How we help

Caritas Anchor House strongly believes that everyone has an ability within them to achieve success in life, whatever the term ‘success’ means to that person.

Our aim at Caritas Anchor House is to help our residents tackle and overcome life’s barriers and obstacles, the expected and the unexpected, so they may realise and accept for themselves that they have the skills and talents necessary to be happy and successful in life.

Aspirations Programme

Identifying, addressing and finally overcoming the root causes of why someone is on the street is the cornerstone of Caritas Anchor House’s success. Each resident, on arrival, becomes involved in our “Aspirations Programme”. The Aspirations Pyramid sets the order of priority for addressing the needs of the new resident.

Aspiration Pyramid

As a first step in tackling the issues in the Aspirations Pyramid, we use the Outcomes Star. The residents score themselves on a variety of different aspects allowing them to identify the areas in their lives that need to be changed or improved upon.

Outcomes Star TM

Personal Development Plan

Once the assessment has been completed a Personal Development Plan is developed by the residents with his or her lifestyle architect, to bridge the gap between the current and the hoped-for positions on the Outcomes StarTM. This plan includes education and training (focussing on, for example, employability skills such as CV and interview preparation, qualifications, etc.), volunteering opportunities, counselling for substance abuse, and guidance on sorting out problems with debt.

Personal Development Plan

The programme supports the recovery process by rebuilding confidence, drawing out the resident’s strengths and competences, abilities and interests which the resident has never recognised, or which have been ignored over the years when survival was the only priority. These skills can be in music, art, sport, hospitality, teaching/mentoring, catering, constructions skills, etc.

Education and Training

Education and training are vital stepping stones in both preventing homelessness, and helping those who have lost their homes. Learning new skills helps our residents and service users to improve their self-esteem and gain experience so that they can re-enter the workforce.

Every year, we provide help for around 1,000 people – both residents and local community members – with the opportunity to access a wide range of accredited vocational training courses. Every applicant enrolling on a course is given a one-on-one interview and provided with a Training Needs Assessment to ensure they find the right course for them.

Our training programmes have been nationally acclaimed and have won awards for innovation, successful implementation and delivery. In 2010, the UK Skills Council awarded us four National Training Excellence Awards and our Education Coordinator – a former resident – was awarded UK’s Individual Trainer of the Year.

Caritas Anchor House also delivers Welcome Host Gold, an accredited City & Guilds customer service course, at Level 1, with the option of progressing to Level 2.

Schools Outreach

In addition to our work with adults, we also run a schools outreach programme designed to educate young people about the causes and consequences of homelessness.

The programme is offered to all primary and secondary schools in Newham, as well as those within the Brentwood Diocese, and hopes to reduce the risk of children becoming homeless as adults.

To find out more about this service, please click here.

Outcomes

Over the last three months to 06 July 2014 we have achieved the following outcomes:

  • 90% of residents were involved in positive transitional activities
  • 16 residents gained employment
  • 16 residents moved out of Caritas Anchor House into independent living
  • 1,166 volunteering opportunities were taken up by residents
  • Our occupancy rate was 99.6%

Download our latest quarterly Outcomes Report: Aspirations Programme Q1 to 06 July 2014 (pdf)

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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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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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