Caritas Anchor House

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East London charity celebrates milestone achievement

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East London charity celebrates milestone achievement

14th July 2017
East London homelessness charity 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 marked the opening of their 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 the charity’s 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, the charity’s 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.

The charity 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.”

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 the charity has achieved so much 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 turn a life around, please visit www.caritasanchorhouse.org.uk or call 020 7476 6062.

EDITOR’S NOTES:
Caritas Anchor House, based in the London Borough of Newham is committed to supporting those who have experienced homelessness back into independent, despite facing a multiple of challenges in the external environment. 

One person in every 27 in Newham is homeless – the second highest rate in the country. It is the 25th most deprived borough in England – and Canning Town, where Caritas Anchor House is based, is the second most deprived neighbourhood. Newham has also seen the largest increase in house prices in the UK, at 22%.

INTERVIEWS/PHOTOGRAPHS:

Linda Maytum-Wilson, Acting Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, is available for interview. Additional photographs available – high resolution available on request.

Please contact our Communications Team (Jazmine Sandison or Rebekah Warburton) on communications@caritasanchorhouse.org.uk or 020 7476 6062.

The new building adjacent to the existing Caritas Anchor House block.

One of the 25 move-on studio flats.

Rebecca Rieley (Acting Deputy Chief Executive or Caritas Anchor House) and Elinor Savage (Greater London Authority).

A part of the building yet to be completed, which will house training facilities for residents and members of the community.