Posts Tagged ‘Keith Fernett’

Giving the Homeless a Voice

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

At Caritas Anchor House, we know that each person has a story to tell, and now, with the help of Newham based youth project You Press, you can hear some of them. On Friday 25th April, ten young artists will perform at the One Story, Our Voice event in Stratford, using poetry, spoken word and music to narrate the experiences […]

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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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Housing Benefit Changes Take Effect

Friday, April 4th, 2014

New housing benefit regulations came into effect on 1st April 2014, which put strict limitations on migrants from the European Economic Area (EEA). In the future, migrants will not be eligible for housing benefit unless they gain employment, and after that employment period ends, they can only claim housing benefit for a further six months. […]

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Residents shine at Awards Ceremony

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The Caritas Anchor House Awards Ceremony was celebrated in style on Thursday 13th March. Once a year, this event aims to recognise the hard work and achievements of the charity’s residents and staff. Guests were treated to stunning performances from St Angela’s and St Bonaventure’s Sixth Form choir, double act Two Different Roads and staff […]

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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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Rough Sleeping Project Success

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Caritas Anchor House is delighted to announce that the Rough Sleeping Initiative, which launched in January this year, has successfully found accommodation for four long term rough sleepers. The scheme, which is run in partnership with Thames Reach, aims to get rough sleepers off the streets and make them a ‘Single Service Offer’ – one […]

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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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£12 billion in welfare cuts will make many homeless

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The Chancellor’s plan to cut housing benefit for the under 25s could have devastating consequences, warned the Caritas Anchor House Director today. George Osborne made the announcement this week that £25 billion worth of cuts will be needed after the next election, with the welfare budget being the hardest hit. Housing benefits for those under 25 […]

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Anchor House awarded £25,000 grant

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Anchor House has been awarded a £25,000 grant to help strengthen essential services for homeless people in Newham. The grant is part of £120,875 awarded to six homeless organisations in England this month, and comes from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Future Ready Fund. Administered via Homeless Link, this fund supports organisations making […]

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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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