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.

Making Every Contact Count

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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National Poetry Day 2019

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To celebrate, we are sharing the joint-winning entries to the SARH 2019 Poetry and Creative Arts Competition from Ronald Maxwell and Linda Horton. The theme this year was ‘There’s No Place Like Home’.


Annual Meeting Showcase celebrates the life of Stafford and Rural Homes

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The 13-year history of Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) was celebrated last week during a memorable annual meeting staged as the organisation prepares for merger.   Customers, stakeholders and staff past and present paid tribute to the organisation during an event that followed a ‘This is Your Life’ format hosted by the housing association’s own… Read more »

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Garden haven for wildlife receives recognition from SARH

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Creating a safe haven for newts, dragonflies and even a rare native reptile has earned a Stafford householder a prestigious award from the area’s leading provider of affordable places to live, Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH).

Nikki Candin from Doxey, Stafford, scooped top honours in the Best Wildlife or Eco Garden category in the housing association’s annual Garden Competition.

BeConnected Events Booking Form

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You can use this form to book on BeConnected events for the next month. Please note that these events book up quickly. If an event is over-subscribed, we will contact you. Not a BeConnected Member? Register here! If you experience any issues with this form, please email


SARH shows it C.A.R.E.S

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Community groups making a huge positive impact on the lives of people in areas served by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) have received a welcome boost from the housing association’s charitable foundation. Oak Tree Farm Rural Project, Stone Community Hub and Highfields and Western Down Community Group are the latest organisations to benefit from the SARH C.A.R.E.S Foundation and have each received grants of £300. A training and suppor


Indulgent treat boosts SARH charity efforts

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A traditional English treat served up by employees at Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has raised more than £425 for local worthy causes.

At the housing association’s headquarters in Parker Court, Stafford, community-spirited staff sold more than 100 cream teas to colleagues,

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2019 ‘Full of Life’ Customer Conference

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This year’s ‘Full of Life’ Customer Conference is fast approaching on 24th September. Organised to celebrate International Older Person’s Day, the event will feature singer Tony Wall as well as invited speakers

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SARH Garden Competition Awards 2019

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On two of the hottest days on record, the judges braved the sun and visited the gardens of talented SARH customers. The green-fingered customers were recognised for their talents at SARH head office last week, with CEO Karen Armitage presenting awards in categories including Best Lawn, Best Newcomer and Best Communal Gardener. The award of… Read more »


Customer Call Advisors Recruitment Open Day, 15th August 2.30pm – 6.30pm

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We are currently recruiting Customer Call Advisors on both a permanent and contract basis.
Various permanent shift patterns are available. Don’t forget to bring your CV!

We are currently recruiting Customer Call Advisors on both a permanent and contract basis.

Various permanent shift patterns are available.

Don’t forget to bring your CV!

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A SARH Independent Living Scheme gets a furry visitor

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This week Tithe Barn – a SARH independent living scheme – had a furry visitor. The scheme’s nominated charity for 2019 is Guide Dogs for the Blind – a condition that may affect residents in later life. Charity representative Jean Reed brought the beautiful puppy ‘Sonar’ along as she gave residents a talk about the… Read more »

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Housing scheme honours historic headmaster

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A new housing development by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has been named after a Victorian-era headmaster by youngsters at a school that also bears his name.

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SARH employees take time out to boost their health

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Employees at Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) have been taking the opportunity to check their health and discover new ways to improve their lifestyle during a special event at the housing association’s headquarters in Parker Court, Stafford. During the ‘Ready, Steady, Fit’ session they also competed in a hand-eye coordination challenge alongside a health ‘MOT’… Read more »

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