Greyfriars, on Friday, May 28. The event will include an opportunity for members of the Polish community to make… Read more »

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SARH at the forefront of fight against hate crimes

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Stafford and Rural Homes has been elected to the executive committee of Chase Against Crimes of Hate (CACH) – a multi-agency partnership looking to put an end to all crimes of discrimination and prejudice in the county. Kathryn Bradbury, Neighbourhood Services Manager, said: “SARH is keen to work alongside its partners to help make Stafford… Read more »

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Energy event proves big hit at Highfields

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Residents have received expert advice on saving money by cutting their energy bills and reducing their impact on the environment. A British Gas run ‘Big Community Day’ , in partnership with SARH, took place at Highfields Social Club on Tuesday, May 4. The event offered practical advice on energy saving products and services and energy… Read more »

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St George’s Road celebrates St George’s Day

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WHEN St George’s Day comes along residents in one Stafford street have more reason than many to celebrate. For St George’s Road is named after England’s patron saint so Stafford and Rural Homes’ customers make sure they mark the occasion. Several customers at the sheltered scheme decorated the street with bunting and organised a tea… Read more »

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Silkmore sees children’s artwork come to life

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Children have designed a work of art that will brighten up part of Silkmore. The art project – led by Stafford and Rural Homes – has transformed the raised flower bed planters on Exeter Street thanks to the designs of Silkmore Primary School pupils Chloe Jones and Nathan Till. They won a competition, which was… Read more »

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£10,000 donation helps to fund new vehicle for student fire-fighters

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STUDENT firefighters have received a £10,000 donation from Stafford and Rural Homes to help fund a new training vehicle. The van will come complete with fire-fighting equipment such as a hose and will be used to help train young people studying a BTEC Level 2, Fire and Rescue Service in the Community Award. Staffordshire’s Chief… Read more »

SARH goes for gold

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has retained a Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for its commitment to looking after the safety and welfare of its staff and customers. It is the second consecutive year that SARH has achieved the award. Clive Gill, health and safety officer for SARH… Read more »

A focus on values brings the community in Burton Manor together

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OVER 100 customers from Burton Manor basked in the sunshine at a special event to help make their neighbourhood a better place to live. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and its partners ran a Respect Action Day in Merry Road on Thursday, April 8, to focus on the community and give customers the chance to… Read more »

Easter Treasure Hunt!

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On Friday 9 April 2010 SARH will be holding an Easter Treasure Hunt in Stone.  Our younger customers are invited to take part in this seasonal fun which is being supported by local shops and businesses.  The fun starts at 10.00am at the Stone Shop, 3 Crown Courtyard, Crown Street, Stone.  Stafford Town Crier will be on… Read more »

‘Have Your Say’ Day

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Do you have any views on how SARH is performing? Or would you like to tell us what you think we should be doing to make your homes and neighbourhoods better places to live? If so, come along to our ‘Have Your Say Day’ at the Gatehouse Theatre, Eastgate Street, Stafford on 19 April between… Read more »

SARH receives over £20,000 in government funding

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SARH has successfully bid for money from the Housing Challenge Fund, which was set up in November 2009, to support new family intervention projects in the UK. The £11million pot of money, which has been part funded by housing associations and local authorities, has been allocated to 88 projects across the country. Housing Minister John… Read more »

SARH successfully wins anti social behaviour injunction order

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A STAFFORD resident’s continued acts of noise nuisance and antisocial behavi our have resulted in legal action from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). SARH successfully applied for an Anti Social Behav iour Injunction Order (ASBI) against Christopher Scattergood, of Greyfriars, at Stafford County Court on Thursday, March 18. The legal action followed several complaints from… Read more »

£100,000 funding up for Grabs

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Customers of Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) with an idea for improving their community are being invited to a bid for a share of a £100,000 funding pot. In previous years the Customer Initiative Scheme has paid out cash grants for a range of ideas including new fencing, increased security, new lighting or improved landscaping… Read more »

Housing schemes undergo major improvement work

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A multi-million pound improvement programme to raise the standard of accommodation for elderly people in Stafford and Stone is currently underway. Seven sheltered schemes have already been refurbished and improved under the programme, which began in 2007 as part of a major investment by Stafford and Rural Homes. The investment programme aims to raise the… Read more »

SARH amongst Housing Heroes

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Stafford and Rural Homes is one of a group of housing associations that have been honoured for saving their customers thousands of pounds by working in partnership. Stafford and Rural Homes has worked as a key partner in the Generate Group to share experiences and to procure effective delivery for new projects and improved services… Read more »

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SARH customer short-listed in national awards

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A SINGLE mum who has dedicated herself to helping others in the community has made the regional shortlist for a national award. Stafford and Rural Homes entered one of their customers, Denny Corbett, into the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) Tenant of the Year award due to her commitment to helping others in Rising Brook…. Read more »

New extra care scheme

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There comes a time in life when a bit more security and help are needed. But you don’t want to sacrifice your independence in order to get a little extra care. Jubilee Court has 1 and 2 bedroom apartments available for rent with optional tailored care exclusively for the over 55s. Jubilee Court offers a… Read more »

New extra care scheme

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There comes a time in life when a bit more security and help are needed. But you don’t want to sacrifice your independence in order to get a little extra care. Jubilee Court has 1 and 2 bedroom apartments available for rent with optional tailored care exclusively for the over 55s. Jubilee Court offers a… Read more »

Mortgage rescue scheme helps customers to stay in their home

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PEOPLE in danger of losing their homes because of the recession are getting help from Stafford and Rural Homes. A mortgage rescue scheme is being run by SARH, in partnership with Stafford Borough Council and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau to help people struggling to make mortgage payments. Colin Roff, Special Projects Officer for SARH, said:… Read more »

