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Jeremy Paxman visits Caritas Anchor House

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Jeremy Paxman visits Caritas Anchor House

12th September 2014
Award-winning journalist, author and television presenter Jeremy Paxman paid a visit to Newham homeless charity Caritas Anchor House last week.

Paxman, a strong advocate of finding long-term solutions to homelessness, has been a Patron of the charity since 2011. Speaking about what made him decide to lend his support to the charity, he said:

“Caritas Anchor House is the full package - each person who walks through their doors gets support tailored to them, whether that’s improving their job prospects with educational and training courses, addressing drug or alcohol issues or dealing with mental health needs.

“Their focus is very much on treating people as individuals, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach. That might sound simple, but it’s incredibly important and, as their track record proves, it works.”

The innovative approaches that the charity use to get people back into work resulted in 37% of residents securing employment in 2013 – a figure that’s almost four times higher than the average of 10% for most homeless organisations.

Keith Fernett, Director of Caritas Anchor House said: “We are delighted to have Jeremy’s support. He has a real understanding of the issues that lead to homelessness and is fully behind what we are trying to achieve here.”

Jeremy Paxman will also be speaking at the House of Lords next month, to mark Caritas Anchor House’s World Homeless Day reception, aiming to draw attention to the serious issue of homelessness and the needs of those affected.

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