Caritas Anchor House

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You helped 278 people on their journeys away from homelessness

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You helped 278 people on their journeys away from homelessness

9th August 2021
Well, what a year we've had. I’m sure you’ll agree the 12 months to 31st March 2021 were not what we were all expecting. We've had to adapt a lot, but have continued to provide much-needed support to people who found themselves without a place to call home. And we couldn't have weathered this storm without you. Thank you!

Click here to find out what we achieved in 2020/21.

Thanks to your support, 278 people were helped on their journeys away from homelessness last year*, despite all the challenges Covid-19 threw our way. People like Anne**:

"I went from living a normal life with a job I loved, to having nothing – almost overnight. I had nowhere to go and no choice but to sleep on the streets. It was so scary. I slept rough for three months before being put up in a hotel during the lockdown.

Now, I’m so happy to have a room of my own at Caritas Anchor House. I’ve been here for a few weeks now, and it feels like a big family. I have a bedroom, a bathroom, access to food and a kitchen. But most importantly, there are people here that are supporting me."

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45% of people staying with us last year became homeless due to family or friends no longer able to accommodate them – often due to overcrowding and concerns about Covid-19. But we're pleased to share that there were 216 attendances at our healthcare activities, including vaccinations, testing and screenings to support residents health during the pandemic.

Sadly, 130 (47%) of our residents reported mental health issues that have an impact on their daily life. Most of our in-person workshops and activities had to stop during the lockdowns, but we kept in regular contact with residents by phone and video, and offered enhanced wellbeing support from a reasonable distance to ensure all residents knew that we were still here.

Another way in which the pandemic impacted our residents was through job losses as a result of the lockdown and closed businesses. Adam was one of many people who lost his job:

"When I lost my job I ended up losing my home, but was too proud and afraid to ask for help.

Caritas Anchor House changed my life. I’ve been able to focus on myself and where I want to get to during lockdown, and I’ve been volunteering to keep busy.

I’m about to start voluntary work with a charity and I’m also signing up for agency jobs back in the hospitality industry, perhaps in kitchens or front-of-house again. I am feeling really very positive about moving on and what happens next for me."

Last year there were 86 attendances at work-readiness sessions, such as CV and interview-skills workshops, and 49 residents were in employment. We continue to work with residents to secure new jobs, offering support to reach their employment goals.

Ultimately, this will enable residents to secure an income, maintain a tenancy and leave homelessness behind for good. And last year 137 people were supported to move on from Caritas Anchor House, into homes of their own.

Click here to read our 2020/21 Impact Report.

Thank you for continuing to think of and support people like Anne and Adam, especially when you may also have been experiencing unsettling times. You have helped people without a home to get to a better place. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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