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MP Dominic Raab visits Anchor House

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MP Dominic Raab visits Anchor House

7th May 2013

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Keith Fernett and Dominic Raab, MP

When the Centre for Social Justice asked for volunteers to be part of their Inner City Challenge, Dominic Raab, MP for Esher and Walton, immediately put his hand up. The challenge asks MPs from all political parties to undertake a voluntary placement in some of the most ground-breaking poverty-fighting projects in Britain.

For Dominic, who has a particular interest in homelessness and the issues surrounding it, as well as in the London Borough of Newham, Anchor House was the obvious choice. Over the course of three days, Dominic met with various staff and residents and experienced first-hand how the day-to-day running of a modern charity works.

Talking about his experience, Dominic said he was impressed by the ethos of self-help and personal responsibility that is present in everything Anchor House does.

“The business-like approach that Anchor House takes is unusual in the charity sector, but it’s clearly very effective. The people who come here have often hit rock bottom, so it was a pleasant surprise to see how optimistic the atmosphere is.”

Dominic passed on his thanks to all staff for making him feel so welcome and has offered his support for the future.

Dominic Raab is the Conservative MP for Esher and Walton and writes regular updates in his blog, which can be viewed here.

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Dominic Raab, MP with Anchor House residents

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