Caritas Anchor House

Working at the heart of homelessness

Newham charity shortlisted for three national awards

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Newham charity shortlisted for three national awards

10th July 2014
A Canning Town homeless charity is in the running for three prestigious national awards this month.

Caritas Anchor House, which supports over 200 homeless and vulnerable adults each year, has 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, turning lives around and reversing social breakdown. The Charity Times Awards 2014 have also shortlisted the charity in two categories: Social Champion, for which the charity was runner up and highly commended in 2013, and Big Society.

The Social Champion accolade recognises organisations that have consistently delivered an outstanding service to their end-beneficiaries, and while Caritas Anchor House is a relatively small charity, it has been nominated for the Big Society Award for its services promoting better living and social cohesion.

"We're thrilled to be shortlisted for these awards," said Director, Keith Fernett. "It's a credit to our achievements and recognises the hard work of all our staff, and the determination of our residents, who make Caritas Anchor House what it is. 

“Over the past few years, our charity has evolved dramatically and we are now able to support people from all walks of life, including those dealing with alcohol and substance misuse, mental health problems, domestic violence and a history of offending. 

“We provide access to training, education and personal support, which helps develop skills and self-esteem. Being shortlisted for these awards recognises our efforts to improve and expand our services, which are now accessed by over 200 residents and 15,000 members of community each year.”

This is not the first time that the homeless charity has received national recognition. They were named as a National Centre of Education Excellence in 2010 and have previously won awards for Best Use of Technology, Financial Management, and Innovation in the Community.

Earlier this year, Caritas Anchor House was also endorsed in the Houses of Parliament, with Lord Touhig hailing them as a charity that has ‘diversified and begun operating in new and creative ways’ and praising their initiative in partnering with other local organisations. 

If you would like to support the work of Caritas Anchor House and help them to continue to deliver the best services to those with the very least, please visit their website www.caritasanchorhouse.org.uk or send a cheque payable to Caritas Anchor House to FREEPOST - HOMELESS, 81 Barking Road, London E16 4HB.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jazmine Sandison, Communications Lead
Caritas Anchor House, 81 Barking Road, London E16 4HB
Phone: 020 7476 6062
Email: communications@caritasanchorhouse.org.uk

EDITORS' NOTES:
Caritas Anchor House is a nationally acclaimed flagship project addressing the root causes of homelessness – such as poor education, substance misuse, mental health problems, domestic violence or a history of offending – and create sustainable solutions that ensure the people we help will never find themselves in that situation again.

It is a registered charity providing accommodation for up to 220 single homeless people each year aged 19 to 65. It gives so much more than just a roof over their heads and provides a wide range of accredited vocational training courses in construction, electrical, plumbing and distance learning for both residents and the local community. In practical terms, this means not only giving our residents the skills and confidence they need to rebuild their lives and move on to independent living, but also serving the community as a whole.

The charity is located in Canning Town, in the London Borough of Newham, the third most deprived borough in England and Wales.