Good Neighbour of the Year 2013

Sheila awarded for being a good neighbour

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A good neighbour in Stafford has received a special award for the support she gives to others in her local community. Sheila Blackman, of Impstones, in Gnosall, has won the Stafford and Rural Homes’ Good Neighbour Award for her efforts to help her neighbours. “I’m overwhelmed to win this award because I don’t consider what… Read more »

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SARH cyclists complete 60-mile charity cycle challenge

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A TRIO of cyclists from SARH have pedalled their way across Stafford Borough to complete an epic endurance challenge for charity. Chris Dixon, 43, Dave Wheat, 44, and Martin Sawyer, 23, cycled 60 miles on tour of 18 SARH Independent Living Schemes to raise over £900 for Greenhall Nursery and Key Learning Centre. The nursery,… Read more »

Apprentice of the Year 2013

SARH celebrates ‘Learning to Earning’ at its AGM

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A 21-year-old bricklayer from Stoke-on-Trent who has gained full-time employment with a Stafford Housing Association after a successful apprenticeship has received an award for his efforts. Jordan Abbotts was named ‘Apprentice of the Year’ by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), at the housing association’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 19.    “I’m proud to… Read more »


Shortlisted firms put their energy saving products to leading Midlands social housing experts

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ELEVEN Midlands firms whose energy saving products have been shortlisted in a green housing challenge have showcased their innovations to regional social housing experts in Wolverhampton. The companies, who were selected through the Built Environment Climate Change Innovations (BECCI) project’s ‘Hard to Heat’ challenge, had the opportunity to demonstrate their products or services to leading… Read more »

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SARH staff get on their bike to raise charity funds

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THREE keen cyclists from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) are preparing to use pedal power to complete an epic endurance challenge through the borough for charity on Friday, September 20. As many of the top cyclists cross the country in the Tour of Britain, Chris Dixon, 43, Dave Wheat, 44, and Martin Sawyer, 23, are… Read more »


SARH opens consultation on tenancy agreements

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Stafford and Rural Homes is seeking feedback on proposed changes to its agreements with customers. SARH has launched a consultation on the changes to its tenancy agreement, which outlines the rights and responsibilities of SARH tenants and SARH’s obligations as a landlord. “We are really keen to involve our customers in the tenancy agreement review… Read more »


SARH video aims to showcase young workers

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Work-ready young people are being promoted to employers through a special YouTube video. Stafford and Rural Homes has produced the video as an innovative way of helping young people on its Youth Programme into employment. In April Stafford and Rural Homes took on six people aged between 19 and 22 who were struggling to find… Read more »

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SARH offers top eBay tips

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A workshop offering Stafford residents top tips on buying and selling using eBay is being run by a Stafford housing association. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is inviting people to log on and find out how to set up an eBay account to buy and sell goods using the website, on Wednesday, September 18. The… Read more »

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Good neighbours will be honoured by SARH

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Good neighbours who dedicate themselves to helping others in their communities will be recognised for their hard work. Stafford and Rural Homes has received a record number of nominations for its Good Neighbour Award this year and the winner will be announced at its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 19. The award aims to… Read more »

Meadow Road Community Allotment

Event celebrates community allotment project’s first bumper harvest

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A SPECIAL celebration has been held to mark the first batch of tasty treats grown at a community allotment project in Stafford. The event brought local residents together to share the glorious gardening and vibrant veg nurtured in the first growing season at the Meadow Road Community Allotments, which were officially opened in April. Stafford… Read more »


Celebrate glorious gardening and vibrant veg at free event

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We are holding a celebration at our Meadow Road allotments on Saturday, September 7, to mark the end of the growing season and provide some great gardening fun! All are welcome at the free event, from 1pm to 4pm, at the Meadow Road Community Allotments, off Silkmore Lane, Stafford. There will be scarecrow making, a vegetable… Read more »


SARH youth programme participants face Dragons’ Den style challenge

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SIX young people on a Youth Contract programme at Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) have a faced a Dragons’ Den style challenge to put forward their ideas for a team building activity. The team worked together to develop and present ideas for suitable activities as their final project before they complete a six month training… Read more »

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SARH and Housing Plus join forces to say ‘Yes to Homes’

