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Caritas Anchor House attends faith and communities conference

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Caritas Anchor House attends faith and communities conference

12th May 2017
Caritas Anchor House has attended the third Connecting Faiths and Building Communities Conference, to celebrate the efforts of Newham residents who work to enhance our local community.

Around 250 people, representing faith groups across the borough, attended the event at Old Town Hall, Stratford, designed to help build on the work of faith groups across Newham  and how it could be used to benefit the whole borough.

As part of the evening eight residents, one from each of the council’s community neighbourhood areas, received certificates for their work in organising Newham events, starting initiatives and advocating the needs of local residents. The awards recognised their work including promoting a local community garden for the enjoyment and health benefits of the community; and helping isolated people to socialise through coffee mornings.

A number of breakout sessions were held to help delegates look at how they can use this work and their own initiatives to develop a stronger community across the borough. Among the topics discussed were how to use arts to build community cohesion and how women can make a difference in the community.

Linda Maytum-Wilson, Acting Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, attended and said:

It was a pleasure to attend this event and hear such positive stories from Newham residents.

“At Caritas Anchor House, it is our mission to encourage and facilitate a cohesive community, for both our residents and the wider community. We provide a home to over 250 homeless people each year, and work with them to help rebuild and improve their lives. Once complete, our Home and Hope Appeal will offer residents and community members’ opportunities to improve personal resiliance.

“In addition, we provide community groups for families and elderly groups through our therapeutic counselling service Your Space, as well as clubs for the hard of hearing and a variety of community services at St Mark’s Community Centre.”

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