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Caritas Anchor House holds 'Building New Beginnings' event

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Caritas Anchor House holds 'Building New Beginnings' event

14th July 2017
Caritas Anchor House held a milestone celebration event this week, where they were hailed for giving homeless people a home and the hope to rebuild their lives.

The event, themed Building New Beginnings, marked the opening of our new building which includes 25 studio flats to ease the transition into independent living for those who have experienced homelessness.

The flats form part of our Home and Hope Appeal, which has also seen the construction of facilities which will extend their ability to offer services to the local community, as well as those who now call Caritas Anchor House home. Launched in 2011 with a £15.3million funding target, the appeal has so far raised £12.8million – a tremendous achievement in a difficult climate.

Speaking at the event, our Chair of Trustees, Mgr John Armitage said, “To accomplish what we have, in what has been the most challenging of financial times for our country, has been nothing short of miraculous.”

“The generosity in time, ingenuity and the determination of those who have supported our Home and Hope Appeal has shown us that, despite the odds, it is possible to create new and innovative ways to address social need.”

Caritas Anchor House provides accommodation and wrap-around, specialist care for those escaping homelessness. Support with mental health and substance abuse, exploring employment opportunities and harnessing potential all fall within what’s offered, and is aimed at enabling residents ultimately to lead independent, self-fulfilling lives. The charity’s approach is holistic to ensure the causes of an individual’s homelessness are addressed. They have established a range of partnerships so that they can quickly signpost residents to specialist services and ensure the quality and effective of services available to residents.

Caritas Anchor House is based in the London Borough of Newham, an area of acute deprivation, and was highlighted by Elinor Savage of the Greater London Authority (GLA), which donated £600,000 towards the appeal.

“The London Borough of Newham is the 25th most deprived borough in England, and Caritas Anchor House is located in Newham’s second most deprived neighbourhood. The borough is also an identified area of high homelessness – one in 27 people in Newham have nowhere to live.”

“Caritas Anchor House’s project was attractive to the Greater London Authority because it provides additional affordable homes to meet a significant local need. The GLA was particularly impressed with Caritas Anchor House’s aim to provide homeless people with a platform into independent living.”

“It’s been a real collaboration to get this project off the ground and it is extremely pleasing to be here today to see the finished homes.”

Before blessing the new move-on flats, Bishop Alan Williams of the Diocese of Brentwood addressed guests at the event, and commended the strong sense of community within Caritas Anchor House.

“About 250 people make their way through Caritas Anchor House one way or another during a year, and there is a real sense of community. This place is always welcoming, always inclusive, always accessible and that’s exactly how it should be.”

“Apart from respecting others, celebrating uniqueness, being very hospitable to others, there is also a wider dimension to Caritas Anchor House. Those that live here volunteer in the community, and there is a real sense that the good that goes on here spreads out to the wider world.”

Guests were able to get a real feel for a resident’s journey through Caritas Anchor House with an experiential tour, which showcased the moving in and induction process, personal development and their education and employment programme. Guests learnt how Caritas Anchor House prepares their residents to move onto independent living and were able to view one of the newly built move-on flats. Caritas Anchor House partners Sarah Agnes Foundation, TELCO (the East London branch of Citizens UK), and Business in the Community’s Ready for Work programme also showcased their work.

While we have achieved so much with the help of our supporters, there is still £2.5million left to raise for the Home and Hope Appeal so that the entire building project can be completed. This will create a lasting legacy for the community for many years to come.

For more information, or to make a contribution to build new beginnings for homeless people, please click here or contact us on appeal@caritasanchorhouse.org.uk or 020 7476 6062.

Click here to see the photo album from the event.

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