Gardening Competition – Open to All!

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If you would like to enter or need further information please contact us 0800 111 4554 or 01785 216789 Gardening Competition Application Form

Empty Home Given New Lease of Life - Keats Avenue

Empty Home Given New Lease of Life

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The three-bedroom terraced house on Keats Avenue in Highfields was obtained by Stafford Borough Council with a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) after the property had been left abandoned and the owner could not be found. SARH then purchased the property from the Borough Council in February and spent £50,000 improving it in order to provide an affordable… 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 »


Family open the door to new home in Rising Brook

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A former garage site in Rising Brook has been transformed into 10 modern and affordable homes by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH).  Amongst the first customers to live in one of the new homes on Hawksmoor Road is Maria Zaynoun, 31, who has lived in the local area all her life and dreamt of a new… Read more »


Rachael set to conquer Ben Nevis for charity

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A STAFFORD woman who has had two kidney transplants is appealing for support as she prepares to tackle Ben Nevis. Rachael Cook, 32, who works in the finance department for Stafford and Rural Homes, is taking on Britain’s tallest mountain to help raise money for Kidney Research UK.  “The work that Kidney Research UK does… Read more »


Official opening for new mural

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A NEW mural created by students from a Stafford High School to give a wall of local garages a new lease of life has been officially unveiled.  Students from Sir Graham Balfour School, on North Avenue, teamed up with Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and other members of their community to revamp an outdated piece of artwork on… Read more »


Youngsters help silver surfers ride internet wave

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YOUNGSTERS in Stafford have been helping the over 55s to learn computer skills as part of National Silver Surfers Week and Adult Learning Week. Children from Parkside Primary School visited Stafford and Rural Homes customers at Gough and Crispin Close Independent Living Scheme, in Tillington, for a ‘Silver Surfers’ Day on Friday, May 20. Customers… Read more »

Helping hand for new residents

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People moving into Stafford are being offered handy information to help them settle into the community. Stafford and Rural Homes – which owns and manages over 5,600 homes – has launched ‘Community Information Sheets’ for its new customers.  The information includes contact details for local doctors, post offices and schools.  The sheets also contain information… Read more »

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SARH awarded for excellence

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A Stafford housing association has received national recognition for its all-round excellent performance. Stafford and Rural Homes has been awarded with the prestigious Investors in Excellence Standard for demonstrating a high standard in all areas of its performance. Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of SARH, said: “The achievement of this award at our first attempt is… Read more »

SARH holds ‘Tea and Talk’ Language Sessions

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Residents who speak little or no English are getting help to improve their language skills. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) – in partnership with Stafford Children’s Centre – are running ‘Tea and Talk’ sessions for people who do not speak English as their first language. The sessions take place at Stafford Children’s Centre in Farraday… Read more »

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Hospice children receive Easter treat from SARH

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Children at a hospice have received an Easter delivery from SARH. Youngsters at the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust were visited by the Easter bunny who helped to deliver chocolate eggs donated by staff  SARH. “The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust is our nominated charity this year and we wanted to do something that would help to… Read more »

SARH goes for gold

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SARH has been honoured with a major award for its approach to health and safety. SARH has retained a Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for its commitment to looking after the welfare of its staff.  It is the third consecutive year SARH has achieved the award.  “Ensuring our staff… Read more »

Roy reveals the history of Market Square

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AN 85-year-old historian has delved into the past of Stafford’s Market Square in a special talk for Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) customers.  Roy Lewis, from Weston Downs, led the session which looked at how Market Square has changed since Tudor Times.  The talk was organised through SARH’s Customer Learning Programme and included a range of… Read more »

HERaTAGE - TPAS Award Winners 2011

Recognition for dedicated Stafford residents

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STAFFORD residents who go out of their way to make a difference in the community have been recognised for their efforts. The Highfields Estate Residents and Tenants Association for a Good Environment (HERaTAGE) have won the ‘Best Practice in the Community’ category in the central region of the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) awards. Stafford and… Read more »

