Keith Fernett

The Human Dimension

Friday, September 5th, 2014

In this month’s video blog, Keith Fernett talks about the need for a human dimension when dealing with austerity measures.

Although he recognises the need for cuts and accepts that the changes and reduction of resources are inevitable, he expresses concern about the lack of empathy in certain areas.

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Developing a Community Resilience Centre

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

In this month’s video blog, Director Keith Fernett talks about Caritas Anchor House’s exciting plans for the future.

Based on the charity’s excellent track record of service delivery and performance management, plans are in progress to develop a Community Resilience Centre.

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The Power of Positivity

Monday, July 7th, 2014

In this month’s video blog, Keith Fernett talks about the sense of community emerging at Caritas Anchor House.

In the past, the organisation was characterised by problems with violence and alcohol and substance misuse, but over the past few years, things have changed dramatically. Now, our residents act as role models to each other, getting involved in mentoring and volunteering, and supporting others to overcome hurdles.

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The Virtues of Volunteering

Friday, June 6th, 2014

In this month’s video blog, Director Keith Fernett marks the end of Volunteers’ Week by discussing the new developments in the volunteering Time Bank scheme at Caritas Anchor House. The scheme has been very successful since it was established twelve months ago, with over 2,700 episodes of volunteering taking place over the year, totalling an […]

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Addressing Need in the Community

Monday, May 19th, 2014

In this month’s video blog, Caritas Anchor House Director Keith Fernett, reflects on the use of public money, efficiency and waste of resources, with an emphasis on the homeless sector. He cites the example of a woman who was referred to Caritas Anchor House this month by the local authority with no documentation. Due to […]

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A Place of Last Resort

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

In this month’s video blog, Director Keith Fernett talks candidly about the role Caritas Anchor House is playing as place of last resort in society. Like many homeless and third sector organisations, the charity is facing challenges against a backdrop of 20% budget cuts and local authorities being unable to commission services. Keith reflects on […]

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Praise for Volunteers

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

In this month’s video blog, Director Keith Fernett praises the residents of Caritas Anchor House who are participating in the organisation’s volunteering scheme. Introduced by NUSHO, Caritas Anchor House runs a Time Bank. Through this scheme, residents earn credits for their time spent volunteering, which can then be used as social currency to access other […]

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The Hidden Enemy

Monday, February 10th, 2014

In this month’s video blog, Keith Fernett expresses concern about the position third sector charities are in at the moment, in the face of austerity measures and new government policies, contracting and procedures. Staff at Caritas Anchor House have experienced a consistent set of delays in the decision making process of contracts, but the impact […]

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Affordable Housing

Monday, December 9th, 2013

In this month’s video blog, Anchor House Director Keith Fernett reflects on the reported housing boom in London. He says that the expected investment of up to £50 billion in London’s housing market is primarily aimed at the rich and overseas clients and people are neglecting to see the impact that this will have on […]

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Creativity and Innovation

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

In this month’s video blog, Director Keith Fernett talks about how organisations have a choice of how to react in the face of austerity. At Anchor House, the staff have viewed the cut backs as an opportunity to be creative and innovative, and by working with partners, have helped 72 residents into employment over the […]

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