Keith Fernett

Charity Governance

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

In his latest video blog, Chief Executive Keith Fernett reflects on the changes he has witnessed in the area of governance of charities. Keith says organisations have not been able to differentiate between charities working towards the common good, and those that are not. He notes the recent problems in fundraising, and that larger charities, […]

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The future of London Housing

Monday, December 21st, 2015

In his video blog, Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, speaks about the future of housing in London. Though Keith welcomes new investment in the housing sector, he says it’s important to consider what type of housing will be built, and who can afford to buy it. Most residents of Caritas Anchor House, […]

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The change in VAT treatment by HMRC

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

In this month’s video blog, Caritas Anchor House CEO, Keith Fernett, speaks about the ongoing dialogue Caritas Anchor House is having with HMRC, in regard to our capital building works. In 2011, Caritas Anchor House launched our £15.3million Home and Hope Appeal, with the aim of transforming our organisation and the provision of homeless services […]

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An Integrated Approach to Welfare

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

This month, Keith has been intrigued by the media’s response to the constructive criticism levelled at the welfare system by CSAN’s report Caritas reports: the impact of welfare changes. The report highlighted a need to avoid silo-working when dealing with welfare, and Keith recommends the government should adopt a ‘whole-systems’ approach. The current silo mentality […]

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Mental Health needs in our community

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

In this month’s video blog, Keith Fernett, our CEO, talks about a pertinent issue for our service users – mental health. Many of our residents have mental health needs, and when working with and helping those residents manage or overcome their mental health, we deal with organisations in the statutory sector including hospitals, A&E departments […]

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Progressive language of Caritas Anchor House

Monday, June 1st, 2015

In this month’s video blog, our CEO, Keith Fernett talks about the evolution of funding strategies for charities in terms of local authority and Government funding. Keith says Caritas Anchor House has changed its use of language; we do not refer to ourselves as a hostel, but rather as a residential and life skills centre. […]

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The Future of the Third Sector

Friday, May 1st, 2015

In this month’s video blog, Caritas Anchor House Chief Executive, Keith Fernett, states his concern about the future for the third sector as a new government approaches. He says a major and urgent review of the administration of the government is needed and speaks of how Caritas Anchor House is facing its own extraordinary issues. […]

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Recognising community achievements

Monday, April 20th, 2015

In this month’s video blog, CEO Keith Fernett talks about the annual awards ceremony held at Caritas Anchor House on Thursday 26 March 2015. The evening saw a fantastic turn out as people gathered together to recognise the hard work and achievements of our residents, staff members and partners. Together, we work to enrich the […]

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After Care

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

In this month’s video blog, Director Keith Fernett talks about his recent interactions with former residents of Caritas Anchor House.

He states that the charity is becoming a hub not just for those who are currently homeless, but those who have been homeless in the past.

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Proposed West Ham Housing Development

Friday, February 13th, 2015

In this month’s video blog, Keith Fernett talks about the lack of affordable housing in the London Borough of Newham. Earlier today, he joined a group of Caritas Anchor House residents and local community organisations including TELCO (The East London Communities Organisation), children from St Anthony’s school and other faith based organisations to hand in […]

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