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Make It Happen: International Women’s Day

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Make It Happen: International Women’s Day

6th March 2015
International Women’s Day takes place on Sunday 8th March, marking an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women across the world and call for greater gender equality.

This year’s theme for the day is ‘Make It Happen’, a phrase that has become something of a motto for staff and residents at Caritas Anchor House. Our aim is to empower all of our residents to achieve their best and on this day, we’d like to highlight some of the remarkable achievements of our female residents.

Olivia’s Story

Olivia became homeless after losing her job and being unable to pay her rent. When she first arrived at Caritas Anchor House, Olivia was very unsettled; her confidence was very low, felt scared and alone and she lacked any motivation to create change in her life.

After undertaking some initial confidence building courses and voluntary work in the Caritas Anchor House kitchen, she started applying for jobs again. She now works in a catering role at a local hotel and feels like life is starting to improve.

“Working with my Lifestyle Architect helped me to rebuild my confidence and self belief,” said Olivia. “I’ve come such a long way since I arrived at Caritas Anchor House a year ago. I talk to the other residents and I say, “If I can do it, you can do it!””


Aisha had been sleeping rough on and off for 10 years before coming to Caritas Anchor House. She had a long history of addiction, a criminal record and had lost faith in the ability of the system to help.

However, after getting to know other residents at Caritas Anchor House, she started volunteering and engaging in training courses. A few months later, she was almost unrecognisable: after over a decade of drug use, Aisha was in recovery and a diet of regular healthy meals, together with a supportive environment, left her looking much healthier and happier.

“Volunteering was fantastic because it helps you have some structure,” said Aisha, who found supported accommodation through the Clearing House scheme. “I know I still have a long way to go, but for the first time in a long time, the future is looking good.”

With your help, we can support more women like Olivia and Aisha to get back into independent living, and reclaim their self-esteem and confidence. To donate, please give us a call on 0207 476 6062 or visit our JustGiving page.

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