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SARH takes action against customers who do not pay rent

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A STAFFORD housing association is tackling those who do not pay their rent. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has evicted three customers – one from Greyfriars and two from Highfields, Stafford – who have refused to pay their outstanding rent. Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of SARH, said: “A home is absolutely essential to a person’s… Read more »

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SARH customers’ diamond joy

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A bicycle helped steer Bill Walker on to the path of true love and kept him on course for more than 60 years. Bill, used a pedal cycle in his courtship of Eileen during the early 1950s – travelling between his home in Haughton and hers in Gnosall. “He used to cycle over with a… Read more »

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SARH shortlisted four times in top regional social housing awards

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FOUR community projects led by a Stafford housing association have been shortlisted in major regional social housing awards. Stafford and Rural Homes submitted four entries into the annual Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) central region awards – and all have been chosen as finalists. “It is a fabulous achievement to be shortlisted four times considering… Read more »

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SARH First Responders save Stafford ambulance service over £18,000

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A pilot scheme providing emergency first aid assistance for over 7,000 customers in Stafford has saved the local ambulance service over £18,000. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has recruited four new ‘First Responders’ to its Telecare team to attend emergency calls received through the 24 hour Customer Call Centre, where first aid is more appropriate… Read more »

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SARH offers funding to help community projects in Stafford

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A Stafford housing association is offering a significant funding boost to community projects in its neighbourhood areas. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has a £100,000 pot of funding for grants to help local people make the improvements they want see in their neighbourhoods. The annual Community Initiative scheme, which is being launched for 2013/14 across… Read more »

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SARH work placements lead to full-time employment for John and Christine

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A Stafford housing association’s commitment to helping people into work has enabled two budding young professionals to gain full time employment. John Wilkes, 22, from Eccleshall, joins Stafford and Rural Homes as a driver and labourer, having initially worked with the organisation as a trainee tradesman through the Shaw Trust under the national Youth Contract… Read more »

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New rent app aims to help SARH customers

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A Stafford housing association has signed up to a new smart phone app allowing its customers to pay their rent with the touch of a button. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is increasing the number of ways its customers can pay their rent ahead of major changes to the welfare system. The app, called ‘allpay’,… Read more »

SARH wins new contract with Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils

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A Stafford housing association has won the contract to provide around the clock telephone support to over 80,000 residents across Babergh and Mid Suffolk. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) will provide an out of hours emergency telephone service for customers living in the districts covered by Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils. SARH will also… Read more »

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Top cat ‘Posh’ a popular resident at Marston Court

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A STRAY cat is proving to be a ‘puurfect’ member of the community at Marston Court 13 years after he was adopted by residents living there. The cat, called Posh, was taken in by customers at the Stafford and Rural Homes Independent Living Scheme as he regularly visited the garden on the hunt for food. “He… Read more »

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SARH hits the road to offer welfare benefits advice

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A series of community roadshows is taking to the streets of Stafford to offer residents advice on the up and coming changes to welfare benefits. The Money Advice and Community Involvement teams at Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) will be visiting locations across the borough over the next few weeks to answer questions and provide… Read more »

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Repairs advice due to snow

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Due to the current poor weather conditions some non emergency planned repairs to your property may need to be rescheduled. However if you need to report an emergency repair to your home our 24/7 Customer Services Centre is operating as normal but please be aware that calls may take longer to be answered due to… Read more »

SARH launches new programme of free learning

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A new programme of free learning courses, workshops and taster sessions for Stafford residents has been launched by Stafford and Rural Homes. SARH has unveiled its latest Community Learning Programme, which includes 55 free sessions being delivered across Stafford Borough throughout the year to help people into employment, improve health and wellbeing, encourage people to… Read more »

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SARH photos shortlisted in national award

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THREE photographs of community events taken by Stafford and Rural Homes reached the final of a national competition run by the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS). The photos, taken by the Community Involvement Team, were amongst the final 60 photos shortlisted in the ‘Tenant Involvement Moment of the Year’ competition. See if you can spot… Read more »

