SARH Community Day to support The Donna Louise Trust

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Stafford and Rural Homes Offices will close to the public on Tuesday 20 December 2011. Earlier this year SARH set a theme for the year of ‘Making a Difference’. Staff will be donating a full day of their working time to charitable activities. All funds raised on the 20 December will be donated in full to our… Read more »


Santa Claus is coming to town

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A WINTER wonderland is coming to Stafford as Santa pays youngsters a special visit on Friday, December 16. Stafford and Rural Homes Community Resource Centre, at Greyfriars, will be transformed into Santa’s grotto for a fun family event from 12pm to 4pm. Santa is coming to find out what young people would like for Christmas… Read more »

Notice of General Meeting

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Notice is hereby given that a General Meeting of Stafford and Rural Homes Limited will be held at The Rurals, 1 Parker Court, Staffordshire Technology Park, Beaconside, Stafford ST18 0WP on Wednesday 04 January 2012, commencing at 5.30pm . The business of the meeting will be to: resolve that the following be passed as a… Read more »

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SARH is a healthy place to work

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes (SARH) has received an award for its commitment to looking after the health and wellbeing of staff. SARH has been awarded a bronze Workplace Health Award by Staffordshire County Council for its efforts to assist employees to lead a healthier lifestyle. “We are committed to the health and wellbeing of all our… Read more »

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Hall Close men grow a ‘tache for cash

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FUNDRAISERS from Silkmore have enjoyed a hair-raising experience – growing moustaches for charity.  Ken Baker, Brian Wright and John Wakefield raised £200 for the Everyman prostate cancer charity after being sponsored to grow moustaches during ‘Movember’.  All three fundraisers live in Stafford and Rural Homes’ apartments at Hall Close and their efforts were supported by… Read more »

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SARH win top TSA award

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) won the top prize at the Telecare Services Association (TSA) Crystal Awards for providing Lifeline equipment to customer Paul McKenzie so his dog Millie could learn how to sound the alarm if he fell ill. The awards – presented at the TSA’s annual conference in London – recognised excellence in… Read more »

Open days highlight scheme improvements

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A PUBLIC celebration is being held to mark a £75,000 refurbishment at Impstones Independent Living Scheme in Gnosall. The public is invited to come and see improvements made to Stafford and Rural Homes scheme at Impstones, from 12pm to 2pm on Wednesday, December 7. A revamp of the community centre at Impstones included a new… Read more »

New job club opens up employment opportunities

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A PROJECT helping unemployed people in Stafford to find work has been extended. A new fortnightly Job Club has been set up by Stafford and Rural Homes and the unemployment support charity Stafford Works at Shire Hall library. The club has been set up with support from Stafford Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and Job… Read more »

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SARH seeks feedback on its website

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is asking for feedback on its recently developed award winning website.   SARH’s website recently won the Website/Intranet category of this year’s Institute of Internal Communications’ North Regional Awards – now SARH want to hear what its users think of the site. “To win a prestigious award for our website is fantastic but… Read more »


‘Urban Gallery’ aims to show public’s view of Stafford

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A NEW arts project in Stafford is helping transform a vacant shop into a colourful display of photographs, paintings and crafts. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is using the window of an empty shop it owns in Greyfrairs to create an arts display put together by public volunteers from Stafford. “Empty shops look dull and… Read more »


SARH hailed as climate change champions in green awards

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A £3.4 million project to make homes in the Highfields area of Stafford more energy efficient has been recognised with a special environmental award. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) was named ‘Climate Change Champion’ in Stafford Borough Council’s Green Awards for its work to reduce the carbon footprint of over 300 homes in the Highfields… Read more »

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Rachael conquers ‘Big Ben’

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DRIVING 60mph winds and hail weren’t enough to stop a Stafford woman who has had two kidney transplants from conquering Ben Nevis. Rachael Cook, 32, who works in the finance department for Stafford and Rural Homes, trekked 4,406 feet to the summit of the UK’s tallest mountain and raised more than £2,500 for Kidney Research… Read more »

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SARH helps residents find additional income

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A money management expert has helped identify more than £850,000 of additional income for people across Stafford in the past two years. Liz Pilley, a money management advisor for Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), works with customers giving advice on grants, housing benefits, utility tariffs and a range of benefits such as pension credits, working… Read more »

Jobcentre Plus offers Flexible Advisory Services for Penkside jobseekers

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SARH is a key partner on the Penkside Project. The Project aims to address inequalities in health and wellbeing of children and families and access to employment in the Rickerscote and Silkmore areas of Stafford. One of our partners on this project is Jobcentre Plus. They have provided the following briefing note aimed at people… Read more »

