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SARH CEO named as Most People-Focused

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A prestigious magazine has named the Chief Executive of a Stafford-based housing association as the most people-focused CEO working in the not-for-profit sector. Karen Armitage from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) was recognised at the HR Excellence Awards 2015, organised by HR Magazine, the leading trade publication for human resources professionals. On scooping the honours… Read more »


Free safety event for local business

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A social landlord has joined forces with a wide range of organisations to help local businesses and their employees protect the health of workers. As part of Health and Safety Week (June 15-19), Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is hosting a free ‘drop in’ event at its headquarters in Parker Court, Staffordshire Technology Park tomorrow… Read more »

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Residents gather for community clean up

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Dozens of residents from across Stafford, Stone and Blythe Bridge braved the unseasonal weather during the half-term holiday to take part in a series of community clean up events at local allotments.

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Prestigious housing scheme filling up fast

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A housing association has received huge interest in its latest development that promises to deliver high quality homes at affordable rents near to Stafford town centre. Specifically designed to have wide appeal, William Horton Court is set to welcome its first customers in May and June, and Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) believes the £4.4… Read more »

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SARH appoints new Strategic Board Chair

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has appointed Alison Hadden as the new Chair of its Strategic Board. Alison has taken up the position at the Midlands-based housing association from Paradigm Housing where she departs from her role as Chief Executive. Alison replaces current chair Kevin Upton as he comes to the end of his tenure…. Read more »

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More gold for housing association

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has been recognised for its efforts to create a healthier working environment. The Stafford-based community landlord has been presented with a Staffordshire Workplace Health and Wellbeing Gold Award as part of a county-wide initiative to keep people fit and in work. Organised by Staffordshire County Council, the awards recognise best… Read more »


Sasha urges more youngsters to earn as they learn with an apprenticeship

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A 17-year-old girl from Stafford is urging more young people to consider earning as they learn with an apprenticeship – after proving you can build a successful career outside the classroom. Sasha Turnbull, who is studying a 12 month apprenticeship in Business Administration at housing association Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), says the chance to… Read more »


SARH celebrates International Women’s Day

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Stafford and Rural Homes is proud to be celebrating International Women’s Day in 2015. SARH will be celebrating the achievements and contributions of women throughout the business in the wake of its Top 10 Sunday Times Best Not-for-Profit Companies award. Observed since the early 1900s, International Women’s Day celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women… Read more »

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SARH jumps into top ten of the Best places to work

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A Stafford-based housing association has leapt 10 places to number 10 in a prestigious list of the best not-for-profit places to work. The top ten result for Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) in latest Sunday Times Top 100 Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work marks a remarkable achievement for the social landlord that made its debut… Read more »

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SARH in the running for awards hat-trick

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A Stafford-based housing association is on course for a hat-trick of prestigious awards from an organisation representing the customers of social landlords. Organised by the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS), the awards showcase successful partnerships between landlords, contractors and their customers. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has been shortlisted in three separate categories at the… Read more »

Discovering that Stafford and Rural Homes is an ‘extraordinary’ place to work, apprentices, Adam Richards, Jacob Nicholls and Sasha Turnbull.

SARH recognised as a ‘3 Star Extraordinary’ place to work

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A Stafford-based housing association has strengthened its reputation as one of the best not for profit employers in the country. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has stunned independent observers by securing a ‘Three Star Extraordinary’ accreditation in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For after submitting an entry for inclusion just once… Read more »

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Latest images reveal stunning new look for affordable homes

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Plans for a £7.3 million redevelopment project in the centre of Stafford are taking shape with the release of new images of the proposed scheme that’s been designed to meet local housing needs. Planning applications have already been submitted by architects Pozzoni on behalf of Stafford and Rural Homes that cover the demolition of 54… Read more »

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‘Have a go’ event to launch Community Learning Programme

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A fab fun day is in store for anyone who wants to learn a new skill or improve their chances of landing a new job, thanks to a Stafford-based housing association that’s celebrating the eighth birthday of its Community Learning Programme. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) will be marking the launch of its latest series… Read more »

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Charity receives boost from housing association

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Kind hearted staff and customers have helped a local housing association raise thousands of pounds for a charity that supports the families of children with cancer. The cash was raised during events organised by Stafford and Rural Homes over the past 12 months, including a series of summer fun days. At a recent seasonal staff… Read more »

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Tackling the rural housing crisis – new national guide highlights success of Stafford and Rural Homes

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has offered its support for a new guide promoting affordable rural homes. Launched by the Rural Housing Alliance and Rural Services Network, the guide is aimed at parish councils across England, promoting the benefit of affordable rural housing developments and the role that local community groups like the parish council… Read more »

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SARH services extend to the North Pole

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is helping to make dreams come true for children this Christmas – by forwarding their letters to Santa. Wish lists are departing daily for the North Pole from Stafford as the big day draws near, with the community-minded housing association happy to do its bit to ensure seasonal requests reach… Read more »

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Clothes collection for hospice

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Kind-hearted Stafford and Rural Homes customers living at Lichfield Court have been busy collecting clothes to help fund nursing care at a local hospice. Together they collected 15 bags of clothes, with each bag equating to three hours of nursing care at Katharine House. Lichfield Court in Stafford is one of 19 Independent Living schemes… Read more »


Keep warm and save money this winter

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A community landlord has teamed up with a Staffordshire-based charity to help its customers keep warm whilst saving money over the winter months. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is working with Stoke-based Beat the Cold to help promote the charity’s Warmer Homes Stafford Scheme, to ensure vulnerable customers stay safe and healthy this winter. Sandra… Read more »

Christmas crafts

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A housing association is helping residents in a Staffordshire village to brush up on their crafts skills in the run up to Christmas. As part of its Community Learning Programme, Stafford and Rural Homes will be staging a Christmas Crafts course at Haughton Village Hall, Newport Road, Haughton, on Thursday, December 11. All equipment will… Read more »

Solar Panel warning

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In response to reports that elderly residents in Stafford have been approached by people on their doorstep claiming to be installing solar panels on behalf of Stafford and Rural Homes, Mark Edwards, Head of Asset Management at the housing association said: “SARH has no current programme for installing solar panels. “SARH informs customers by letter… Read more »

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