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TWO leading housing providers planning to build 214 new affordable homes in Staffordshire are backing a national campaign encouraging more affordable housing developments in the UK. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and Housing Plus are supporting the National Housing Federation’s ‘Yes to Homes’ week of awareness  (September 2-8) as they continue their plans to invest… Read more »

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Garden Competition donations raise £82 for Greenhall Nursery

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A bumper box of allotment vegetables grown by SARH Project Officer Tony Wearing has helped to raise a total of £82 for Greenhall Children’s Nursery. The box was auctioned at SARH’s annual garden competition awards and the highest bid of £30 came from SARH Community Involvement Officer Pam Smith. Guests at the awards were also… Read more »

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Stafford customers get a taste of the globe

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TASTY treats from around the world were dished up in a practical cooking session for families run by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). From children aged 10 to people in their 60’s customers from across Stafford borough made a range of dishes including pizza, paella and Thai green curry under the expert guidance of Jason… Read more »


Blooming success for garden competition winners

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A BUDDING young gardener from Penkside was amongst the green-fingered enthusiasts recognised in an annual garden awards held by a Staffordshire housing association. Bethany Draper, aged 12, from Meadow Road, won ‘Young Gardener of Year’ at Stafford and Rural Homes’ (SARH) garden awards. The category – new to the awards this year – was presented… Read more »

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Newly refurbished park launched with community games

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A day of fun and games has marked the launch of a recently refurbished play area and park in Penkside. Stafford and Rural Homes teamed up with Stafford Borough Council and Stewart Bishop, a Community Organiser, to run the third annual Meadow Road Games event. The games also saw the official launch of the new… Read more »

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Open day launches SARH annual report

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OVER 100 people came to an open day in Stafford’s Market Square to mark the official launch of Stafford and Rural Homes’ first interactive digital annual report on Tuesday (August 13). The event was an opportunity for SARH customers and the wider public to offer feedback to SARH’s Customer Board and staff about the annual… Read more »


Community games to launch newly refurbished park in Penkside

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OLYMPICS fever is still going strong in Stafford as a special day of community games will mark the official opening of a recently refurbished play area and park in Penkside. Stafford and Rural Homes has teamed up with Stafford Borough Council and Stewart Bishop, a Community Organiser, to run the annual Meadow Road Games event,… Read more »

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Customer Board to launch SARH’s annual report

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Members of the Customer Board and staff from Stafford and Rural Homes are hitting the streets to launch the organisation’s first interactive digital annual report. An open day will be held from SARH’s mobile office in Market Square, on Tuesday, August 13, from 9am to 4pm. The event is an opportunity for SARH customers and… Read more »

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SARH hits the road for Telecare roadshow

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A mobile tour is offering residents across Stafford borough and areas of South Staffordshire a free health check this summer. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) Telecare team is bringing a mobile Telecare and health tour to venues across the region offering advice about how Assistive Technology could help residents remain independent in their own home… Read more »


Customer Services Centre experiencing high volume of calls

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Please accept our apologies if you are trying to contact us. Our Customer Services Centre is experiencing an extremely high number of calls at present. We are endeavouring to answer your call as quickly as possible but if you know the number of the person you wish to speak to please call them direct. We… Read more »


Businesses pitch to dragons to help reduce fuel poverty

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MIDLANDS businesses are being invited to pitch their innovative energy saving products to two leading midlands housing associations in a Dragon’s Den-type pitch. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and South Staffordshire Housing Trust Association (SSHA), which own and manage a combined 11,000 homes in Staffordshire, are supporting a challenge for West Midlands businesses to help… Read more »

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SARH launches new look website

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A STAFFORD housing association has given its website a fresh new look to reflect all that’s happening in its neighbourhood areas. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has launched a dynamic new homepage for its website with all the latest news and information about the organisation and its communities. “The homepage has been designed to… Read more »


Community event aims to celebrate differences

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VARIETY is the spice of life…that’s the message in a special event being run Stafford and Rural Homes. SARH is holding a ‘celebrating differences’ day to embrace the diversity within Stafford Borough – from age and race to gender and religion – at Thirlmere Way Day Centre, in Thirlmere Way, off Merrivale Road, Stafford ,… Read more »

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Youngsters join SARH for first junior estate walkabout

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A team of four youngsters from Blythe Bridge were the first to take strides in a project to give their neighbourhood the once over and offer feedback on where they live. The children, from Springcroft Primary School, took part in Stafford and Rural Homes’ first junior estate walkabout to offer feedback on things they like… Read more »


