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Community fund provides new conservatory for Shakespeare Road residents

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 loves it and there’s always someone sitting in there which is very nice,” said Brenda Shirley, a resident at Shakespeare Road who helped put forward the application.

“We are going to use it for all sorts of things and we plan to hold the Christmas party in there as we can include more tables than our usual venue.”

The Customer Initiative Scheme is part of SARH’s commitment to promoting community spirit and helping to improve standards of living.

SARH has £100,000 of funding and each year its customers are invited to apply for grants to help make the improvements they want see in their neighbourhoods.

Bids are judged on a number of considerations including whether it reduces vandalism or fear of crime, build community spirits, benefits elderly or vulnerable groups, improves disabled access or provides a positive environmental impact.

This year 32 bids from across Stafford Borough were successful ranging from water butts to conserve water, security lighting and a community sensory garden.

The judging panel for the scheme was made up of two SARH customers, Tony Young and Annie Mellor, who are also volunteer customer inspectors.

For more information on the Customer Initiative Scheme contact Sandra Shipperley on 0800 111 4554 or email sandra.shipperley@sarh.co.uk.

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