£23.5million investment boosts rural affordable housing

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Two leading housing providers, hoping to invest more than £23.5million in rural affordable homes in Staffordshire by 2016, are championing the need to provide more rural housing to help residents struggling to afford a home. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and Housing Plus are supporting the National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Week (June 10-16), as… Read more »

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Board game helps to offer new SARH customers’ pre tenancy training

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A SPECIALLY designed board game is helping first-time Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) tenants’ get all the information they need to ease into their tenancy. SARH has developed the board game as part of its new pre-tenancy course to help new tenants take on the responsibilities of living in a SARH property. “We wanted to… Read more »

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Craft project helps Jubilee Court residents take a trip down memory lane

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AN ‘arty’ project led by customers living at a Stafford Independent Living Scheme is helping fellow residents take a walk down memory lane. Customers at Stafford and Rural Homes’ Jubilee Court have created a memory lane wall display of old photos and newspaper cuttings looking back at Stafford through the years. “Many of the residents… Read more »


SARH staff donate clothes and books to raise money for Greenhall Nursery

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A clear out of unwanted items from the wardrobes and bookshelves of staff and customers at Stafford and Rural Homes has helped raise over £200 for Greenhall Nursery and Key Learning Centre. Over the last week staff brought over 60 bags of unwanted clothes and books to SARH’s headquarters, at Staffordshire Technology Park, and similar… Read more »

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SARH project offers employment opportunity for Daniel

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A previously unemployed Stafford resident is now helping to regenerate his community after landing a job with support from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). Daniel Bradley, 28, from Sidney Avenue, is working on a £1.6million SARH project to make 44 homes in Penkside warmer and more attractive after SARH’s Independent Living Co-ordinator Cath Cross encouraged… Read more »

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Youngsters learn about the dangers of building sites

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DON’T treat building sites as playgrounds – that was the safety message in a recent talk to children at Silkmore Primary School from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and Bullock Construction. SARH and development contractor Bullock are currently carrying out a £1.5 million refurbishment project to 44 flats near the school on Sidney Avenue, in… Read more »


Boot camp sessions aim to get customers in shape for summer

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A run of free ‘boot camp’ sessions organised by Stafford and Rural Homes is aiming to help get Stafford residents get into shape for summer. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is teaming up with health and fitness specialists and community interest company Healthbox to run sessions across three consecutive Tuesdays at Rowley Park, in Highfields,… Read more »


Presentation marks the start of a week of adult learning

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A WEEK of activities to mark Adult Learners’ Week led by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) kicked off with a presentation to eight customers who have gained a nationally accredited retail and customer services qualification. The customers completed a 12-week National Open College Network (NOCN) Introduction to Retail qualification course, delivered by Lisa Montgomery, from… Read more »

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Artwork gives a glimpse of life at Jubilee Court

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VISITORS to a Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) independent living scheme in Stafford will now be greeted by new piece of artwork created by residents and a local artist. Naomi Jacques, 29,  from Great Haywood, who is studying contemporary art at Stafford College, through Staffordshire University, worked with residents at Jubilee Court, on Edison Road,… Read more »


SARH celebrates the one year anniversary of its first Eco-home

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Today (Tuesday May 14) marks a year since the first family moved into Stafford and Rural Homes’ very first Eco-home. To see all the background behind the project and to hear the views of the Eco-home’s first tenants the Frazer-Ellis family please view the video links below: Creation of the SARH Ecohouse Rebecca and Shaun… Read more »

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Adult Learners’ Week

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Adult Learner’ Week is taking place between 18 – 24 May and we plan on holding a range of events. Our full program is available in the events area of the website.


