Caritas Anchor House

Working at the heart of homelessness

Home and Hope Appeal

Home and Hope Appeal

Our Home and Hope Appeal was launched in 2011 and, once completed, will transform our organisation and leave a lasting legacy for Caritas Anchor House and the local community.

Click here to download our Case for Support.

Caritas Anchor House recognised that to continue our transformational work with the disadvantaged, meet the increasing demand for our services and the needs of the local community, we would need to re-develop our organisation, expand our accommodation and the services we provide. 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.

We launched our £15.3 million Home and Hope Appeal in 2011 to ensure our lasting legacy in Canning Town and Newham continues.

The appeal will transform Caritas Anchor House into a fit for purpose complex, with state of the art training facilities, and is divided into three phases:

  • Phase 1: refurbished accommodation – this phase is now completed, and saw the renovation of our existing residential rooms into individual learning zones, suitable as both a bedroom and a workspace. The rooms provide good quality accommodation and help facilitate study and personal development.
  • Phase 2: transitional accommodation – this phase is now completed, and saw the construction of 25 move-on studio flats, adjacent to our main building. They are designed to help residents achieve a sustainable transition back into independent living.
  • Phase 3: training facilities – Our training facilities will be expanded to include space for vocational courses, learning zones and a training kitchen to provide amenities for people to gain catering qualifications. This work is ongoing.

The primary goals of the Appeal are:

  • Provide a home for an additional 50 homeless people each year, in purpose built move-on accommodation.
  • Provide at least 240 residents and people from the local community opportunities to gain skills and experience from activities such as volunteering, education, training or paid employment every year.
  • Support 15% more people with complex needs, such as mental health and substance misuse, to move on to independent living.

The Home and Hope Appeal 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, Dame Barbara Windsor DBE, the Archbishops of Westminster and Southwark, the Bishop Emeritus of Brentwood and Field Marshal Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank.

You can explore our vision for the future below, and can visit our Facebook page for the latest Home and Hope Appeal pictures.

To make a donation to the appeal, and to create a lasting legacy please click here.

For more information on our Home and Hope Appeal contact us on 0207 476 6062 or

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