Caritas Anchor House

Working at the heart of homelessness

82% of people reported improved wellbeing

82% of people reported improved wellbeing

From 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 we provided one-to-one support and facilitated peer-led and group activities to promote healthy physical, emotional and mental wellbeing to all residents, 55% of reported mental health issues that impacted on their daily lives.

Despite being funded as a low-support service, we worked with 192 residents who reported multiple supported needs relating to mental health, substance abuse, domestic abuse, physical health and criminal justice. We ran awareness and wellbeing sessions; focusing on improving confidence and self-care, managing stress and anxiety, keeping physically fit and eating healthily. We also work with partners so that residents can access specialist and health services.

It’s important to offer residents an opportunity to take a step back from their day-to-day lives, which can sometimes be quite chaotic. Many are juggling moving on from homelessness while focusing on areas such as improving skills and securing employment.

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