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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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More spooky goings on in Stafford

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Stafford and Rural Homes customers got into the spirit of Halloween at a special fancy dress party at its community resource centre on Greyfriars.

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New mural gives garage site a new lease of life

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STUDENTS from a Stafford High School have been getting creative to give run down artwork on the wall of local garages a new lease of life. Students from Sir Graham Balfour School, on North Avenue, have teamed up with Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) to revamp an outdated mural on the back of garages at… Read more »

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Better Gas Safe than sorry

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SARH  is backing a national campaign to raise awareness of gas safety in the home. Badly-fitted and poorly-serviced gas appliances can be deadly and as the winter months draw closer Stafford and Rural Homes is supporting the Gas Safe Registers ‘Better Gas Safe than sorry’ campaign. Edward Malkin , Head of Property Maintenance from SARH,… Read more »

Spooky goings on in Stafford

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Fun activities at the Community Resource Centre in Greyfrairs will include pin the fangs on Dracula, apple bobbing, a ‘Dare you Dip’ bran tub and face painting. “We want the event to be a fun celebration of Halloween that customers of all ages can enjoy,” said Pam Smith, SARH Customer Participation Officer. “There will be… Read more »

SARH wins legal case against noisy resident

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A woman has been threatened with jail if she disturbs her neighbours again. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) applied for a Committal Order against Leanne Smalling, 21, of Poplar Way, at Stafford County Court, on Thursday, October 7. The legal action followed several complaints from neighbours that Mrs Smalling had been playing extremely loud music… Read more »

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Elderly talk to ‘Big Brother’

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A BIG Brother-style diary room has visited two independent living schemes in Stafford to ask older people what they think about where they live. The diary room was set up by Stafford and Rural Homes to give customers living at Jubilee Court and Lichfield Court the opportunity to talk about what they like about where… Read more »

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Owner’s dog is taught new tricks

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A DOG is being taught a new trick so that she can raise the alarm if her disabled owner needs help. With the help of Stafford and Rural Homes, Millie, a two-year-old Labrador, has learned how to press the button to raise the alarm if Paul McKenzie falls ill. Paul, of Castle View in Derrington,… Read more »

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Opening Doors – Autumn 2010 Issue

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Stafford and Rural Homes has a regular customer newsletter , “Opening Doors to Better Homes”, which aims to keep you up to date on key issues. Download your copy of the latest edition now following the link below. Download: Opening Doors Autumn 2010 The Christmas edition will be published in December 2010

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SARH’s friendly face is not your average Joe

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FOR Stafford and Rural Homes customers seeking help and advice about their home, Joe Sproston is often the first point of call. The 29-year-old, from Rising Brook, is a customer services advisor for SARH and helps answer any housing queries customers might have – either on the phone or face-to-face. Joe has worked for the… Read more »

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Good neighbours win special award

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DELIGHTED neighbours have thanked a Silkmore couple for their efforts in the community by nominating them for an award. John and Jean Wakefield won the Stafford and Rural Homes Good Neighbour award 2010 for doing a series of good turns over the past four years. The couple, who live at Hall Close Independent Living Apartments,… Read more »

Events to encourage older people to stay active

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PEOPLE aged over 55 in Stafford are being urged to get fitter and healthier. Stafford and Rural Homes is promoting health and well-being in the borough and raising awareness of advice on offer to older people at a series of open days at five of its Independent Living schemes. The events – which will include… Read more »

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Independent Living Schemes – Improvements Planned

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During September and October Karen Armitage, Chief Exective and Ian Yeomans, Director of Asset Managment at SARH will be visiting 13 of our Independent Living Schemes to inform our customers of the dates improvement work will commence.  Please see schedule below Thursday, 16 September – 10.00 am To 1.00 pm Meadow Court Monday, 20 September… Read more »

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Offenders get to work on rusty railings