Easter fun for SARH customers

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AN Easter party aimed at bringing the community together will be held by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH).  The party at SARH’s Community Resource Centre, in Greyfriars, will see the housing association’s staff hand out chocolate eggs and award a prize for the best Easter bonnet worn by a customer.  “I hope the party will… Read more »

Princes Trust Presentation March 2011

SARH rewards Prince’s Trust volunteers

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YOUNG volunteers have been rewarded for their community work in Stafford. Eight volunteers from the Prince’s Trust 248 Stafford were presented with certificates at a presentation held at Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) headquarters at the Rurals. SARH’S Director of Neighbourhoods, Debbie Emmitt, awarded the certificates to the 16 to 25-year-old volunteers who completed a… Read more »

Rita Harley TPAS 'Tenant of the Year' finalist

Dedicated volunteer Rita nominated in regional awards

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A GRANDMOTHER who began volunteering after suffering a brain aneurysm has been recognised in major regional awards for social housing tenants. Rita Harley, 60, a volunteer at Stafford and Rural Homes’ (SARH) Customer Resource Centre, has been nominated for ‘Tenant of the Year’ in the central region of the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) awards…. Read more »

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Silver surfers gain IT award

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) customers at Marston Court have taken part in a ‘Get Digital’ scheme, which has been teaching them basic IT including sending and receiving emails, searching the internet and writing letters. Among the silver surfers was retired rail worker Ken Holford, from Yarlet Croft, which is part of Marston Court Independent Living Scheme…. Read more »

Census 2011

27 March is Census Day

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Census day is 27 March 2011 and you will receive your questionnaire in the middle of March. You will need to complete your questionnaire on or around this date so that we can take a snapshot of the population as it stands on one day – to give a consistent picture for the whole country…. Read more »

Closure of Stone Advice Shop

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On the 4 March 2011 the Stone Advice Shop will be closing. SARH is looking to provide a more flexible service for its customers in Stone from March. Personal home visits will be offered where necessary and customers will be able to contact us by phone, email or text when the Stone office closes. The… Read more »

Stone Road Special Needs Development

£1million investment in homes for disabled people

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A £1million project in Stafford will create eight homes for people with severe physical disabilities. The new development on Stone Road will see specially adapted homes built for severely physically disabled people in the Stafford borough who require more suitable housing. The project is the first special needs development carried out by Stafford and Rural… Read more »

Walton Hall Community Special School

SARH’s birthday gift to Walton Hall

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REFURBISHMENT work on a school building within the grounds of Walton Hall has been given funding from a Stafford and Rural Homes. SARH  donated £555 to the project at Walton Hall Community Special School near Eccleshall as part of its fifth birthday celebrations.  Anna McLauchlan, Neighbourhoods Project Officer for SARH, said: “To mark SARH’s anniversary… Read more »

SARH invests £50million to improve customers’ homes

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Stafford and Rural Homes has invested tens of millions of pounds to hit a government target for improving its customers’ homes. SARH has spent more than £50million on improvements including new bathrooms, kitchens and windows in order to meet the Government’s target for Decent Homes.  Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of Stafford and Rural Homes, said:… Read more »

Staff survey shows positive results for SARH

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RESULTS of an independent survey show that over 90 per cent of staff enjoy working for Stafford and Rural Homes. The survey – carried out by employee engagement specialists People Insight Ltd – asked 180 staff a range of questions on what it is like to work for SARH. The results were extremely positive –… Read more »

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Charity begins at home

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Stafford and Rural Homes held a Christmas raffle and collection instead of buying Christmas cards and raised more than £300 for The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust, which provides respite and end-of-life care for children in Staffordshire and South Cheshire. The company also donated £200 following a recent staff survey. Chris Belyavin, Fundraiser at the… Read more »

