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Caritas Anchor House excels at supporting homeless people into employment

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Caritas Anchor House excels at supporting homeless people into employment

12th May 2016
The latest reporting results from Caritas Anchor House shows that 28% of our residents were in employment in the last quarter. In the period from 01 January - 31 March 2016, 43 residents were employed, of which 10 gained jobs in that time.

Securing employment is a key objective for our residents and is a vital stepping stone to overcoming homelessness. Many of the people who we support have complex needs relating to substance misuse, mental health, domestic abuse and offending which can be a barrier to employment. Yet despite these needs, and an increasingly difficult backdrop, our residents continue to achieve.

Learning new skills helps our residents and service users to improve their self-esteem and gain experience so that they can re-enter the workforce. Every year, we provide residents and local community members with the opportunity to access a wide range of accredited vocational training courses through our Education, Training and Employment Programme.

Residents complete a Training Needs Assessment which highlights any skill gaps they may have. They then work with staff to identify employment opportunities to which they would be well-suited, and produce a development plan in order to secure and sustain a job.

The training programmes which Caritas Anchor House provides have been nationally acclaimed and have won awards for innovation, successful implementation and delivery. We were also recently awarded £299,960 from the Big Lottery Fund to support homeless people into education and employment.  

Our training offer includes Welcome Host Gold, a one-day customer service training course. We work in partnership with Learning and Skills Solutions (LASS) to run workshops at Caritas Anchor House which specialise in employability skills including, literacy, numeracy, CV writing and computer skills. Clifford Chance provide one-to-one mentoring to our residents, which can include support with reading and writing, and we hold employability workshops through Business in the Community’s Give and Gain Day – a global day of employee volunteering.

Speaking of the latest reporting results, Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House said, “It is a credit to the dedication of our residents and the support of our staff that we have seen many residents sustain or secure employment. Newham has the third highest unemployment rate in London, so the employment and training services we provide, both to our residents and the local community, are becoming ever more vital. I look forward to the completion of our Home and Hope Appeal, which will see our training facilities expanded, and will mean we can support even more people into jobs.”    

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