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Customers at Oxleathers enjoy table tennis

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RESIDENTS at Oxleathers Court now have a new way to keep healthy and active thanks to one couple’s enjoyment of table tennis. Earlier this year Elizabeth and Geoffrey Bennett, who live at the Stafford and Rural Homes independent living scheme, off Sundown Road, suggested a table would be a great addition to the communal complex…. Read more »

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SARH takes to the road to offer free winter health checks

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A TEAM of staff from Stafford and Rural Homes is touring Stafford this winter to offer customers free health checks. The ‘You First’ Telecare team is using a mobile office to tour SARH Independent Living schemes and surrounding areas offering blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) tests.  The team will then signpost people to… Read more »

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School children join Tithe Barn residents for festive fun

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PRIMARY school children have enjoyed an afternoon of festive fun with residents at Tithe Barn Court. A choir from John Wheeldon Primary School sang carols and spent time talking to residents at the Stafford and Rural Homes Independent Living Apartments on Friday, December 7. “It was great to see two generations coming together and having… Read more »

SARH customers Ernie Till, from Gough and Crispin Close, Terry Winstanley, from Lichfield Court, John Wakefield, from Hall Close with Paul Buckley, SARH Independent Living Coordinator for Oxleathers Court, with their moustaches grown for Movember.

Close shave for SARH charity fundraisers

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FUNDRAISERS from across Stafford have been growing a tache for cash throughout November to raise money for a men’s health charity. Paul Buckley, Independent Living Co-ordinator for Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and SARH customers Terry Winstanley, from Lichfield Court, in Stafford, John Wakefield, from Hall Close, in Silkmore, and Ernie Till, from Gough and… Read more »

“Aspiring for the Future”

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The top eco-friendly businesses and organisations in Stafford Borough were announced at the 16th annual ‘Green Awards.’ Schemes which demonstrate good environmental practice were showcased at the borough council run event. Among the winners were a village school, an eco-home and a business’ recycling scheme. The awards were set up to reward the efforts of local… Read more »

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Irene awarded for being a good neighbour

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Irene Rice, 85, of Crispin Close, has won the Stafford and Rural Homes’ Good Neighbour Award, for the help she provides to local residents and her kindness to everyone she meets. “It was a complete surprise to win this award.  I’m very fortunate to have the neighbours that I do,  to live in a community… Read more »

Good neighbours will be honoured by SARH

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RESIDENTS who have gone the extra mile to help their neighbours will be amongst those honoured by a Stafford housing association this month. SARH will announce the winner of its Good Neighbour award at its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 20. The award aims to recognise people in the community that go above and… Read more »

AGM set for Thursday 20 September

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Stafford and Rural Homes will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 20 September 2012. This years event is entitled ‘Going for Green’ and will feature short presentations from customers, staff and partners about how SARH helps customers and the environment. Notice of AGM 2012

Housing association on the lookout for ‘good neighbours’

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A local housing association has launched its search for Stafford’s best neighbours. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is appealing for customers to get in touch with their nominations for this year’s ‘Good Neighbour Award’. The idea is to recognise people in the community that go above and beyond the call of duty to help make… Read more »

Building Stafford’s Healthy Future

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Consultation Event 19th July 2012 Healthy Future Poster Background In 2010 the Government published ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People’ which put local communities at the heart of public health, it also put a new importance of prevention work, and stated Public Health England would support local innovation. In April 2012 Public Health England sent copies of… Read more »

NEW! Gardening Competition – How does your garden grow?

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SARH is now inviting entries to the 2012 Gardening Competition. The competition is free to enter and is open to all SARH customers Please see the full details and entry form on the In the Community section. This competition is now closed.

