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Free family fun to help communities get ‘Fit for the Future’

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A family fun day for all the family is set to launch a summer programme of events in Stafford designed to help local residents make the most of the services provided by Stafford and Rural Homes and other community partners. The event in Prospect Road, Coton Fields on Friday, August 1, is open to everyone… Read more »

•	Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of Stafford and Rural Homes with the latest cohort of Construction Operatives, from left to right: Christopher Mason (25), Matthew Kerr (21) Christopher Renshaw (20), Darren Simkins (19) and Stephen Burdett (21).

Housing Association welcomes young recruits

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A local housing association has taken on five young people as part of a successful programme to help the long-term unemployed back into work. They are the latest to benefit from a commitment by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) to boost employment opportunities for people living in the areas where it provides housing services. The… Read more »

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Affordable homes for rural communities in Staffordshire

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A special event in Gnosall has highlighted the work being done to provide affordable homes for local people. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), in partnership with Stafford Borough Council, staged the drop-in event at its showcase Lowfield Lane development as part of the National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Week. The development, which consists of 30… Read more »

Housing association opens its doors to stakeholders

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A Staffordshire housing association has invited its key stakeholders to play a pivotal role in shaping its future. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) recently held a special event to enable customers, civic leaders, community groups and representatives from other private and public sector organisations to find out more about its plans. Karen Armitage, SARH Chief… Read more »

•	Lynne Gannon, Community Liaison Officer at Graham Balfour School (back row, left) and Karen Armitage, SARH Chief Executive, with completion winners (front row, left to right) Ella Daniel, Lucy Spencer and Josh Bayley.

HISTORIC NAME FOR FUTURE HOUSING

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Youngsters from a Stafford school have been digging into the town’s history to come up with a name for a £4.4 million housing scheme. The Foregate Street development will provide 45 one and two bedroom apartments to meet local housing needs and will be known as Horton Village thanks to Year 6 pupils at nearby… Read more »

Out and about…Mark Edwards (left) with electrician Gordon Watten.

HANDS-ON INDUCTION FOR NEW HEAD OF ASSET MANAGEMENT

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A local housing association has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Mark Edwards as Head of Asset Management. During his first weeks in the role at Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), Mark has been out and about assisting plumbers, electricians and other tradesmen on calls to properties across the heart of Staffordshire…. Read more »

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A week left to enter the SARH Garden Competition

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SARH’s 2014 Annual Garden Competition is still open to SARH customers to enter until Friday the 13th June 2014. Just fill in the entry form, enter any of the six categories and post it to us for a chance to win a first or runner up prize at the awards event on Thursday the 21st… Read more »

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Stafford and Rural Homes celebrates new £2.2 million housing development in Swynnerton

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A Stafford Housing Association has started building new affordable homes in Swynnerton which will completely transform the unused site of a former primary school and provide much needed affordable housing in the area. Senior representatives from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), Seddon Construction Ltd, Swynnerton Parish Council and Lord Stafford officially launched construction on the… Read more »

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SARH committed to developing young people – the leaders of the future

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A Stafford Housing Association is working with a number of young people in the area to help them develop their skills, gain crucial work experience and a recognised qualification and help them become leaders of the future. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has a number of initiatives to help, support and develop youngsters in Stafford… Read more »

Best of Both

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Talks on creating a new joint force for housing in Staffordshire The boards of Housing Plus and Stafford and Rural Homes are in talks about working together in a new group to benefit customers and the wider community by delivering ‘the best of both’.  The planned new group would be a much larger locally-based housing… Read more »

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Love your garden this summer to win blooming great prizes

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A Stafford Housing Association is urging customers with green fingers to take part in their gardening competition this summer for the chance to win some great prizes and an invitation to an awards ceremony. Now in its fourth year, the gardening competition is open to all Stafford and Rural Homes customers and with five categories… Read more »

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Residents invited to fun community event this Saturday!

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Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and local community and residents group, HERaTAGE are inviting people from the local community to a fun event this coming Saturday, 12th April to celebrate their 10th anniversary.The event has been organised by Highfields Estate Residents and Tenants Association for a Good Environment (HERaTAGE) and will take place on Saturday… Read more »

Councillor Jill Piggott, Mayor of Stone, Clive Jessup, Managing Director at Jessup Build Develop & Karen Armitage, Chief Executive, Stafford and Rural Homes at the launch event.

