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We don’t want to be a revolving door outfit – we want people to move out of homelessness for good, equipped with the life-skills and abilities to sustain independent living.

In order to continue its transformation and to meet the aspirations of homeless people and the long term unemployed in Canning Town, Caritas Anchor House is planning a major re-development to improve and expand its accommodation and communal spaces as well as the range of services it can offer.

With the support of its loyal supporters, Caritas Anchor House has launched a £9.3 million Home and Hope Appeal to ensure its lasting legacy continues.

Our Appeal aims to transform Caritas Anchor House into a 21st century facility and fit-for-purpose complex. The new development will include:

  • Refurbished accommodation – 118 rooms with “individual learning zones”, suitable as both bedroom and workspace. These will facilitate study and personal development.
  • Training facilities – workshops for vocational courses; learning zone for e-learning and a new kitchen to provide training facilities for people to gain catering qualifications.
  • Transitional accommodation – 25 new “move-on” studio flats adjacent to the main Caritas Anchor House building to help residents achieve a sustainable transition back into independent living.

It is supported by an Appeal Committee chaired by Michael to Dawson, a director of Chaucer plc, and has among its supporters and patrons Lord Patten, Lord Glasman, the Rt. Hon Ann Widdecombe, Jeremy Paxman, Barbara Windsor MBE, the Archbishops of Westminster and Southwark, the Bishop of Brentwood, Sir George Bull, Sir Christopher Benson and Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank.

At a cost of £15.3m, Caritas Anchor House will provide top quality accommodation, first-class training and personal development to help people to find both a job and a home. We have already invested £6m of this total into refurbishing our accommodation facilities.

Take a look at our vision of the future:

Vision panels – Part A (pdf)

Vision panels – Part B (pdf)

Vision Panels

For more information on our Home and Hope Appeal contact our Appeal Director, Guy Insull, on 0207 476 6062 or [email protected]

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Friday, July 11th, 2014

During the first quarter of this year, Caritas Anchor House has worked hard to adapt to the changing environment of the social care sector.

To compensate for the loss and alteration of services, we have stepped up our speed of operation and become more flexible, resulting in our figures remaining positive. Over 1,500 volunteering sessions were completed by our residents and service users in the quarter, and our education and training has continued and remains the keystone to the success of our residents.

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Caritas Anchor House is delighted 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 in addressing the root causes of poverty, and are shortlisted in The Charity Times Awards 2014 in two categories: Social Champion and Big Society.

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The Caritas Anchor House Recovery Hub came to an end last week, with the final Recovery Café taking place on Sunday 29th June.

Over the past year, the Recovery Hub has provided a host of services for residents and members of the community who are in recovery from alcohol and substance misuse.

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