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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 our loyal supporters, Caritas Anchor House has launched a £9.3 million Home and Hope Appeal to ensure our 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 Board chaired by Michael 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 Emeritus 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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