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An announcement from Caritas Anchor House

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An announcement from Caritas Anchor House

20th April 2017

Dear friends, colleagues and partners,

I am writing to let you know that, after 12 years as Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, Keith Fernett has decided that now is the right time to move on and pass the baton to fresh leadership.

Linda Maytum-Wilson, our Director of Operations, is Acting Chief Executive and Rebecca Rieley, Head of Business Services, is Deputy Chief Executive. Having worked very closely with Keith on major projects within the Strategic Management Team, Linda and Rebecca are well placed to provide continuity whilst we recruit a new Chief Executive.

Caritas Anchor House will continue to significantly impact the lives of thousands of people in Newham. Over the past 12 years, Caritas Anchor House has provided a home to around 2,500 of the most vulnerable people in our community; supported over 800 homeless people into their own homes, and over 600 into paid employment; increased the staff team from 29 to 51 as the income has increased from £850,000 per year to £2.4million in 2015/16.

However, homelessness across the UK and particularly in Newham is rapidly increasing, and the work of Caritas Anchor House is ever more vital. We have developed many successful, long-term partnership networks with companies, statutory sector bodies, and other charities to bring greater benefits to all our residents and the wider community – these remain a priority.

Now is a very exciting time for Caritas Anchor House. We have recently seen the completion of our 25 new move-on flats, all of which are now occupied, meaning that we can provide a home to more homeless people than ever before. This was part of our Home and Hope Appeal, which has so far raised £13.6million – an incredible achievement despite a difficult, external funding climate.

The final phase of the Appeal will now see the refurbishment of the ground floor, which will provide residents and the wider community with state-of-the-art training and support services. This will form the heartbeat of Caritas Anchor House and build a legacy of lasting change for many years to come.

I would like to thank each of you for the support, partnership and collaboration you’ve shown Caritas Anchor House, as we continue to strive to support some of the most disadvantaged people in our community rebuild their lives.

With best wishes,

Mgr. John Armitage
Chair of Trustees - Caritas Anchor House


Linda Maytum-Wilson (left) and Rebecca Rieley (right)

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