Posts Tagged ‘Keith Fernett’

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Caritas Anchor House is up for three national awards!

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Caritas Anchor House is delighted to announce that we are in the running for three prestigious national awards this month.

We have been longlisted in the first stage of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) awards as a project displaying innovation and effectiveness and shortlisted in the Charity Times Awards 2014 in two categories: Social Champion and Big Society.

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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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No Second Nights Out in Newham

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Since January, the Caritas Anchor House Rough Sleepers Assessment Centre has helped 33 off the streets in Newham. 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 which would change their circumstances and end their homelessness. Two […]

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