Caritas Anchor House

Working at the heart of homelessness

Charity providing innovative training solutions to cut unemployment

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Charity providing innovative training solutions to cut unemployment

2nd April 2013
SDP Solutions, who in partnership with Anchor House provide Live Train, picked up the prize for Training Excellence at the Construction News Specialists Awards ceremony, held at the London Hilton on Tuesday 26th March 2013.

Live Train is a 12-14 week construction programme which gives the unemployed people of London and Anchor House, a residential and life skills centre for homeless adults, the skills and experience to start a sustainable career in the construction industry.

The bespoke training course is carried out in a training workshop in Anchor House as well as on site, currently Rydon’s Ashmole Estate in Lambeth, which provides the best opportunity to learn valuable trade skills as well as a taste of life on site.

Rebecca Evans, Editor of Construction News Magazine, called Live Train “the best specialist contractors in the UK”. She said that it was well known that specialists are at the heart of the construction industry. “You provide the innovation that the country needs to survive.”

Anchor House Director, Keith Fernett said, “In increasingly difficult times Anchor House continues to respond flexibly and achieves above industry averages in finding housing and employment in collaboration with our residents and partners.”

And now, as part of Anchor House’s continued search for innovative approaches for training and ultimately employment, we are adding to our existing accolades listed below. 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.

In 2009, two of our residents jointly won the City and East London Employment Partnership Award for 'Outstanding Individual Back to Work'. In 2007, one of our residents won National Apprentice of the Year by the National Apprenticeship Service.

Another example of our innovation within the homelessness sector is our film, The Truth About Stanley, produced in association with Trademark Films and The Big Issue Foundation. The short film tells the story of an unlikely friendship between an old Congolese man and a young
runaway, living rough on the streets. It is about friendship, loss, and the way in which we choose to deal with personal trauma. 

The Truth About Stanley has been accepted to a film festival in Los Angeles, and was described by one critic as the ‘21st-century Cathy Come Home’.

For more information please visit 


Jazmine Sandison, Marketing and Communications
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: substance misuse; poor mental health; unemployment; lack of skills/education and 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 2012 we achieved the following:

  • 220 people were helped with a home and support
  • 64 single homeless residents moved into independent living
  • 79 residents secured employment
  • 216 residents had training needs assessments
  • 93 residents took part in volunteering activities either internally at Anchor House or in the local community