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A TEAM of offenders sentenced to Community Payback have been giving a new lease of life to a part of Stafford. Eight people in the Stafford Community Payback scheme, run by Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust, have been busy sanding down and repainting rusty railings that surround a housing estate in Rickerscote. Stafford and… Read more »

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Neighbours come together to sign Neighbourhood agreement

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NEIGHBOURS in Barlaston have signed up to build stronger community relations in their area. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), Staffordshire Police, Greenfingers and Stafford Borough Council are working customers on the Wedgwood Estate to improve their neighbourhood through a neighbourhood agreement. “The agreement aims to help bring the community in Barlaston closer together and make… Read more »

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Help at hand for would-be litter pickers

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Stafford residents are being encouraged to keep their neighbourhood tidy. Stafford and Rural Homes and Stafford Borough Council’s Streetscene team are loaning litter pickers and providing bags to help customers keep the streets free from rubbish. Neil Robison, a 43-year old SARH customer from Western Downs, who is backing the project, said: “It is important… Read more »

Respect Action Day in Barlaston

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A COMMUNITY event in Barlaston is aiming to get local people to make a positive impact on their neighbourhoods. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and its partners are running a Respect Action Day, at Wedgwood Drive, on Thursday, August 5. Funded by Stone Community and Learning Partnership, the event will give customers the chance to… Read more »

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National Housing Federation chief opens new Extra care scheme in Stafford

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THE chief executive of the national housing federation (NHF) David Orr has met customers living at SARH Extra care scheme in Stafford. Mr Orr was invited to the official reopening of Jubilee Court, on Edison Road, which is run by Stafford and Rural Homes and has recently undergone a £2.4 million redevelopment. The NHF represents… Read more »

Jubilee Court – Official Opening

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Jubilee Court, SARH first Extra Care Scheme was officially opened on the 1 July. Customers welcomed Mr David Orr of the National Housing Federation to officially open Jubilee Court. They invited Mr Orr on a guided tour of their scheme and customers were more than happy to share their experiences, creating a ‘story board’ telling… Read more »

SARH achieves its second major health and safety accreditation of the year

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Stafford and Rural Homes has gained accreditation from the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) – a well recognised independent body that assesses health and safety practice in the construction and building maintenance sector. Dave Wilkins, head of asset planning and development for SARH, said: “The accreditation further demonstrates that our Repairs First service… Read more »

Celebration of Polish culture in Stafford

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A CELEBRATION of Stafford’s Polish community is being organised by SARH. Stafford and Rural Homes – working in partnership with the Polish White Eagle Club – is staging the celebration at its Community Resource Centre, in Greyfriars, on Friday, May 28. The event will include an opportunity for members of the Polish community to make… Read more »

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SARH at the forefront of fight against hate crimes

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Stafford and Rural Homes has been elected to the executive committee of Chase Against Crimes of Hate (CACH) – a multi-agency partnership looking to put an end to all crimes of discrimination and prejudice in the county. Kathryn Bradbury, Neighbourhood Services Manager, said: “SARH is keen to work alongside its partners to help make Stafford… Read more »

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Energy event proves big hit at Highfields

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Residents have received expert advice on saving money by cutting their energy bills and reducing their impact on the environment. A British Gas run ‘Big Community Day’ , in partnership with SARH, took place at Highfields Social Club on Tuesday, May 4. The event offered practical advice on energy saving products and services and energy… Read more »

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St George’s Road celebrates St George’s Day

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WHEN St George’s Day comes along residents in one Stafford street have more reason than many to celebrate. For St George’s Road is named after England’s patron saint so Stafford and Rural Homes’ customers make sure they mark the occasion. Several customers at the sheltered scheme decorated the street with bunting and organised a tea… Read more »

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Silkmore sees children’s artwork come to life

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Children have designed a work of art that will brighten up part of Silkmore. The art project – led by Stafford and Rural Homes – has transformed the raised flower bed planters on Exeter Street thanks to the designs of Silkmore Primary School pupils Chloe Jones and Nathan Till. They won a competition, which was… Read more »

