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Homes Plus continues support for Staffordshire's Best Kept Village & Community c

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Homes Plus continues support for Staffordshire's Best Kept Village & Community competition

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A much-loved contest encouraging residents of Staffordshire villages to take pride in their local community has received another boost from the region's leading housing association.

Through its Community Fund, Homes Plus is set to continue its support for the county's Best Kept Village & Community competition, organised by the Community Foundation for Staffordshire & Shropshire.

Homes Plus Director of Housing, Samantha Allcott, explained: "The competition has a rich history, and we have supported it through sponsorship for a number of years.

"In 2024, we will again be making a donation to the organisers, helping them to deliver an initiative that helps to bring communities together while celebrating their unique qualities."

As well as highlighting how communities work together to make where they live desirable, and a place they are proud to call home, the competition emphasises how much voluntary work is undertaken to keep Staffordshire beautiful.

Villages are judged on maintenance, appearance and community spirit, and top honours are also up for grabs in supplementary competitions, including one for children's posters.

Judging started earlier this month, with auctioneer Richard Winterton - well-known for his appearances on TV antiques shows including Bargain Hunt and Dickinson'sReal Deal - visiting entrantsto present special complementary signage for display throughout the community.

Jo Cooper, partnerships and project manager for the Community Foundation, commented:"We are thrilled to extend a huge 'thank you' to Homes Plus for their fantastic support!

"With their sponsorship from the Housing Plus Community Fund, we're all set to keep the spirit of Staffordshire alive through our cherished Best Kept Village & Community competition for another year as we celebrate the legacy dating back to 1956 and the vibrant community spirit that makes our county shine!"

The Homes Plus My Community Fund supports grass-roots organisations in Staffordshire and Shropshire. Local charities and voluntary groups can apply for grants online

Further information about the Best Kept Village & Community competition can be foundhere.

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Homes Plus neighbourhoods team leader Emma Cooper withpartnerships and project manager for the Community Foundation, Jo Cooper.


Background for editors

Homes Plus is a social landlord which owns more than 19,000 homes in Staffordshire and Shropshire.

Registered as a Charitable Community Benefit Society, Homes Plus is a Housing Plus Group company. The Group is a leading provider of quality, affordable homes and care services that customers can trust. Member companiesalso include Care Plus, Property Plus and Severn Homes.

With a vision to be a resilient organisation, making a positive difference to homes, lives and communities, Housing Plus Group employs around 1,000 people in Staffordshire and Shropshire. The growing Group is addressing the housing crisis locally, by building new homes for rent, shared ownership and outright sale. It has committed to delivering affordable care and support for older people in their own homes and to creating new apprenticeship opportunities in the Group and its supply chain.

Housing Plus Group is inspired and guided by the values which are the foundations of its work: Communication, Learning, Accountable, Respectful, Inclusive, Trust and You.

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) requires that all registered providers confirm compliance with the Regulatory Framework, Governance and Financial Viability Standard. Housing Plus Group complies with this standard, holding the RSH highest rating for governance, G1 and V2 for viability. Please visit to find out more.

Further information 

Mara Hargreaves  
Head of marketing and communications
Mobile (p): 07967 967 466

Ruby Davies 
Marketing and communications officer 
m:07485 922 776 

Martin Farrow 
CHANGEWORKS Communications 
t:  + 44 (0) 1785 247588 
m: +44 (0)7771 970025