News from Caritas Anchor House

Homeless residents show star quality

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Music, laughter and celebrations were the theme of the night at the annual Caritas Anchor House Awards Ceremony on Thursday. Staff, residents and community members gathered together to mark the hard work and achievements of the homeless charity’s residents, staff members and partners.

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Make It Happen: International Women’s Day

Friday, March 6th, 2015

International Women’s Day takes place on Sunday 8th March, marking an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women across the world and call for greater gender equality.

This year’s theme for the day is ‘Make It Happen’, a phrase that has become something of a motto for staff and residents at Caritas Anchor House. Our aim is to empower all of our residents to achieve their best and on this day, we’d like to highlight some of the remarkable achievements of our female residents.

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Local pupils sleep rough for homeless charity

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

A sponsored sleepout by students at Quwwat Ul Islam Girls School, Forest Gate, has raised over £800 for local homeless charity Caritas Anchor House.

Following a workshop on homelessness, given by the charity, the year 11 students swapped their warm beds for sleeping bags on the floor of the school hall in an effort to better understand the experiences of homeless people.

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Homeless Sunday: 18th January

Friday, January 16th, 2015

This January, Christians across the UK will mark Homeless Sunday on 18th January with prayers, reflection and a show of solidarity.

Homelessness is a widespread problem in today’s society, with official statistics showing that more than 100,000 people approached their council as homeless in 2013 – a 26% rise over four years.

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Quality in Crisis

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

The third quarter of this year has seen austerity measures and changes in the commissioning regime continue to have a marked impact on our service delivery.

As one of the highest performing homeless charities in the country, we have to overcome a number of hurdles to performance put in our way by the statutory sector, including but not limited to financial.

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Highlights of 2014

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to take a step back and reflect on the year gone by.

Throughout the year, we have continued to deliver vital support for those affected by homelessness, substance misuse, mental health, domestic violence and crime and demand for our services is higher than ever.

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Work begins on final stage of Home and Hope Appeal

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

We are delighted to announce that building work on the final stage of our Home and Hope Appeal has commenced.

Launched in 2011, this £9.3 million appeal aims to transform Caritas Anchor House into a 21st century facility and fit-for-purpose complex.

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Wrap Up! and help our homeless residents this Christmas

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Whether you prefer stuffing or brussel sprouts, turkey or ham, eating a meal with the people you care about is something to look forward to.

But for those who are going through a hard time and do not have a permanent home, Christmas can be an especially difficult time of year.

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Fundraising hike raises nearly £7,000

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

A team of five friends have raised nearly £7,000 for Caritas Anchor House in a trek across the foothills of Annapurna.

Keith Fernett, Graham and Eleanor Toms and Ken and Lila Winger were hiking to raise funds for people affected by homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, mental health, domestic violence and crime.

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Good Morning Britain Meal Appeal

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

If you’re an early riser and happened to switch on ITV on Thursday, you might have seen Caritas Anchor House featured in Good Morning Britain’s Meal Appeal.

Nearly a million people used food banks last year and with the Christmas season fast approaching, Good Morning Britain have teamed up with FareShare, the Trussell Trust and Tesco for a nation wide food drive.

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