Wizard of Oz characters showcase SARH success
A touch of Hollywood magic has helped a Stafford-based housing association to reinforce the messages that ‘There’s No Place Like Home.
During its annual general meeting, Stafford and Rural Homes, screened a short film based on the Wizard of Oz to highlight its many successes over the past 12 months.
Showcasing the ongoing success of award-winning allotment schemes to projects aimed at tackling rural loneliness and isolation, the film starred members of staff dressed as leading characters from the classic movie. It also helped to re-enforce key messages highlighted by the AGM, that SARH is committed to growth, building new affordable homes and strengthening local communities.
The AGM also marked the ‘premier’ of another SARH production, a new charity that aims to support community groups in neighbourhoods served by the area’s leading provider of affordable homes.
The event at the housing association’s headquarters in Parker Court, Stafford, saw the SARH C.A.R.E.S. Foundation Charity make its first donation to an organisation that provides a host of activities for young people and vulnerable adults with learning and social difficulties.
Also based in Stafford, the WhyCh Youth Group is typical of the organisations and initiatives the Foundation aims to support through the fundraising efforts of SARH employees.
Karen Armitage, SARH Chief Executive, explained: “We know that delivering quality, affordable homes to rent is about much more than bricks and mortar.
“Strong, healthy communities are vital in creating better places to live, work and grow and the new C.A.R.E.S. Foundation will provide a welcome boost to organisations and individuals that share our values when it comes to helping some of the most vulnerable in the community – including those who are affected by homelessness, social isolation or severe hardship.”
As well as the launch of the Foundation, the AGM featured the presentation of the SARH Good Neighbour Awards to Tony Simcox, Coton Fields and Lawrence Burninham and an update on recognition for the organisation itself.
SARH Chair, Alison Hadden explained: “This year SARH achieved a notable double, being placed second overall in the Times Top 100 Not for Profit Companies to work for list whilst our Chief Executive, was recognised by Inside Housing magazine as Housing Heroes Mentor of the Year.”
Alison also told invited guests, including SARH customers and civic leaders, that the theme of the meeting – There’s No Place Like Home – captured the essence of the organisation.
“A decent home is the first essential for people to live fulfilling, secure and independent lives, whilst making the neighbourhoods served by SARH great places to Live, Work and Grow,” she added.