News from Caritas Anchor House

Caritas Anchor House recognised as a Social Champion at awards

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Caritas Anchor House was runner up and Highly Commended in the category of ‘Social Champion’ at the Charity Times Awards 2014 on Wednesday 22 October. This award is given to those who have consistently delivered outstanding service to their end beneficiaries, been clear in their social changing goals and demonstrated all round excellence. Keith Fernett, […]

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A changing environment

Friday, October 17th, 2014

As we finish the second quarter of this year, Caritas Anchor House continues to adjust to the ever changing environment in the homeless sector.

We have moved a long way in reviewing our working practices and received a very positive inspection report from London Borough of Newham which recognised both our high levels of performance and our culture and ethos in turning the lives of our service users around.

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Paxman challenges perceptions on World Homeless Day

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Jeremy Paxman has praised an East London charity’s work to provide a sustainable path out of homelessness as “the only answer to a worldwide problem”.

The comment was made at a reception to mark World Homeless Day at the House of Lords, put on by homeless charity Caritas Anchor House and sponsored by Foehn.

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Stoptober: The 28 Day Challenge

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

This year’s Stoptober campaign launched on Wednesday 1st October, with over 200,000 people already signed up to take part.

Organised by the NHS, Stoptober challenges people to go smoke-free for 28 days – after which they’re five times more likely to stop smoking for good. The benefits of quitting range from reduced risk of illnesses such as lung cancer, coronary heart disease and stroke, to improvements in sense of taste and smell.

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Director takes on Annapurna

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

At Caritas Anchor House, a homeless charity in the second most deprived borough in the country, sometimes it can feel like we have a mountain of challenges to overcome.

Budget cuts, heavy demand for services and the increasing complexity of service user needs all take their toll, but this November our Director Keith Fernett has decided to exchange one mountain for another and is trekking across the foothills of Annapurna with four friends.

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Jeremy Paxman visits Caritas Anchor House

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Award-winning journalist, author and television presenter Jeremy Paxman paid a visit to Newham homeless charity Caritas Anchor House last week.

Paxman, a strong advocate of finding long-term solutions to homelessness, said “Caritas Anchor House is the full package – their focus is very much on treating people as individuals, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach. That might sound simple, but it’s incredibly important and, as their track record proves, it works.”

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Rethink and Remember

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Rethink and Remember is the theme of this year’s International Overdose Awareness Day.

Held on 31st August each year, this day is centered around prevention and remembrance and aims to both raise awareness of overdose and also acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends of those who have lost their lives or suffered permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

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100mile Bike Ride To Break Cycle Of Homelessness

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

On Sunday 10th August, four staff members from Caritas Anchor House will be gearing up for an epic 100mile bicycle relay.

On top of their usual jobs of fundraising (Kate and Zoe), working with rough sleepers (Jamie) and heading up Reception (Malik), they will be taking on the Prudential RideLondon Business Relay.

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Positivity and Performance

Friday, July 11th, 2014

During the first quarter of this year, Caritas Anchor House has worked hard to adapt to the changing environment of the social care sector.

To compensate for the loss and alteration of services, we have stepped up our speed of operation and become more flexible, resulting in our figures remaining positive.

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