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Working at the heart of homelessness

At Caritas Anchor House, we support up to 220 people each year with a stable and safe environment to help them develop aspirations, confidence and self-esteem to enable them to move towards leading independent, self-fulfilling lives.

Based in Canning Town, the most deprived ward in the second most deprived borough in the country, we provide a wide range of accredited vocational training courses for both our residents and the local unemployed.

Residents are not only given a roof over their heads, but the opportunity to realise and accept for themselves that they have the skills and talents necessary to be happy and successful in life.

Through the holistic and nationally award winning ‘Aspirations Programme’, Lifestyle Architects work with them to address the root causes of their homelessness through training, job guidance, volunteering, health and well-being and personal rehabilitation. The aim is to provide tangible, sustainable solutions to the challenge of homelessness.

Residents sign a contract out of homelessness, agreeing to a personal development plan focused on their individual needs.


Formerly a seaman’s mission, Anchor House was established in 1962 by the Catholic London Inter-Diocesan Council of the Apostleship of the Sea (Charity No. 253669).

Its original purpose was to provide temporary accommodation to out-of-work seafarers coming into and out of the nearby ports.

With the closure of the London Docks in 1969, whilst it continued to act as a refuge for seamen, it gradually fell into disrepair, as did Canning Town. Anchor House then transformed itself into a residential life skills centre for the homeless, and changed its name to Caritas Anchor House in 2014.

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25,000 reasons to cast your vote

Friday, May 1st, 2015

We’re excited to let you know that we have been chosen by the Aviva Community Fund to be in with a chance of winning £25,000 of funding for our Home and Hope Appeal. We’re asking all supporters of Caritas Anchor House to pledge their support, simply by registering your votes at https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/Project/View/2176. The website is […]

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Homeless FA offering hope

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Neil was sleeping on the streets, and is now living in homeless organisation Caritas Anchor House. “I was going through a bad patch in my life, and felt like there was no one to support me.” Then he was offered an opportunity to play football for his country, and his outlook was changed. The Homeless […]

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Suiting up for a work placement at Freshfields law firm

Friday, May 1st, 2015

In April, Caritas Anchor House resident Thomas Thomas suited up for a successful four week work placement Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a multinational law firm and a member of the Magic Circle of elite British law firms. Having found out about Ready for Work, Business in the Community‘s national programme, from his Lifestyle Architect at Caritas […]

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