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Caritas Anchor House residents get empowered at workshop

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Caritas Anchor House residents get empowered at workshop

10th October 2016
Caritas Anchor House residents have taken part in a creative Empowerment Workshop this week, which helped them to identify and work towards their future goals.

The workshop was hosted at Caritas Anchor House, and was jointly organised with our partners ASK Newham, a mental health user involvement group. The aim of the workshop was to support our residents to rebuild confidence, while drawing out their strengths, abilities and interests.

In order to map out their individual areas for personal development, the residents were asked to reflect and map out where they felt they were currently, their future goals and achievements to work towards and any obstacles they may face in doing so.

To help the residents visualise their goals and inspire motivation, they each created a Visualisation Board with images that were significant to them to represent their forward journey. This board can then be developed in to an individual personal development plan to reach a specific goal.

As the workshop came to an end, the residents shared their Visualisation Board with the group and described their goals and how they planned to achieve them, which helped to foster trust and confidence with fellow residents.

Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, said “These workshops are very important as they allow our residents to speak openly about both their hopes and fears, in a safe, non-judgmental environment. We’re delighted to have organised this event with ASK Newham, and look forward to continuing our partnership working with them in the future.”

Caritas Anchor House offers a home and help to over 210 homeless people each year and many of those who we support lack the confidence to rebuild their lives. To help increase their confidence, Caritas Anchor House continually provides workshops to our resident group. The workshops form a key part of our holistic Aspirations Programme, which has been developed in collaboration with our residents, and looks to address all aspect of their lives.

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