Uninvited Traders told: Stay away from our doors

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Customers of Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) – working in partnership with Staffordshire Police – have declared Oxleathers Court a ‘No Uninvited Traders Zone’ and have put up signs warning off rogue traders, cold callers and distraction burglars. June Bradshaw, 77, said: “Before this campaign started we used to get people trying to sell things… Read more »

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SARH celebrates its 4th anniversary

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HOMES in Stafford have seen a £46million investment since they were transferred to SARH four years ago. SARH revealed the figure this week as it celebrated its fourth anniversary since taking ownership of 5,600 homes in 2006. “We set out in 2006 to provide quality and affordable homes in safe environments and the investment we… Read more »

Respect events brings the community together

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OVER 50 parents and young people from Highfields attended a special event to help make a positive impact in their neighbourhood. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and its partners ran a Respect Action Day, at The Grove School, on Thursday, January 28, to collect litter and give customers the chance to speak to them directly…. Read more »

Free mobile calls for benefit claimants

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Free phone calls for most people using their mobiles to claim benefits and pensions have been announced by the Department for Work and Pensions. Six of the biggest mobile phone network companies will no longer charge their customers for calls to the Department’s 0800 Benefit Claim lines. Currently 12% of UK households use only mobile phones and… Read more »

New Affordable Homes in Stafford – Information events

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Members of the community are being invited to a series of information events being organised by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) during January. The events are being held to give members of the community more information about our plans to provide new, affordable homes in the Borough. Karen Armitage chief executive of SARH said “Our… Read more »

SNOW – LATEST UPDATE

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Some services to customers may be affected due to the current adverse weather conditions.  If you are experiencing difficulties in your home or need advice and assistance please contact us on 0800 111 4554. Updated  14 Jan 10 If you are due to attend a meeting at our offices you are advised to contact us on… Read more »

SARH launches their third Learing Programme for customers

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FREE lessons in feng shui and writing a CV are being offered to Stafford and Rural Homes’ customers. SARH has launched the training courses to help customers expand their horizons and find employment. “We really hope these new skills will make a difference to our customers’ lives whether this is helping them to get a… Read more »

Stafford and Rural Homes deals with cold snap

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes has taken extra steps to ensure it can respond as quickly as possible to customers affected by problems in the extreme cold weather. SARH has stocked up on extra heaters that can be supplied to customers if they experience central heating problems or boiler breakdowns. The SARH gas and repair teams… Read more »

Beware telephone scams

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SARH have been advised that fraudsters are phoning our customers claiming to be from BT.  They claim that customers owe money and that they will be cut off if they don’t make payment over the telephone. What to do if fraudsters call If you receive such a call and you suspect that it is fraudulent:… Read more »

£4.7 million project to provide more affordable homes in Stafford

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A £4.7million project will see 44 new affordable homes built in Stafford. The ambitious project is the first new housing development built by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) to address the increasing need for affordable homes in the area. “SARH understands the increasing demand for affordable housing in the Borough and this exciting new build… Read more »

Rent-free festive fortnight

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As we draw closer to Christmas, we’d like to take the time to remind you that for all of our customers not in arrears, there will be no rent collection on the weeks commencing December 21 and 28 2009. But that’s not to say you cannot top up your account! You are more than welcome… Read more »

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New partnership forged between SARH and Jewson

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A PARTNERSHIP has been built that will save Stafford and Rural Homes thousands of pounds and help it provide a more efficient service. Stafford and Rural Homes has linked with builders’ merchants Jewson who have opened a new £200,000 store facility on the Tollgate Industrial Estate. Three jobs have been created at the warehouse where… Read more »

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SARH visits House of Commons to support national prepayment meter campaign

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has taken the fight for fairer gas and electricity charges to the House of Commons on Monday, November 23. SARH attended a reception to help raise support for a National Housing Federation campaign to introduce fairer charges for prepay meter customers. A customer of SARH, Jean Godwin, 56, from Burton… Read more »

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New agreement aims to build stronger community relations

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NEIGHBOURS in Stafford have agreed to work together to build stronger community relations in their area. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is working with its customers to improve their neighbourhood with the launch of a community agreement. The agreement sets out the commitments of customers living at Hesketh Road to being good neighbours and communicating… Read more »

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Respect Action Day – North End

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A recent Respect Action Day saw customers flock to Stafford Common to talk to us and our partners about what changes they would like to see in their community. Further Respect Action Days are planned for other areas.  Please contact our Customer Services Centre on 0800 1114554 for more information

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Highfields in Bloom

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Although winter is almost upon us we’d like to tell you about a Garden competition which was held on Highfields at the end of summer. Fantastic, brilliant, marvellous, and out of this world  were the words of amazement that came from the judges as they surveyed gardens entered in the HERaTAGE Best Garden Competition. The… Read more »

Looking for a home in Blythe Bridge?

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is holding an open day for prospective tenants at Blythe Lodge, Grindley Lane Blythe Bridge. Blythe Lodge is a Sheltered Housing Scheme for the over 60’s. It comprises of 22 one bed roomed flats and 7 one and two bed roomed bungalows. Sheltered housing is designed to help customers feel… Read more »

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SARH supports National Customer Services week

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National Customer Service Week, which runs from 5-11 October, is designed to raise awareness of customer service and the vital role it plays within an organisation. It is also an opportunity to say a big thank you to those who work in customer service for a job well done. SARH is proud of it’s Customer… Read more »

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