SARH checklist helps customers prepare for Universal Credit

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes is offering advice to help working age customers prepare for the up and coming Universal Credit system for issuing welfare benefit. From October the government will begin to roll out its new system which means rent will no longer be paid directly to SARH and customers will have to make their… Read more »

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Summer fun in the sun at Shakespeare Road

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AN Independent Living Scheme in Stafford is opening its doors to the local community this weekend. Customers and Stafford and Rural Homes staff at Shakespeare Road, in Highfields, are holding a summer fete from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, July 13. There will be family friendly activities for all ages include face painting, tombola, hook… Read more »

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‘Seddy the teddy’ helps SARH win £100 for Greenhall Nursery

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A TEDDY bear’s visit to a Blythe Bridge school helped put a housing association in the frame for a £100 photography prize which it has donated to charity. ‘Seddy’ the teddy joined the children at Springcroft Primary School for bulb planting organised by Stafford and Rural Homes earlier this year. Seddy’s visit was part of… Read more »

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New development manager joins SARH

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STAFFORD and Rural Homes (SARH) has welcomed a new Development Manager to oversee an ambitious programme to build more affordable homes in Stafford Borough. Harpreet Rayet, 29, joins SARH having previously contracts manager for Aspire Housing for over two years. “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to head up Stafford and Rural Homes development programme… Read more »

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SARH staff have their cake and eat it for charity

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A sale of tasty homemade treats has helped Stafford and Rural Homes raise £224 for Greenhall Nursery and Key Learning Centre on Friday. SARH staff held a cake sale and donated money for a dress down day to raise the money for the nursery, which provides support for pre-school children with a range of learning… Read more »

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Former West Midlands police officer takes over SARH’s Neighbourhood Team

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A former policeman with 30 years’ experience of working with communities in the West Midlands is the new Neighbourhoods Manager at Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). Andy Crowson, 49, a married father-of-one, from Lichfield, will head up SARH’s neighbourhood services team which aims to improve the lives of customers across Stafford Borough. “This is an… Read more »


SARH offers top tips to help your CV shine

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JOBSEEKERS looking for advice on how to make a CV stand out from the crowd are being offered top tips from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH). SARH has organised a course on ‘How to make your CV stand out’ which will be run by Adult and Community Learning at Staffordshire County Council, at St Michael’s… Read more »

Read it here first!

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The new edition of the Community Involvement Team’s Blog is now out. It includes some great successes that including: Meadow Road Allotments Highfields Tool Bank and the outcome of the TPAS awards!  Take a look at the Blog here…  

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Housing association on the look out for ‘good neighbours’

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A STAFFORD housing association has begun its annual search for Stafford’s best neighbours. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is appealing for customers to get in touch with their nominations for this year’s ‘Good Neighbour Award’. The idea is to recognise people in the community that go above and beyond the call of duty to help… Read more »

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International visitors help to tidy gardens in Stafford

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LOCAL volunteers – and some special visitors from further afield – came together to help spruce up gardens in Stafford. Stafford and Rural Homes joined with the Crash team from Rising Brook Community Church to tackle two overgrown gardens in Highfields and Burton Manor. They were helped by several volunteers from Alabama in the USA… Read more »


SARH’s Independent Living Services makes the grade

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A STAFFORD housing association’s work to protect vulnerable customers from potential abuse has been awarded an A-grade against standards set for Safeguarding. The Stafford and Rural Homes ‘You First’ team has achieved a Quality Assessment Framework (QAF) grade A, the highest possible, following an inspection of its Independent Living services by Staffordshire County Council. QAF… Read more »


£23.5million investment boosts rural affordable housing

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Two leading housing providers, hoping to invest more than £23.5million in rural affordable homes in Staffordshire by 2016, are championing the need to provide more rural housing to help residents struggling to afford a home. Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and Housing Plus are supporting the National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Week (June 10-16), as… Read more »

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Board game helps to offer new SARH customers’ pre tenancy training

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A SPECIALLY designed board game is helping first-time Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) tenants’ get all the information they need to ease into their tenancy. SARH has developed the board game as part of its new pre-tenancy course to help new tenants take on the responsibilities of living in a SARH property. “We wanted to… Read more »

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