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SARH celebrates its 4th anniversary

HOMES in Stafford have seen a £46million investment since they were transferred to SARH four years ago.

SARH revealed the figure this week as it celebrated its fourth anniversary since taking ownership of 5,600 homes in 2006.

“We set out in 2006 to provide quality and affordable homes in safe environments and the investment we have made proves our commitment to those values,” said Chief Executive Karen Armitage.

“Our work and investment will continue, but we have already made a significant start in our efforts to strengthen local communities and provide excellent services for all our customers.”

SARH is a registered charity that has aimed to build and strengthen communities in Stafford since it took over the homes from Stafford Borough Council.

The £46million has been spent on a range of improvements including hundreds of new kitchens, bathrooms and double glazed windows.

It has also been used to install more energy efficient boilers and loft insulation to help customers reduce their heating bills.

“Investment has been crucial to help improve the lives of our customers,” said Karen. “Our multi-million pound improvement programme is just part of a much wider investment in the Stafford area to make it a great place to live.”

Since 2006 SARH has also invested more than £25,000 in supporting community organisations including local football teams, schools, and the Staffordshire Credit Union.

SARH also launched its Community Resource Centre, in May 2008, providing a facility for customers to get involved in community work and opportunities for volunteers to develop new skills and try new activities.

The launch of ‘ Homes First ‘ the choice based lettings scheme in 2009 has played an important role in giving customers more choice about where they live.

The purchase of 135 extra properties has also helped to provide more choice in affordable housing in the Borough.

A special party for customers and staff was held to mark Stafford and Rural Homes’ fourth birthday on Friday, February 5.

The celebration was held at the Housing Advice Shop, at Greyfrairs, where tea and cakes were on offer, as well as a Nintendo Wii bowling competition and a quiz with questions relating to the number four.

“It is important that we celebrate our achievements with staff and customers and this event was a fantastic chance to share in our successes so far. We have come a long way in a short space of time and I hope we can now build on our achievements and continue to deliver the best possible service for our customers for many years to come,” said Karen Armitage.

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