On the 10th of October 2012 millions of people around the world will mark World Homeless Day in various ways to change the lives of homeless people in their local community.
Anchor House is calling on the public to help raise money in aid of some of London’s most vulnerable people. The money raised will be used to fund schemes helping the people that Anchor House works with every year. Based in Canning Town – the most deprived ward in the third most deprived borough in the country – Anchor House supports up to 220 homeless people each year with a stable and safe environment to help them develop aspirations, confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to move towards leading independent, self-fulfilling lives.
The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs on a local scale. It provides opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness by supporting the work of local homelessness agencies.
This year we are encouraging people to organise fundraising activities in aid of Anchor House. You could run an event with friends, family, your school or place of work, community centre or place of worship.
“We are looking to you to get involved with your own ventures. Anything goes, as long as you can raise funds and awareness about the real issues experienced by homeless people the world over,” said Keith Fernett, Director of Anchor House. “As the number of homeless people rises across the country, help is needed now more than ever.”
Why not hold a dress down day, a collection, or set up a stand in your workplace highlighting the work Anchor House does helping some of East London’s most vulnerable people?
“Anyone can be homeless. What matters is how you react when it happens,” says resident Nigel Miles. “Anchor House gives you every chance to get back on your feet. I can’t praise the place enough, which is why I will be holding a football tournament on World Homeless Day to give something back.”