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Changing the lives of homeless people in your local community

3rd October 2012
On the 10th of October 2012 millions of people around the world will mark World Homeless Day in various ways to change the lives of homeless people in their local community.

Anchor House is calling on the public to help raise money in aid of some of London’s most vulnerable people. The money raised will be used to fund schemes helping the people that Anchor House works with every year. Based in Canning Town - the most deprived ward in the third most deprived borough in the country - Anchor House supports up to 220 homeless people each year with a stable and safe environment to help them develop aspirations, confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to move towards leading independent, self-fulfilling lives.

The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs on a local scale. It provides opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness by supporting the work of local homelessness agencies.

This year we are encouraging people to organise fundraising activities in aid of Anchor House. You could run an event with friends, family, your school or place of work, community centre or place of worship.

“We are looking to you to get involved with your own ventures. Anything goes, as long as you can raise funds and awareness about the real issues experienced by homeless people the world over,” said Keith Fernett, Director of Anchor House. “As the number of homeless people rises across the country, help is needed now more than ever.”

Why not hold a dress down day, a collection, or set up a stand in your workplace highlighting the work Anchor House does helping some of East London’s most vulnerable people? 

“Anyone can be homeless. What matters is how you react when it happens,” says resident Nigel. “Anchor House gives you every chance to get back on your feet. I can’t praise the place enough, which is why I will be holding a football tournament on World Homeless Day to give something back.”

If you think you could get involved, please get in touch with

For more information or to donate online, go to


Jazmine Sandison
Fundraising and Marketing Executive
Anchor House, 81 Barking Road, London E16 4HB
Phone: 020 7476 6062


Anchor House is a nationally acclaimed flagship project addressing the root causes of homelessness: unemployment, mental health, substance misuse issues, lack of education and a history of offending.

It is a registered charity providing accommodation for up to 220 single homeless people each year. It also provides a wide range of accredited vocational training courses in construction, electrical, plumbing and distance learning for both residents and the local community. 

The charity is located in Canning Town, in the London Borough of Newham, the third most deprived borough in England and Wales.

In 2011 Anchor House achieved:

  • 41 residents obtained part-time or full-time employment
  • 68 residents moved on to independent living
  • 230 volunteering positions in Anchor House were undertaken by residents

In 2010, Anchor House was recognised as a centre of National Excellence and were awarded five National Training Awards by the UK Skills Council, including our Head of Employment and Education, Aggrie Chikiwa (a former resident), being awarded UK’s Individual Trainer of the Year. It was also awarded the Charity Times Award for Best Use of Technology and was a finalist in the Third Sector Excellence Awards for Financial Management. In 2006 and 2008, it won the Michael Whippman Award for Innovation in Homelessness.