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Anchor House has got Talent!

28th February 2013

Anchor House has got Talent!

On Tuesday 19th February 2013, East End homeless charity Anchor House held its annual entertainment and awards evening, titled “Anchor House has got Talent”.

Homeless residents, staff and guests from the local community and businesses were entertained by performances from our local community rock band The Dodgy Jammers, the Anchor House choir made up of homeless residents and staff and Findus the pantomime horse!

This was followed by an awards ceremony recognising the achievements over the past 12 months of residents, staff and community partners. Awards were presented by Director Keith Fernett, Chair of Management Monsignor John Armitage VG and Sister Teresa-Ann Hughes, also a member of the Management Committee.

Resident Keith was crowned as the Most Inspirational Resident, as voted for by the 120 residents living in Anchor House. Through Keith’s hard work and determination he landed himself in employment last year and has upheld his efforts ever since. Keith thanked the audience for celebrating and recognising his achievements in this way.

Resident Bruk, who has been living at Anchor House for 8 months, won Best Contribution to Anchor House for his enthusiasm and participation in the Residents Events and Marketing Team (REAM), being the in-house roaming reporter and film producer, and for his time spent volunteering with the fundraising and marketing team.

Kevin, John, Louis, Francis, and Mohamed were awarded for their contribution to Anchor House and the community through volunteering, some having taken part in over 200 hours of voluntary service in the past 3 months. The team have volunteered both in Anchor House and locally, particularly in St Mark’s Community Centre in Beckton, in areas such as catering, maintenance and marketing and have proved to be real gems.

Alexandrina and Sammy were awarded for the Education, Training and Employment (ETE) Residents of the Year for their continuous efforts in developing their skills and taking advantage of the many training courses offered at Anchor House. They have successfully completed numerous courses and developed their skills which will enable them to gain employment in their desired fields.

The Best Employee award was presented to Alice Zaki, who has been employed by Anchor House for almost 20 years as a cleaner. Alice’s friendliness and willingness makes her a deserving winner, as not only does she work all day on the residents’ floors, but she lends a helping hand wherever possible, particularly in the kitchen, if ever an extra pair of hands is needed.

Shamilah Rasul, a Lifestyle Architect and Tutor at Anchor House, was jointly awarded the Best Employee award for her work in the ETE department, helping our residents to realise their potential, building on their training, qualifications and CVs, and ultimately securing employment.

Perhaps the most anticipated award of the evening was the Best Community Partner. The winners truly deserved the award for their perseverance with our residents and their real want for them to move on and succeed using their health as a starting point. The Newham Transitional Primary Care Team was represented by Moya Forsyth and Helen Burnetts on the evening who said “We are just two of a much larger team, who I’m sure will be hugely grateful for this award! We have never won an award before, and we are extremely honoured to be recognised as Best Community Partner.”

Anchor House Director, Keith Fernett, said of the evening “Our awards evening is the perfect opportunity to recognise and congratulate those who have succeeded over the past 12 months – whatever their individual successes may be. We also hope that this may inspire other residents at Anchor House to take similar steps toward achieving their goals, and essentially towards moving back into a fulfilling and independent life.”

For further information please contact Jazmine Sandison on or 020 7476 6062.

Click here to see photographs from the evening.

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