Caritas Anchor House

Working at the heart of homelessness

Our News in Brief

Our News in Brief

18th June 2021
In my home country, I was persecuted and had no rights. I wasn’t able to get a job and was denied a passport. I had to escape. In 2015, I emigrated with a large group of people in a small van. We began the long journey across Europe which took months and months. I was terrified throughout, as we...
14th June 2021
I moved into Caritas Anchor House after escaping the dangers of my home country. I started the long journey to the UK, which was so scary. We travelled by a small plastic boat, full of people, and I was terrified that I wouldn’t make it. I ended up in the Calais jungle, sleeping in a tent with very...
2nd June 2021
During the past year we’ve seen a countless number of selfless contributions from so many generous people who support us with their time and skills, to help make a difference. Despite the limitations which the pandemic brought, we have been grateful for the fantastic volunteers supporting Caritas...
25th May 2021
Last week, London Council released a statement about how London Boroughs are fearing a summer of soaring homelessness. With the eviction ban being lifted and the furlough scheme ending soon, many more people are expected to lose their jobs and homes. London currently has the highest unemployment...
24th May 2021
When I first became homeless, I was completely on my own. I’d been working in the hospitality industry and renting privately, but I lost my home when I lost my job. I was very proud and too afraid to ask for help. I never looked homeless - I used to spend my time between the soup kitchen and the...
12th May 2021
I became homeless when I was 17. I had to leave my mum’s house and started sofa surfing with friends. I ended up selling drugs so I had some money, which at the time seemed normal - it’s what I had been around where I grew up. I’ve made a lot of mistakes. It’s not just the damage that you do to...
7th May 2021
Home Office guidance published last month outlines that the policy should only be used in cases where someone has refused or disengaged with support and is engaged in persistent anti-social behaviour or other criminal activity. Joint statement condemning UK plans to remove rough sleepers Changes...
28th April 2021
Today, we are proud to announce our new mission and values statements, which will guide the continued development of our culture, work and impact. Our mission is to build hope, enable lasting change and end homelessness for people in East London. We are here to help people in our local community...
22nd April 2021
I’m Ruby, and I started volunteering at Caritas Anchor House back in November. I am a full time accountant and live not too far away in the local area. My employer recently started giving us Friday afternoons off, as a new wellbeing initiative. I decided instead of chilling back at my flat, I...
12th April 2021
I first became homeless when I lost my partner a few years back to cancer. Prior to that I lived a normal life here in Newham where I was born and bred. I worked as cab driver for over 20 years, privately rented my own place and went to the odd West Ham game at the weekend. I’ve always worked and...

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