Caritas Anchor House

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East London charity awarded £300,000 to help homeless people get jobs

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East London charity awarded £300,000 to help homeless people get jobs

7th December 2015
East London homeless charity, Caritas Anchor House, has been awarded £299,960 to support homeless people into education and employment.

Announced today, Caritas Anchor House is one of many projects across the country to benefit from The Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme, to support communities most in need to give people better chances. The Big Lottery Fund distributes 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes, which last year stood at £670 million.

By funding the salaries of two keys posts - an E-Learning Coordinator and Programme Manager – Caritas Anchor House can develop their services to support homeless and vulnerable people into employment and education in Newham. Statistics show that skills shortages in Newham are double the London average, with 20% of the population lacking any qualifications, and the second highest level of unemployment in London at 10.3%.

Caritas Anchor House provides a home to over 230 homeless people each year, and records 17,000 visits from members of the community accessing their services. Currently, over half of the resident group have one or more complex need, including substance misuse, mental health, criminal justice and domestic abuse. Despite the increasingly difficult backdrop, over the past three years, the charity has supported 176 residents into employment and worked with over 800 people to improve their employment prospects.

The Education, Training and Employment Programme at Caritas Anchor House, forms a vital part of their Aspirations Programme. Each resident receives a training needs assessment, and are supported to fill any gaps in their skill sets. They work with staff to identify areas of employment to which they would be well-suited, and produce a development plan in order to secure and sustain a job. For some residents, who have never worked, this can be a hard task, but is made easier with ongoing support and access to accredited training and volunteering opportunities.

The training programmes which Caritas Anchor House provides have been nationally acclaimed and have won awards for innovation, successful implementation and delivery, whilst in 2014 the charity supported 27% of its resident group back into employment – nearly double the average of 14% for most homeless organisations.

Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, said the funding would help to improve the prospects of more people in the London Borough of Newham.

He said, “We are delighted that our transformative work in Newham has been recognised by The Big Lottery Fund. With the second highest levels of unemployment in London, our services are becoming ever more vital and this funding will allow us to extend our services in the community.”

Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund, England Grant Making Director, said, “I’m really pleased to see that projects such as Caritas Anchor House will be bringing festive joy to people who are in need. This new funding will help homeless people in East London to gain education and employment.

"At the heart of the organisations receiving funding today is their ability to support communities, deliver positive changes and help so many people make a real difference to their lives.”


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


Caritas Anchor House is a homelessness charity, providing residential and life skills services for single homeless adults, and acts as a community empowerment hub in Newham, East London. The charity’s driving mission is to ensure that those who walk through their doors grow in confidence and move towards leading independent, self-fulfilling lives by providing education, guidance and personal rehabilitation. The charity is located in Canning Town, in the London Borough of Newham. Registered charity no: 1147794