Caritas Anchor House

Working at the heart of homelessness

Community Resilience

Community Resilience

Here at Caritas Anchor House, we are proud to put the health and wellbeing of both individuals and our local community at the heart of everything we do.

We believe that sound physical, mental and emotional health are key components in any successful recovery programme, as well as for strong social cohesion and community resilience. 

We provide a range of services and opportunities for local residents, and aims to expand our support network. By supporting those in need, we aim to empower our community to become more resilient and able to deal with challenges posed by changing social and economic environments.

Residents in deprived areas, like Newham, are two to three times more likely to face asthma, lung cancer, respiratory conditions and smoking-related deaths, diabetes and heart disease, alcohol-related deaths and poor mental health, epilepsy and frequent emergency hospital admissions. Causes of these devastating health issues are often deep-rooted, and can include poor diet and nutrition, and a lack of awareness or understanding of emotional, physical and mental wellbeing.

Many of those accessing our services also have support needs related to mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse.

Connecting to our current Aspirations Programme, our community resilience projects recognise the fundamental need to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing and we are exploring how ‘social prescriptions’ can support this objective.

Social prescribing is a mechanism for linking individuals with non-medical sources of support within the community. Our community resilience projects provides service users with structured education, social engagement and the acquisition of sustainable and easily implementable life skills.

These might include opportunities for arts and creativity, volunteering, befriending and self-help, as well as support with, for example, education and employability, benefits, housing, debt, legal advice, or parenting problems.

We provide accredited and non-accredited training, employment support services, group conversational space sessions, connecting families and connecting elders coffee morning delivered by our Your Space team. 

In 2018, we will be extending our collaborative working with with relevant Newham Council departments, private and public sector organisations, health agencies and community organisations.

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