Keith Fernett

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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Homeless Sunday

Friday, January 16th, 2015

In this month’s video blog, Director Keith Fernett talks about Homeless Sunday, which this year falls on Sunday 18th January.

Organised by Housing Justice and Scottish Churches Housing Action, Homeless Sunday aims to encourage people to both challenge the conditions that lead to homelessness and celebrate the work of organisations who tackle this problem throughout the year.

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Kindred Spirits

Friday, December 12th, 2014

In the last video blog of 2014, Director Keith Fernett reflects on the kindred spirits in our community.

Over the last five years, Caritas Anchor House has been developing new ways to help those affected by complex and multiple needs, such as domestic violence, drug and alcohol misuse and mental health issues.

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London’s Housing Crisis

Monday, November 10th, 2014

In this month’s video blog, Director Keith Fernett talks about the capital’s growing housing crisis. He states that just across the road from Caritas Anchor House, there’s a regeneration scheme building hundreds of new ‘affordable’ shared ownership flats.

However, a one bedroom flat requires an income of £38,000 and a two bedroom flat requires £43,000. Although Caritas Anchor House has a remarkable achievement of getting people into work – 37% of its client group – the salaries are usually around the minimum wage mark at £16,000 per annum.

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Community Resilience

Monday, October 20th, 2014

In this month’s video blog, Keith Fernett talks about what Caritas Anchor House is doing to improve health and resilience within the local community.

Over the last few months, the charity has been in discussions with the health service, clinical commissioning groups, hospitals, foundation trusts, researchers and government agencies, to look at developing a new cost effective model for the health agenda.

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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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