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SARH bosses go back to the floor with frontline staff

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MANAGERS and directors at a Stafford housing association joined their staff on the frontline to see how they are helping customers across the borough. Stafford and Rural Homes bosses spent time working with plumbers, gas engineers, care workers, call centre staff and other teams across the organisation as part of National Customer Services Week. “We… Read more »

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SARH’s website scoops regional award

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The recently redesigned website of Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has won a major regional award for great communication. SARH received the prestigious Class Winner award in the Website/Intranet category fighting off stiff competition at this year’s Institute of Internal Communications’ North Regional Awards ceremony at the Leeds Marriott Hotel. “This award is a credit… Read more »


Gas engineer wins regional award for customer service

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Alex McGregor, 48, from Stafford, who works in the Repairs First team for SARH, has received the Institute of Customer Service Customer Champion award for the West Midlands region. “I was very proud to be nominated for this award let alone to be a winner.  I am however not the only person at SARH assisting our customers to deal… Read more »

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Young apprentices’ chance to learn their trade

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A NEW apprenticeship scheme is giving five college students the chance to become fully-qualified in their trade. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is working in partnership with Stafford College to create employment and learning opportunities for trainee plumbers, electricians, bricklayers and other construction apprentices, aged between 17 and 19, through its Learning Academy. One of… Read more »

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Blooming success for garden winners in competition

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GREEN-fingered residents from across the Stafford Borough are celebrating after their gardens scooped the top prizes in Stafford and Rural Homes’ garden competition. Shelia Hagan-Clay, of Swinburne Close, in Highfields, claimed the award for best back garden and Herbert Murfin, of The Uplands, in Great Heywood, took the best front garden title. “To find out… Read more »

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Double award for hard-working duo

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When judges sat down to decide the winner of Stafford and Rural Homes’ annual SARH staff ambassador award, there were two outstanding contenders. The work that Pam Smith and Debbie Williams do in helping customers was so impressive that judges couldn’t decide between the two – so they awarded them both the honour. Pam and… Read more »

SARH to provide first class Lifeline services to customers of South Staffordshire Housing Association

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OVER 4,000 elderly and vulnerable customers across South Staffordshire will benefit from around the clock support from a dedicated call centre and monitoring service. Stafford and Rural Homes’ Customer Call and Telecare services is now working with South Staffordshire Housing Association to monitor its connections across Cannock and the south of the county. Karen Foster,… Read more »

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Good Neighbour Award 2011

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Green fingered Roy Cooper has helped keep his neighbourhood blooming with his love of gardening. Since moving to Longhope Drive in Walton when his wife died two years ago, Roy has helped his neighbours with their gardens and worked on a pergola to brighten up the Independent Living Scheme. Now Roy’s efforts have been recognised with… Read more »

New task group will help job hunters

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Residents in Penkside are being offered a helping hand to step onto the careers ladder. A new employment opportunities task group has been set up to help job hunters gain the skills needed to impress employers. The task group is setting up a jobs club that will provide courses on CV writing, interview skills, effective… Read more »

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Residents help to judge garden competition

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GREEN-FINGERED residents from Stafford have helped to unearth some of the prettiest gardens in the borough. Four Stafford and Rural Homes customers have given up their time to judge the gardens entered in the first SARH garden competition. Husband and wife John and Jean Richardson, who live at Tithe Barn Court, were two of the… Read more »

Changes to Digital Television Services

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The Digital switchover at The Wrekin Transmitter began during April this year. On 28 September the final stages of this switchover will take place.  If you receive your digital TV Service from The Wrekin Transmitter you  may need to re- tune your Freeview, Top-Up TV or BT Vision equipment on or after this date to continue receiving… Read more »

Jeremy Lefroy MP meets with SARH chief executive Karen Armitage and volunteers, staff and partner organisations working at the Community Resource Centre.

