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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Latest News

100mile Bike Ride To Break Cycle Of Homelessness

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

On Sunday 10th August, four staff members from Caritas Anchor House will be gearing up for an epic 100mile bicycle relay.

On top of their usual jobs of fundraising (Kate and Zoe), working with rough sleepers (Jamie) and heading up Reception (Malik), they will be taking on the Prudential RideLondon Business Relay.

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Positivity and Performance

Friday, July 11th, 2014

During the first quarter of this year, Caritas Anchor House has worked hard to adapt to the changing environment of the social care sector.

To compensate for the loss and alteration of services, we have stepped up our speed of operation and become more flexible, resulting in our figures remaining positive.

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Caritas Anchor House is up for three national awards!

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Caritas Anchor House is delighted to announce that we are in the running for three prestigious national awards this month.

We have been longlisted in the first stage of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) awards as a project displaying innovation and effectiveness and shortlisted in the Charity Times Awards 2014 in two categories: Social Champion and Big Society.

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