SARH invests in major refurbishment project

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Major home improvements are being rolled out to Stafford and Rural Homes customers in Stafford. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is investing in a huge programme of works for many of its properties across the borough. The improvements, which include the replacement of kitchens, bathrooms and doors, are being carried out by SARH’s subsidiary trading… Read more »

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SARH holds a week of events to promote adult learning

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A WEEK of activities from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) aims to prove it’s never too late to start learning. SARH is running a range of events as part of Adult Learners Week (20th-24th May) aimed at inspiring adults and promoting learning. “The week is all about giving adults the chance to have a go… Read more »


SARH launches annual Garden Competition

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Green-fingered enthusiasts are being encouraged to put their gardens on show in Stafford and Rural Homes’ annual Garden Competition. Whether you have a greenhouse full of grub, or pansies to be proud of, SARH is appealing to customers to get involved in this year’s event, now in its third year. “The garden competition is our… Read more »


Dot celebrates her 100th birthday

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A special celebration has taken place to mark the 100th birthday of a mother of six from Barlaston. Dorothy Watkiss, or Dot as she likes to be called, marked her special day with a party for friends and family at Stafford and Rural Homes’ Meadow Court Independent Living Scheme where she has lived for 18… Read more »


Opening Doors – Spring 2013 Issue

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The Spring edition of Opening Doors is out this week. Customer copies are in the post now. Look out for yours! Download: Opening Doors – Spring 2013


Customers encouraged to take a stroll with SARH

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes (SARH) is inviting its customers take a stroll with its staff and partner organisations to give their neighbourhood a ‘health check’. SARH customers are invited to join in its latest schedule of estate walkabouts to help identify any environmental issues of concern such as graffiti, fly-tipping hot spots, or external repairs such as… Read more »

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SARH holds a day of fundraising for Greenhall Nursery

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GENEROUS staff at Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) have held a day of fundraising to raise £234 for a centre providing support for pre-school children with a range of learning and physical disabilities and their families. Greenhall Nursery and Key Learning Centre runs a range of unfunded extra services for disabled children and families in… Read more »


SARH learning academy leads to four full-time jobs

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A Stafford housing association’s Learning Academy providing training and employment opportunities has helped 4 young people to find permanent employment. In 2012 Stafford and Rural Homes took on its first 10 trainees through the government’s Youth Contract programme on six month contracts working in partnership with the Shaw Trust. Now three of those trainees Dominic… Read more »


New affordable housing proposals for Swynnerton

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RESIDENTS in Swynnerton are invited to view proposals for an exciting £2million development to build 21 new affordable homes in the village. The new development will be situated in Park View on the former site of the Swynnerton RC Primary School and will be developed for local people and will reflect the local housing need. A… Read more »

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Community allotment is officially unveiled

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A community project encouraging people to grow their own fruit and vegetables was officially opened in Stafford this weekend. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and Stafford Borough Council held a special open day to unveil the new Community Allotment Project, on Meadow Road, in Silkmore, on Saturday, April 13. Meadow Road resident Maria Campbell, Mayor… Read more »


SARH gold award for health and safety for the fifth successive year

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes (SARH) has achieved a major award for its approach to health and safety for the fifth consecutive year. SARH retained the Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for its continued commitment to looking after the health, safety and welfare of its staff. “For SARH to… Read more »


Open day marks official opening of community allotment project

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A community project encouraging people to grow their own fruit and vegetables will be officially opened in Stafford this weekend. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is holding a special open day to unveil the new Community Allotment Project, on Meadow Road, in Silkmore, on Saturday, April 13 from 10am until noon. The Mayor of Stafford… Read more »


Children get on the ball with SARH and Stoke City FC

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Youngsters in Stafford took part in free football coaching sessions with Stoke City Football Club this Easter.   Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) teamed up with Stoke City Community Trust to offer three sessions for children aged between five and 12-years-old.   The sessions included games and activities to give children the chance to have… Read more »

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Backbeat for charity gig

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BY day he can be found tapping away at a keyboard but Stafford And Rural Homes worker Peter Sherriff is more likely to be found behind a drum kit in his own time. Peter, and his band The Mercy, are soon to play a charity gig to raise money for St Giles Hospice, near Lichfield,… Read more »


Steve is a star attraction

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He’s Stafford and Rural Homes answer to Professor Brian Cox! Astronomy enthusiast Steve Latham is reaching for the stars in the quest for all things stellar. SARH’s Customer Service Centre Team Leader is running ‘A Down to Earth Guide to Astronomy for Beginners’ session in Stafford, on April 26. The session is being run through… Read more »


