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Caritas Anchor House holds resident variety evening

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Caritas Anchor House holds resident variety evening

2nd March 2017
Caritas Anchor House came alive with performances last week as we hosted our first Variety Night.

The event, organised as part of our Community Resilience Programme, was attended by over 60 residents and staff members who were treated to singing, stand-up comedy and a poetry recital by six Caritas Anchor House residents.

The Variety Night kicked off with a joyful rendition of Abba’s “Dancing Queen”, which had audience members singing and clapping along to. Another resident then captivated the audience with a gospel song they wrote, which earned a standing ovation from the crowd.  

A bit of comic relief was brought to the evening with some stand comedy from Prakash, whose childhood dream was to be a comedian. He said “I am happy I had the opportunity to perform before an audience; this has given me confidence and a sense of achievement. I am going to work with other residents to set up a comedy club at Caritas Anchor House”.

Paula, who has been at Caritas Anchor House for just four months, then recited a poem she had written about her life experiences. When Paula joined Caritas Anchor House she was feeling very isolated and had lost her self-esteem, but with our support, is now making friends and regaining her confidence. “It took me a lot of courage to stand before people to read my poem, I feel happy that I could share my story”.

The evening closed with a rendition of Enrique Iglesias’ “Hero” by Jimmy, who challenged the audience to discover the hero within them.

As well as offering entertainment, the Variety Night allowed residents to socialise with each other in an informal setting, and provided an opportunity for the performers to develop their self-confidence and presentation skills.

Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, said “At Caritas Anchor House, we encourage residents to recognise and their strengths and skills, be that in performance art or otherwise. We have a number of very talented residents here, and it was a wonderful opportunity for them to showcase their talents.”

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