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BeConnected is reconnecting!

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Our award-winning BeConnected project, aimed at tackling loneliness and isolation in and around Staffordshire, has launched a fresh programme of Covid-safe events.

Throughout the pandemic, members of our the BeConnected team and volunteers have stayed in touch with those who attended BeConnected activities before lockdown, checking on their wellbeing.

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Get involved

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Your voice, your home, your future
Following the merger of Housing Plus Group and Stafford and Rural Homes we identified the need for a single Customer Involvement and Customer Voice Model to be developed as all three landlords within the Group had different approaches to customer involvement.

Our Homes board, involved customers and colleagues have been working closely together to create a proposed new model to ensure that we provide a wide range of opportunities for tenants and residents views to be regularly sought and used to inform decisions.

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Housing Plus Group named in Top 50 Biggest Builders

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Housing Plus Group has been named as one of the Top 50 Biggest Builders in the country in a new survey published by Inside Housing magazine.
This is the first time that we have been included in the annual ranking, placing us among the top three per cent of social landlords in the UK.

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From the frontline: The telecare team, Parker Court

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There aren’t many jobs where you go home at the end of the day knowing that you’ve made a difference and possibly even saved a life.”  Chris Pugh is the telecare manager at Parker Court. His team staffs our control centre providing a 24:7 emergency response to our customers who have the reassurance of a personal alarm to call for help if they need… Read more »

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Strong demand for affordable village homes

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High levels of interest in newly-built homes released during Rural Housing Week have underlined strong demand for affordable housing in Coven.

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New homes change lives

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We are marking Rural Housing Week (6-10 July) by showing how one of our newest homes has improved the lives of its first tenants.

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Introducing idverde 

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Stafford and Rural Homes has appointed idverde to provide grounds maintenance services across the region.   idverde is the UK’s leading outdoor facilities management provider, delivering grounds maintenance services to clients across the country, including more than 30 housing associations.  idverde will carry out services such as grass and hedge cutting, shrub bed maintenance, litter picking and cleaning of paths and hard services.  … Read more »

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Carers Week 8-14 June: Thanks for YOUR support

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In Carers Week we wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ to our families, neighbours and local communities for the incredible support that you have given us during the coronavirus crisis.

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Andrew, employment and money advice officer

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Andrew is usually based in our busy office in Stafford. During lockdown, he has been working from home.  “We had to act really quickly to ensure that we could continue to provide essential services for customers, many of whom are in a vulnerable position. “The first few weeks in lockdown were incredibly busy. There were… Read more »

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Coronavirus crisis can’t stop us tackling loneliness!

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During the current coronavirus lockdown it’s more important than ever that we don’t forget those who may already have been feeling lonely or isolated – especially if they have no-one else to look out for them during these difficult times.

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Life in lockdown: A series of reports in the words of our customers

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Joyce, using social media to keep connected We’re talking to some of our customers who are socially distancing. Isolating but not on their own. Joyce lives in one of our Care Plus retirement living communities. This is her story.  “I’m very independent and usually quite happy on my own but it was hard not going… Read more »

Celebrating Lottery success, are: Ron Mellor, BeConnected Volunteer; Hayley Murphy, Independent Living Manager; Judy Mitchell, BeConnected Customer; Alison Poole, BeConnected Co-ordinator, Jane Green, The National Lottery Community Fund Funding Officer, Midlands; Joy Patton, BeConnected Customer; Kathy Jones, Operational director of housing for Housing Plus Group.

BeConnected members join in lottery celebrations

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An award-winning project that’s helping tackle loneliness and isolation in communities across Stafford has been joining in recent celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the first National Lottery draw.

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BeConnected party beats the winter blues

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A special party organised as part of an award-winning community project managed by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has helped customers banish the winter blues.

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SARH customer shortlisted for national award

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A Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) customer determined to make a positive difference to the lives of older people has been shortlisted for a national award.

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Apprentices building firm foundations for trade careers

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has welcomed the latest cohort to its successful apprenticeship programme.
Over the past few years the housing association has taken on almost 40 apprentices and almost all have found jobs with SARH or other local organisations or businesses after passing their NVQs.

The Mayor of Stafford, Cllr Gareth Jones and Mayoress Renee Robinson join celebration to mark the completion of the Woodlands Road development watched by (left to right) Cllr Jonathan Price; Cllr Bryan Cross MBE; Sarah Boden, Housing Plus Group Chief Executive; John Mather, Community Led Housing Specialist at
Homes England and Cllr Jeremy Pert.

Partners celebrate regeneration success

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A special ribbon cutting and tree planting ceremony has marked the official completion of a project that’s transformed the Holmcroft area of Stafford with the construction of 40 new homes.

Celebrating Lottery success, are: Ron Mellor, BeConnected Volunteer; Hayley Murphy, Independent Living Manager; Judy Mitchell, BeConnected Customer; Alison Poole, BeConnected Co-ordinator, Jane Green, The National Lottery Community Fund Funding Officer, Midlands; Joy Patton, BeConnected Customer; Kathy Jones, Operational director of housing for Housing Plus Group.

BeConnected members join in lottery celebrations

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An award-winning project that’s helping tackle loneliness and isolation in communities across Stafford has been joining in recent celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the first National Lottery draw.

Opening Doors – Autumn/Winter 2019 Issue

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Welcome to the Autumn/Winter edition of Stafford and Rural Homes Customer Magazine.   Download: Opening Doors –  Autumn/Winter 2019 

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Christmas Opening Hours 2019

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Our out-of-hours emergency service will operate as usual. Please contact this service on 0800 111 4554.

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Self Service Maintenance

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This weekend our online system will be undergoing essential maintenance from 5.15pm on Friday 22nd November until 8am on Monday 25th November.

During this time, the Self Service functions including viewing your application and checking your rent balance will be unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

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Online Payment System Issues

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We are currently experiencing issues with the online payment system and are working to fix this as quickly as possible. In the meantime, if you need make a rent payment please call 0800 111 4554.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Kind hearts at community group

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A Stafford-based community group has been celebrating acts of kindness from family, friends and strangers with the help of the area’s leading provider of affordable homes.
In the run up to World Kindness Day (Wednesday, November 13), members of WhYCH met at the Round House community venue to talk about what it means to be kind and to share their experiences.

SARH customer Avis Williams hears she’s won the Good Neighbour Award during an event at Parker Court.

Good neighbour award for kind-hearted Avis

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Caring for elderly neighbours who need a little extra help around the home has earned Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) customer Avis Williams a special award from the housing association.
From dropping in to check on the wellbeing of other customers living in a Stafford Independent Living Scheme, to bringing them meals and taking them to appointments, nothing is too much trouble for the winner of this year’s SARH Good Neighbour Award.

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