Stafford MP praises community resource centre

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A CENTRE helping Stafford people to find employment and training been praised by a local MP during a visit on Thursday, August 25. Jeremy Lefroy MP met with customer volunteers, work placement students and staff working at Stafford and Rural Homes’ Community Resource Centre at Greyfriars. “This Community Resource Centre is a vital part of Stafford… Read more »

AGM set for Thursday 15 September

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Stafford and Rural Homes will be holding its  Annual General Meeting on Thursday 15 September 2011. This years event is entitled ‘Making a Difference’ and will feature short presentations from customers, staff and partners about the how SARH makes a difference in its communities. Notice of AGM 2011


New homes in Stafford shortlisted for national award

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THIRTEEN new homes – built on a demolished working men’s club site – have been shortlisted for a major award celebrating the country’s best affordable housing. Stafford and Rural Homes’ development at Douglas Road West, in Coton Fields, is one of three shortlisted in the ‘Best Small Development’ category of the Affordable Home Ownership Awards…. Read more »

Learning academy will open doors for people in Stafford

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A LEARNING academy is opening doors to a wide range of employment opportunities and training for the people of Stafford. The project, run by Stafford and Rural Homes, offers work experience, apprenticeships, voluntary work, industrial placements and free learning. Jo Hough, Head of Human Resources at SARH, said: “Our learning academy is all about creating opportunities for local… Read more »

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Stafford residents gain national recognition

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A residents’ group in Stafford has received national recognition in a major awards ceremony celebrating outstanding efforts in the community. The Highfields Estate Residents and Tenants Association for a Good Environment (HERaTAGE) was one of three finalists shortlisted in the ‘Best Practice in the Community’ category of the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) awards. They… Read more »

Search is on for hidden talents

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TALENTED people from the local community are being sought to share their knowledge with others. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is preparing the fifth edition of its Customer Learning Programme of free courses and is searching for talented customers to deliver new sessions. “If you feel you have a particular talent, passion, or are knowledgeable… Read more »

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SARH invests in community work

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has added a new face to its Community Involvement Team – formerly the Customer Participation Team – as it looks to build on its already strong ties with the local communities. Christine Cartwright, 21, joins the team as a community involvement worker and her job will involve meeting customers, partners… Read more »


Stone youngsters get hooked on fishing

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YOUNGSTERS in Stone are getting hooked on fishing and helping older people keep their gardens tidy during the summer holidays. Free fishing sessions are being organised by PCSO Duncan Rollo and run by Mark Wilton, from Coarse Angling Skills Training Staffordshire (CASTS), with support from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). “Angling is a really fun… Read more »

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Happy 102nd birthday for Elsie

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IN 1909 British explorer Ernest Shackleton discovered the magnetic South Pole and the very first Woolworths store opened its doors. It was also the year that Elsie Heath from Blythe Bridge was born in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. And on Tuesday, July 26,  Elsie celebrated her 102nd birthday with her nephew Peter Edwards and his wife Pat, from… Read more »

Olympic hopeful supports community sports event

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ONE of Britain’s young Olympic hopefuls is helping to organise a community games event in Stafford. Sprinter Abbi Tyson, 22, is in the 100m trials for the London 2012 games and is teaming up with Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) to organise the Meadow Games, in Penkside, on August 4. The event will take place… Read more »

Official handover of £1million housing project for disabled people

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A £1million project to create new homes for people with severe physical and learning disability has been handed over to Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). The North Court development, on North Avenue, which includes eight specially adapted independent homes, was officially handed over to SARH by building contractor Thomas Vale on Monday, July 18, 2011…. Read more »

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SARH helps youngsters complete Prince’s Trust programme

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Young volunteers from Stafford have been given valuable employment experience from a local housing association. Stafford and Rural Homes organised two-week work placements for five Prince’s Trust volunteers as part of their 12-week programme of community work. One of the volunteers Steven Hardy spent two weeks supporting older customers living at SARH’s Oxleathers Court Independent… Read more »

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Denny enjoys tea with the Queen

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A SINGLE mum who has dedicated herself to helping others in the community has enjoyed enjoyed tea with the Queen at a special party at Buckingham Palace. Stafford and Rural Homes customer Denny Corbett was one of 5,000 lucky people to be invited to the Queen’s tea party because of her commitment to helping others… Read more »

SARH volunteer helps Stafford residents to find a job

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A weekly club has been set up to help unemployed people in Stafford to find work. Stafford and Rural Homes’ (SARH) has set up a ‘Job Club’ in partnership with Job Centre Plus at its Community Resource Centre at Greyfriars. The club is held every Monday providing the opportunity for those looking for work to receive… Read more »

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SARH successfully helps customers to plan their finances

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SARH is successfully helping more customers to manage their money and avoid financial difficulties.  SARH has one of the lowest rent arrears of any housing association in the country – accounting for just 1.17 per cent of their total rent for 2010/11.  Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of SARH, said: “Our main aim is to ensure… Read more »

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