Wednesday, 22 June 2016

PRIMARK Comes to Stafford

Looking for employment in Stafford?
Want to work in a fast paced retail environment?

Primark are coming to Stafford and are looking to fill 150 jobs for the new store located on Riverside.  Primark is the biggest employer coming to Stafford and the recruitment for jobs is happening now.

Full Time, part time, weekday and weekend positions include:
  • retail assistant sales floor,
  • stock room assistant,
  • cash office assistant,
  • visual merchandising assistant,
  • supervisor sales floor,
  • supervisor people and culture (HR)

To apply visit:

If you are interested in any of the other job opportunities coming to the new development visit:

If you want free help with your application visit job club run by SARH and Support Staffordshire at your local library.
  • Monday 10-12 at Stafford Library, Staffordshire Place 1
  • Tuesday 2-4 Holmcroft Library, Holmcroft Rd
  • Thursday 10-12 Rising Brook Library, Merrey Rd
So What?
By improving the employability of our customers and the wider community through the work clubs we are helping them be the best they can be.

More for your money:
Improving employability locally supports the local economy of Stafford.  It also means people are supported, prepared and informed about new opportunities.

2016 SARH Garden Competition

Every year, dozens of our customers open up their gardens to judges as part of the SARH Garden Competition.


The competition has become one of the highlights of the summer with dozens of SARH Customers opening up their gardens to our team of judges. 2015 saw top-class entries across the categories, which include window boxes, communal gardens, allotments, and more traditional front and back gardens.


Applications are now being invited for this summer’s competition, which is open to all SARH Customers in Stafford and the surrounding areas.


The awards give SARH the chance to recognise and support the efforts customers are making to improve the areas where they live whilst throwing the spotlight on some hidden garden gems!


2016 Categories

• Best Front Garden
• Best Back Garden
• Shirley Wheat Award – Best Communal Garden
• Young Gardener of the Year – aged 18 or under
• Community Gardener of the Year
• Best Allotment/Vegetable Garden
• Best Wildlife/Eco Garden **New for 2016
• Best Shed **New for 2016
• Best Water Feature **New for 2016
• Most Creative Use of Space**New for 2016

Follow this link for more information around each category.

How to Enter

Online entry forms can be accessed via the SARH website. The deadline for entries is 1st July 2016. Judging takes place week commencing 18th July 2016 and the winners will be announced during a special Awards event on the 3rd August 2016.

Reaping the Rewards

The growing season is well upon us and the Growing Health plot holders are beginning to reap the rewards of their new allotments!
After all the hard work that was put into developing the allotments during 2015/16, over 20 families and community groups are now seeing the fruits of their labour! Produce from beetroot to lettuce and carrots to peas are being grown by people of all ages, from toddler to retirement age. Communities have also been created, whether it’s plot holders helping each other out or just sitting together relaxing and enjoying their surrounding environment. Lasting relationships have been formed as part of the project, as well and giving people to eat healthier and spend time outdoors!

Above are before and after photo of the new Priory Road Community Allotments in Stone!!

So What?
The Growing Health Project has given local residents the opportunity to spend time outdoors, increase levels of physical activity, develop their knowledge and learn new skills. The site has provided opportunities for people of all ages and increase community cohesion!
More for your Money:
Allotment sites provide local communities with a cheap, sustainable source of fruit and vegetables, therefore leading to healthier diets and improved quality of life.

Tool Bank

June and July are great months for the garden but the weather conditions also mean the grass and weeds are growing at speed too.  In order to keep on top of jobs try to regularly cut the lawn and weed so it doesn’t turn into a difficult task.  All the tools you need to tend to your garden can be hired from the Tool Bank located on Highfields.  Just remember to bring two forms of ID if you are not already a member.  All equipment is just £1 to hire.
Top ten jobs for the garden in June and July
  1. Be water-wise, especially in drought-affected areas
  2. Pinch out side shoots on tomatoes
  3. Harvest lettuce, radish, other salads and early potatoes
  4. Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside
  5. Mow lawns at least once a week
  6. Plant out summer bedding
  7. Stake tall or floppy plants
  8. Prune many spring-flowering shrubs
  9. Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch

So What? 
Garden equipment can be very expensive to purchase and may not be a priority to purchase when starting a tenancy.  Tool bank provides a service to customers to give access to affordable tool hire to maintain outside spaces

More for your money:
The service Tool bank provides helps to improve the overall appearance of our neighbourhoods.

Grow your Own

If you’ve always wanted to grow your own fruit and veg or wondered how to make your own compost, the Grow Your Own course is the one for you.  Learning handy tips and tricks you will soon be saving money by reducing your supermarket shopping budget.
This course if free to attend but spaces are limited so please call to secure your booking. 
28th June 2016 10am-12moon Meadow road allotment
Call 0800 1114554
So What?
Free courses help develop skills and hobbies to improve confidence, employability and build interests.

More for your money:
By teaching people how to grow their own fruit and vegetables, customers and the wider community can reap the rewards by saving money on the weekly food shop and maximise their household income.

Would you know how to do a basic repair around the home?


If the answer is no the Basic Repairs course is for you.  Come along and learn how to:
  • Bleed your radiator
  • Unblock the sink
  • Re pressure your boiler
  • Change a fuse in a plug
This short course is run by experienced SARH tradespeople.  Courses are free to attend, booking is essential as places are limited.
Course runs on the 23rd June 2016 2-3pm at the Roundhouse, Silkmore

To book your place call 0800 111 4554

So what?
Being able to do basic repairs around the home can save the need for calling in tradesmen.
More for your money:
Empowering people to perform simple repairs in the home can save the organisation time and money.

If you want to know more please contact the Community Involvement Team on 0800 111 4554 or email