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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.

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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Caritas Anchor House gets creative at workshop

Friday, February 5th, 2016

This Saturday, the residents and service users of Caritas Anchor House and ASK Newham participated in a creative wellbeing workshop and ‘Light and Dark’ music studio. The workshop was hosted at Caritas Anchor House and run by Ingeenium, a creativity centred charity that provides participant-led arts projects for the people of London. The theme of the day was wellbeing, and residents and service users got to take part in relaxation activities, such as arts and crafts, designed to improve their mental wellbeing.

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Caritas Anchor House residents take on the Power Programme

Friday, February 5th, 2016

A group of Caritas Anchor House residents are engaging with a new self-empowerment course – the Power Programme. The Power Programme is delivered by Catalyst in Communities, a not for profit social enterprise which works with marginalised community groups, and is funded by the People’s Health Trust. Caritas Anchor House offers a home and support to those who have been affected by homelessness, substance misuse, mental health, domestic abuse and offending, and was chosen by Catalyst in Communities for the two-year Power Programme.

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Secretary of State praises Caritas Anchor House in exclusive visit

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, has praised Caritas Anchor House for their transformative work and comprehensive approach to tackling homelessness. During a visit to the charity, Mr Duncan Smith met with residents of Caritas Anchor House, which offers a home and support to over 230 homeless people each year in Newham, East London. The residents shared their experiences of homelessness and how Caritas Anchor House was supporting them to rebuild their lives.

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