SARH handover keys to stunning new apartments in Stone

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Stafford and Rural Homes has now handed over the keys to excited customers who have now officially moved into their stunning new apartments on Priory Road in Stone. Click to see the video produced for the opening event www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsNLHBYWVOA The new £1.3 million development was officially opened recently by senior representatives from Stafford and Rural Homes, Jessup… Read more »

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Opening Doors – Spring 2014 Issue

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Welcome to the Spring 2014 edition of Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) Customer Magazine. Download: Opening Doors – Spring 2014

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We are celebrating a double win!

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After recently being recognised as one of the UK’s best employers, coming 20th in the Times Best 100 Not-for-Profit organisations, we are now celebrating yet another accolade, this time for involving customers in key decisions. We found out last week that we had won a regional TPAS award for Excellence in Co Regulation for our… Read more »

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Karen Armitage - Chief Executive, Stafford and Rural Homes, Councillor Patrick Farrington and Ursula Bennion, Housing Plus

New apartments in Stafford town centre is a major boost

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A £4.4 million development of stunning new apartments in Stafford Town Centre has been hailed as fantastic news for local residents, businesses and the economy as it will not only meet the growing housing demand but will also regenerate the area and help boost the local economy.   Stafford and Rural Homes has worked closely… Read more »

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Housing providers join royal calls for more rural housing

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Stafford and Rural Homes and Housing Group Plus are supporting calls from Princess Anne for more rural affordable housing, following a national housing conference. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and Housing Plus Group attended the Rural Housing National Conference held recently, where The Princess Royal, who is patron of the English Rural Housing Association, explained… Read more »

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SARH – a truly ‘BEST COMPANY’

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Stafford and Rural Homes is very proud to announce that it has been listed 20th out of 100 Best Companies in the Times Not-for-Profit Best Companies 2014. The Times says of SARH: A truly local housing association, Stafford and Rural Homes owns more than 5,600 properties within the borough of Stafford, and it is the… Read more »

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New homes to revamp unused town centre site

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WORK on a £4.4million affordable housing development in Stafford town centre is now underway. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and its development partner Housing Plus are creating 18 one bedroom and 27 two bedroom flats on Foregate Street. “The project will transform a site which had previously been unused for some time into more much… Read more »

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Childhood Cancer Parents Alliance is SARH’s new nominated charity

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A NATIONAL charity which supports families affected by childhood and adolescent cancer has been chosen as Stafford and Rural Homes nominated charity in 2014. Alisa Douce, PA to the SARH chief executive, chose Childhood Cancer Parents Alliance to be the beneficiary of the housing organisations fundraising efforts this year when she was named as the winner of SARH’s… Read more »

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There’s Still Time to Win a Prize

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We are delighted to announce the first five lucky winners of our recent prize draw but don’t despair as there is still time to win a £25 ‘Love2Shop’ voucher! Customers who signed and returned the variation to their tenancy agreement before Monday, January 13, were entered into the draw and the following winners were picked:-… Read more »

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New affordable homes to be built in Swynnerton by SARH

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A £2.2million project will transform the unused site of a former primary school in Swynnerton into new affordable homes. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has been granted planning permission to build 19 homes in Park View on a rural exception site which was the former location of Swynnerton RC Primary School. “We believe the new… Read more »

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SARH to expand community involvement team

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A TEAM which organises and supports positive community projects is being expanded by a Stafford housing association. Stafford and Rural Homes is looking to take on a new member in its Community Involvement Team on a year long placement. “We’ve decided to increase the size of our Community Involvement Team because we are committed to… Read more »

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SARH extends tenancy agreement prize draw

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SARH has extended the deadline in a prize draw for customers who sign and return the variation to their tenancy agreements. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) customers who return their signed variation document by Friday, January 31, will be entered in the draw for chance to win a £25 ‘Love2Shop’ voucher. Ten lucky customers will… Read more »

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SARH programme of free learning grows in 2014

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STAFFORD residents are set to benefit from a wider range of free learning courses, workshops and taster sessions run by Stafford and Rural Homes in 2014. SARH has launched its latest Community Learning Programme, which includes 75 sessions being delivered across Stafford Borough throughout the year.  As well as this there are a range of… Read more »

