About Us

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.

History

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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Homeless residents show star quality

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Music, laughter and celebrations were the theme of the night at the annual Caritas Anchor House Awards Ceremony on Thursday. Staff, residents and community members gathered together to mark the hard work and achievements of the homeless charity’s residents, staff members and partners.

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Make It Happen: International Women’s Day

Friday, March 6th, 2015

International Women’s Day takes place on Sunday 8th March, marking an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women across the world and call for greater gender equality.

This year’s theme for the day is ‘Make It Happen’, a phrase that has become something of a motto for staff and residents at Caritas Anchor House. Our aim is to empower all of our residents to achieve their best and on this day, we’d like to highlight some of the remarkable achievements of our female residents.

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Local pupils sleep rough for homeless charity

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

A sponsored sleepout by students at Quwwat Ul Islam Girls School, Forest Gate, has raised over £800 for local homeless charity Caritas Anchor House.

Following a workshop on homelessness, given by the charity, the year 11 students swapped their warm beds for sleeping bags on the floor of the school hall in an effort to better understand the experiences of homeless people.

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