Caritas Anchor House

Working at the heart of homelessness

49 residents were in employment in the year

49 residents were in employment in the year

From 1 April 2020 to March 31st 2021, 17% of residents held a job, and 15% secured a new role.

Of those, 44% were in full-time roles, 33% in part-time and 23% on zero-hour contracts. By comparison, research shows that across the UK, an average 7% of people living in supported housing are in paid employment. Employment is a key goal for many of our residents, so we help residents to secure and keep jobs.

One way in which the pandemic impacted our resident group was through job losses as a result of the lockdown and closed businesses. Many of those who lost jobs or were put on furlough were working in construction, warehouses, security, retail and hospitality. Residents were concerned about the impact this would have on them financially, and were supported by our team who offered budgeting advice, and to make Universal Credit claims where they did not meet the requirements for government financial support for employees, often due to their employment start date.

We also continued to work with residents to secure new jobs, offering support to reach their employment goals. We had 86 attendances at work-readiness sessions. This includes discussing their interests and skills, accessing relevant training, developing CVs, building confidence around interviews, and applying for roles. Ultimately, this will enable residents to secure an income, maintain a tenancy and leave homelessness behind. 

"When I lost my job I ended up losing my home, but was too proud and afraid to ask for help. But I knew something had to change. Caritas Anchor House changed my life. I've been able to focus on myself and where I want to get to during lockdown, and I've been volunteering to keep busy." - Adam 

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