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£10,000 donation helps to fund new vehicle for student fire-fighters

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STUDENT firefighters have received a £10,000 donation from Stafford and Rural Homes to help fund a new training vehicle. The van will come complete with fire-fighting equipment such as a hose and will be used to help train young people studying a BTEC Level 2, Fire and Rescue Service in the Community Award. Staffordshire’s Chief… Read more »

SARH goes for gold

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has retained a Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for its commitment to looking after the safety and welfare of its staff and customers. It is the second consecutive year that SARH has achieved the award. Clive Gill, health and safety officer for SARH… Read more »

A focus on values brings the community in Burton Manor together

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OVER 100 customers from Burton Manor basked in the sunshine at a special event to help make their neighbourhood a better place to live. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and its partners ran a Respect Action Day in Merry Road on Thursday, April 8, to focus on the community and give customers the chance to… Read more »

Easter Treasure Hunt!

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On Friday 9 April 2010 SARH will be holding an Easter Treasure Hunt in Stone.  Our younger customers are invited to take part in this seasonal fun which is being supported by local shops and businesses.  The fun starts at 10.00am at the Stone Shop, 3 Crown Courtyard, Crown Street, Stone.  Stafford Town Crier will be on… Read more »

‘Have Your Say’ Day

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Do you have any views on how SARH is performing? Or would you like to tell us what you think we should be doing to make your homes and neighbourhoods better places to live? If so, come along to our ‘Have Your Say Day’ at the Gatehouse Theatre, Eastgate Street, Stafford on 19 April between… Read more »

SARH receives over £20,000 in government funding

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SARH has successfully bid for money from the Housing Challenge Fund, which was set up in November 2009, to support new family intervention projects in the UK. The £11million pot of money, which has been part funded by housing associations and local authorities, has been allocated to 88 projects across the country. Housing Minister John… Read more »

SARH successfully wins anti social behaviour injunction order

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A STAFFORD resident’s continued acts of noise nuisance and antisocial behavi our have resulted in legal action from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). SARH successfully applied for an Anti Social Behav iour Injunction Order (ASBI) against Christopher Scattergood, of Greyfriars, at Stafford County Court on Thursday, March 18. The legal action followed several complaints from… Read more »

£100,000 funding up for Grabs

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Customers of Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) with an idea for improving their community are being invited to a bid for a share of a £100,000 funding pot. In previous years the Customer Initiative Scheme has paid out cash grants for a range of ideas including new fencing, increased security, new lighting or improved landscaping… Read more »

Housing schemes undergo major improvement work

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A multi-million pound improvement programme to raise the standard of accommodation for elderly people in Stafford and Stone is currently underway. Seven sheltered schemes have already been refurbished and improved under the programme, which began in 2007 as part of a major investment by Stafford and Rural Homes. The investment programme aims to raise the… Read more »

SARH amongst Housing Heroes

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Stafford and Rural Homes is one of a group of housing associations that have been honoured for saving their customers thousands of pounds by working in partnership. Stafford and Rural Homes has worked as a key partner in the Generate Group to share experiences and to procure effective delivery for new projects and improved services… Read more »

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SARH customer short-listed in national awards

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A SINGLE mum who has dedicated herself to helping others in the community has made the regional shortlist for a national award. Stafford and Rural Homes entered one of their customers, Denny Corbett, into the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) Tenant of the Year award due to her commitment to helping others in Rising Brook…. Read more »

New extra care scheme

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There comes a time in life when a bit more security and help are needed. But you don’t want to sacrifice your independence in order to get a little extra care. Jubilee Court has 1 and 2 bedroom apartments available for rent with optional tailored care exclusively for the over 55s. Jubilee Court offers a… Read more »

New extra care scheme

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There comes a time in life when a bit more security and help are needed. But you don’t want to sacrifice your independence in order to get a little extra care. Jubilee Court has 1 and 2 bedroom apartments available for rent with optional tailored care exclusively for the over 55s. Jubilee Court offers a… Read more »

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