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£1million kitchen investment gives Stafford resident an early Christmas present

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A STAFFORD resident has received the perfect early Christmas present with a new kitchen as part of a £1million investment by Stafford and Rural Homes. Annie Mellor, 60, from Cambridge Street, in Coton Fields, is one of the latest customers to receive a new kitchen through SARH’s subsidiary trading company Housing Worx which has so… Read more »

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SARH gives an early Christmas present to Greenhall Nursery

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes has helped to spread some festive cheer with a donation of £4,188 to Greenhall Nursery. The nursery, which provides support for pre-school children with a range of learning and physical disabilities and their families in Stafford, is SARH’s nominated charity for 2013 and a cheque for the total amount raised over… Read more »

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Last chance to enter SARH’s variation of tenancy agreement prize draw

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A STAFFORD housing association is offering customers the chance to win a special Christmas present if they sign and return the variation to their tenancy agreements by Monday, January 6 2014. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) customers who return their signed variation document by the deadline will be entered in a prize draw for chance… Read more »

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Youngsters benefit from SARH learning academy

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SIX young people from Stafford and Stone are the latest to benefit from the training and employment opportunities provided by a Stafford housing association’s Learning Academy. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has taken on the youngsters – all aged between 19 and 24 – through the government’s Youth Contract programme working in partnership with the… Read more »

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Funding boost for Independent Living Scheme residents across Stafford

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Residents across independent living schemes in Stafford are being given the chance to bid for a share of cash funding. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has given the SARH Alliance, a group made up of representatives from its 19 Independent Living Schemes, £1,500 to distribute between them. Representatives from each Independent Living Schemes can apply… Read more »

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Green challenge opens the door for four Midlands firms

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Four businesses have successfully completed a challenge to unearth green firms in the Midlands meaning they will now develop relationships with two affordable housing providers. Creative Ceilings, from Wolverhampton, Greengineering from Kidderminster, Heat Genius, from Brierley Hill and iRed based in Birmingham and Oldbury are hoping to trial products or services in Stafford and Rural… Read more »

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SARH success at TSA Crystal Awards

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes is celebrating a double success at a major national awards ceremony recognising the UK’s best telecare service providers. Sarah Wyke, Head of Independent Living and Customer Services for SARH, won the ‘Professional of the Year’ category in the Telecare Services Association (TSA) Crystal Awards. Sarah has been pivotal in developing the… Read more »

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Residents move into their new affordable homes in Gnosall

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THE first families are settling into brand new affordable homes built for local people in Gnosall. The first phase of the £3.3 million affordable housing development, on Lowfield Lane, has been handed over to Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) by development partner Housing Plus and selected contractor Thomas Vale Construction. “The proudest moment in any… Read more »

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Customers set to benefit from over 900 smoke alarm testing devices

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OVER 900 households in Stafford will be able to test every smoke alarm in their home from one easy to use device being installed by Stafford and Rural Homes’ subsidiary trading business Housing Worx. The wireless devices not only enable all smoke alarms in a property to be tested from one place, they also enable… Read more »

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Affordable warmth project to provide 36 homes with mains gas

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NEW gas supplies will help 36 homes in Stafford Borough gain access to more affordable warmth. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has teamed up with National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions and utility contractors Fulcrum to extend the mains gas supply and central heating to 20 flats at Broadmeadow Croft, in Doxey. A further sixteen bungalows… Read more »

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Fun sessions help SARH customers get online

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CUSTOMERS living at two Stafford and Rural Homes Independent Living Schemes have logged on to take part in free sessions encouraging more people to get online. SARH invited customers at Jubilee Court and Marston Court, in Stafford, to try some fun ‘I’m online’ sessions on Thursday, October 17, as part of National Get Online week… Read more »

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SARH celebrates success in Green Awards

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A COMMUNITY allotment project led by Stafford and Rural Homes has triumphed in awards held to celebrate top green initiatives in Stafford Borough. The Meadow Road Community Allotments, which were officially opened in April, won the Best Public Sector Award at Stafford Borough Council’s annual Green Awards. The awards – now in their 17th year… Read more »

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