Housing project will create new shared ownership opportunities in Gnosall

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WORK on a groundbreaking £3million project to create 30 new affordable rented and shared ownership properties in Gnosall has been launched by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). To mark the National Housing Federation’s National Shared Ownership week (March 18-22), SARH held a launch event for its new housing development on Lowfield Lane, which will include… Read more »

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SARH to run free children’s football sessions with Stoke City FC

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A community project is offering youngsters in Stafford free football coaching during the Easter holidays from Stoke City Football Club. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has teamed up Stoke City Community Trust to run three sessions for children aged between five and 12-years-old. “Promoting healthy activity for children is something SARH is passionate about and… Read more »

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Out of work young people gain employment opportunities with SARH

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A STAFFORD housing association is offering unemployed young people a chance to gain much needed work experience and training to help them onto the employment ladder. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is taking on seven unemployed people aged between 19 and 22 in partnership with the Shaw Trust through the government’s Youth Contract programme. Karen… Read more »

Mortgage Rescue Scheme helps people to stay in their home

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has helped 29 families struggling to pay their bills to remain in their homes through a mortgage rescue scheme run in partnership with Stafford Borough Council and Citizens Advice. The scheme gives customers who are in debt and at risk of losing their home the option of selling their property… Read more »

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Food safety course proves a recipe for success

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A FREE course from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has helped 16 Stafford residents to gain a recognised three-year qualification in food safety. The Level 2 Award in Food Safety course, run at Silkmore Children’s Centre, was organised through SARH’s Community Learning Programme. One of customers to gain the qualification was Jean Tabernor, a former… Read more »

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SARH get funny for money for Comic Relief

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) residents are getting funny for money with a fundraising event for Comic Relief. Independent Living Schemes from Oxleathers Court and Shakespeare Road, in Stafford and Impstones, in Gnosall, are coming together for a day of laughs on Red Nose Day this Friday (15 March). Oxleathers Independent Living Co-ordinator Paul Buckley… Read more »


New roofs fitted to 400 homes in Penkside

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A MAJOR £2million regeneration project in Penkside will see more than 400 homes re-roofed. The project is being carried out by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) through its contractor DLP Services and aims to enhance the appearance of the area as well as upgrading the properties’ resistance to wind and rain. “This project forms part of a wider… Read more »


Colwich couple celebrate Diamond wedding anniversary

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IN 1953 the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place and the Royal Yacht Britannia took to the seas for the first time…it was also the year that Colwich couple Norman and Brenda Shrehorn were married. The couple first met in Stafford where Brenda worked at the Lotus shoe factory and Norman worked at Dorman… Read more »

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Bulb planting is a blooming success for SARH

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GREEN fingered volunteers from Springcroft Primary School have helped a local housing association to add colour to local communities by planting daffodil and gladioli bulbs. Stafford and Rural Homes’ Community Involvement Team visited the school in Blythe Bridge and youngsters helped to plant some new bulbs, on Wednesday, March 6. The project is part of… Read more »

Read all about it!

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Find out what Stafford and Rural Homes’ Community Involvement Team has been up to and what’s planned for 2013 in its’ new blog  

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Donation marks year of fundraising

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Generous staff at a Stafford housing association are celebrating a year of fundraising for local charity, Katharine House Hospice. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) staff raised £765.25p for the charity, which provides free hospice care and support for people with life threatening illnessess and their families Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of Stafford and Rural Homes… Read more »

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Planning permission granted for new affordable homes in Stone

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A STAFFORD housing association has been given the green light for a £1.3million project to build 14 new affordable homes in Stone. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has been granted planning permission for two one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom apartments on Elm Road. Working in partnership with developers Jessups and Housing Plus who manage the build… Read more »

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New Panels Reflect Eco Pledge

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is plugging into a brighter future by installing solar panels at its Beaconside head offices. The 230 high-specification photovoltaic (PV) panels are being fitted to the roof of The Rurals, in Parker Court, this week and will generate over 47,000 kwh of electricity a year – reducing the housing association’s… Read more »

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