SARH and Stafford Borough Council team up to promote adult learning

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A week of events to promote adult learning week in the Stafford borough will begin on Monday, May 14. Adult Learners Week will kick off with a festival at Oddfellows Hall inStaffordon Monday May 14 at 9am. Exhibitors will consist of many partners inStaffordshowcasing learning opportunities. A range of free learning sessions being held across the… Read more »

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Community involvement earns SARH ‘Housing Heroes’ nomination

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A HOUSING association’s efforts to involve customers in its work have seen it shortlisted for a major national housing award. The Community Involvement Team at Stafford and Rural Homes is one of six finalists in the ‘Tenant Empowerment Team of the Year’ category in the Housing Heroes Awards 2012. “To be national finalists in this… Read more »

SARH offers £100,000 to improve local community

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes (SARH) has set aside £100,000 to help improve neighbourhoods in the borough. Residents are being offered the chance to bid for a share of the money that can be spent on making a positive difference within the area. “This scheme is a prime example of how we are helping to make… Read more »

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SARH aims to link up with partners through new mobile office

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A STAFFORD housing association is offering to link up with partner agencies to make use of a new mobile office making it easier for customers to get in touch. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) uses the office to attend community events and enable customers who cannot make it to the main office to speak to… Read more »

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SARH annual report shortlisted in regional awards

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SARH is one of six housing associations nominated in the ‘Excellence in Annual Reports’ category in the central region of the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) awards. “A team made up of customers, staff and a design consultancy make our annual report possible and its testament to their hard work and dedication that we have… Read more »

SARH makes apprenticeship roll of honour

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes has been honoured for its commitment to providing apprenticeships The housing association has been added to the National Apprenticeship Service ‘roll of honour’ which supports, co-ordinates and funds the delivery of apprenticeships throughout England. “We are delighted to have been recognised by the NAS as a business that is dedicated to… Read more »

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Video aims to encourage more trade apprentices

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A NEW video encouraging more young people in Stafford to take up trade apprenticeships will go online during National Apprenticeship Week. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) will launch a YouTube video showcasing a day in the life of 17-year-old apprentice plumber Kieron Peake, from Stafford. “We want to launch the video to show just how… Read more »

SARH offers support to job hunters

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A COURSE to help job hunters brush up their CV writing and interview skills is being held in Silkmore. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has organised a free session offering advice on how to make your CV stand out from the crowd and how to wow potential employers in an interview, at Silkmore Children’s Centre,… Read more »

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Arty resident’s paintings help to revamp Tithe Barn Court

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A 63 year-old man’s love of painting has helped provide the final touches to refurbishments at the apartments where he lives. Paintings by local artist Jim Valentine are now on display on the walls at Stafford and Rural Homes Tithe Barn Court Independent Living Apartments, on Tithe Barn Road. “When I was asked if my paintings… Read more »

Get Help to Cut your Fuel Bills

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Rising fuel bills are stretching household finances and people are looking for ways to save money on their energy bills – and Stafford & Stone Citizens Advice Bureau is here to help. Stafford & Stone Citizens Advice Bureau will give practical advice and help throughout Big Energy Week (16–21 January 2012) to help people cut their fuel… Read more »

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Mobile office helps SARH staff to visit customers

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A STAFFORD housing association is hitting the road to give help and advice to customers. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) have invested in a new mobile office which will attend community events across the year throughout Stafford Borough giving customers the chance to chat to SARH staff or pick up promotional material about services the… Read more »

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New voice given to SARH customers

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A RETIRED doctor’s surgery manager from Greyfriars is part of a new board giving Stafford and Rural Homes customer’s greater influence in how the organisation is run. Jane Cannell, 75, is one of eight SARH customer board members that will help shape the future of the housing association, which owns and manages more than 5,600… Read more »

Free advice for job hunters

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Job seekers in Stafford are being offered top tips to help them achieve work in 2012. Stafford and Rural Homes has teamed up with Staffordshire County Council to offer a free course on effective job hunting. “The start of a new year is a popular time for people looking to get back into work or… Read more »

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SARH secures £20million from Barclays

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STAFFORD is to see a £20million investment that will provide new homes, jobs and training opportunities. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is to receive the investment from Barclays Corporate  to help the not-for-profit organisation deliver significant improvements to its homes and build 129 new properties in the next four years. SARH also plans to use… Read more »

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