SARH customers’ chance to learn new skills

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Customers of Stafford and Rural Homes will be able to swat up on their IT skills, learn about eBay and how to save energy in January. The housing association is launching its biggest ever programme of free customer learning courses in January with plans to offer different sessions all year. “We are committed to offering… Read more »

SARH asks customers to spread Christmas spirit to their neighbours

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Although the Christmas holiday is traditionally a time for family and friends, Stafford and Rural Homes is urging customers to think about those living close by who might not have anyone to think about them. Karen Armitage, SARH chief executive, said: “Families are becoming geographically separated so vulnerable people may not have anyone to care… Read more »

Stafford and Rural Homes 5th Birthday Celebrations

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Stafford and Rural Homes will be celebrating their 5th Birthday on the 6 February 2011. If your child was born on the 6 February 2006 and you would like them to be included in some of the events that we will be holding to celebrate on the 3 February 2011, please contact our freephone number… Read more »


Weather presenter backs winter warmth message

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WEATHER presenter Emma Jesson has backed Stafford and Rural Homes’ message aimed at keeping people warm and healthy over winter. The ITV Central Tonight presenter has praised SARH’s bid to help families and older people living in its homes to keep warm over the next few months. Emma said: “It’s going to be cold for… Read more »

Extra help for families with children

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From 2 November 2009, Child Benefit payments no longer reduce the amount of Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit that parents get. The changes mean that some families will get more help or may be able to get help towards their rent or council tax for the first time. If you already get Housing Benefit… Read more »


First customers move into new affordable homes

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A former demolished garage site in Burton Manor has been transformed into nine modern and affordable homes by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). The first customers to move into the recently completed homes at The Spinney, were welcomed in a special celebration, on Monday, November 29. SARH’s Chief Executive Karen Armitage was joined by Stafford… Read more »

Send your Christmas lists to Santa

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YOUNGSTERS will get the chance to send their letters to Father Christmas from a special post box. The delivery points will be at Stafford and Rural Homes’  Community Resource Centre Greyfriars Stafford and the Stone Shop at Crown Courtyard Stone from December 1. “Christmas is fast approaching and I’m sure youngsters  have been busy preparing their… Read more »


Housing association gains major Telecare accreditation

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A service that gives around the clock support to elderly and vulnerable customers in Stafford has been recognised by the UK’s Telecare authority. Stafford and Rural Homes’ has been accredited by the Telecare Services Authority (TSA) – the UK’s representative authority on Telecare services. The award was given after a TSA audit of SARH’s 24… Read more »

SARH gets set for TV Digital switchover

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes is upgrading its communal television aerials ahead of the digital switchover. The move will ensure 1,000 SARH customers are kept in the picture when the digital switchover takes place in the central region. “We appreciate how important a good television service is to customers who are served by our communal aerials,”… Read more »

SARH customers have greater influence in how the organisation is run

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes is providing customers with a greater say in how the organisation is run. From April 2011 SARH will be including more people in making decisions by changing the structure of its Board. Under the new governance procedures the existing Board, which has 15 members, will be split into two specialist groups:… Read more »

SARH launches new YouTube page

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is social networking to keep its customers up to date on what it is doing. SARH has set up its own YouTube page and is posting video footage of different initiatives it is involved with in the borough. “More and more people are using social networking sites to find out what’s… Read more »

Silver Surfers receive wave of support

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SILVER surfers are to get new computers and extra training to improve their online experiences. Stafford and Rural Homes successfully bid for up to £6,000 of government funding and will use the money to improve the IT facilities for the over 55s living at Marston Court and Shakespeare Road Independent Living Schemes. The schemes will… Read more »

New affordable housing in Stafford

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has teamed up with a local building society to offer help to first-time buyers in the borough. SARH has made two homes at its new housing development on Morton Road available to purchase through shared ownership. Stafford Railway Building Society is working with SARH to offer new customers competitive, shared… Read more »

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