Caritas Anchor House

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East London homeless charity calls for action on World Homeless Day

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East London homeless charity calls for action on World Homeless Day

2nd October 2015
East London charity Caritas Anchor House is hosting a reception in the House of Lords this World Homeless Day, to encourage society to support the homeless charities working to make a difference.

World Homeless Day occurs on 10th October each year, and aims to draw attention to the needs of the estimated 100 million people globally who are without a place to live.

In London, homelessness is dramatically increasing, and last year alone 7,581 people slept rough - marking a 16% rise on the previous year, and more than double the 3,673 recorded five years ago. Recent figures have also shown another rise in households living in temporary accommodation, and as of June 2015 the number stood at 66,980.

Caritas Anchor House, a residential and lifeskills centre in Newham, provides a home and support to over 230 people each year, many of whom have complex needs relating to substance misuse, mental health, domestic abuse and offending. By hosting a World Homeless Day reception, which is to be attended by 250 high profile and influential individuals, Caritas Anchor House hopes to encourage people to tackle this global issue on a local level, and help stop the escalating levels of homelessness.

The lunchtime event, sponsored by The Global Noticeboard, will be held on Thursday 08 October 2015 and will see speakers Field Marshal Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, Dr Muhammad Bari, The Rt Hon Lord Gus O’Donnell, The Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP and Mgr John Armitage discuss the vital work of Caritas Anchor House, the importance of working together to eradicate homelessness and the challenges we face in doing so. Guests at the event will also be able to meet with the frontline staff of Caritas Anchor House and the residents that call it home.

“Homelessness and those experiencing it are so often overlooked by society, but as the figures continues to rise in London and globally, this issue cannot be ignored anymore,” said Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House.

“In holding our World Homeless Day reception, we hope to raise awareness of this issue and encourage people to do more. It is only through working together as a community that we can hope to put an end to homelessness, and I am heartened to see that so many people from different community groups will be making the reception.”


Press are invited to the event. To attend, or for media enquiries, please contact:
Jazmine Sandison | Marketing and Communications | 020 7476 6062


Caritas Anchor House is a residential and life skills centre addressing the root causes of homelessness – including poor education, drug or alcohol misuse, mental health problems, domestic abuse or offending. Their 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. Registered charity no: 1147794

The Global Noticeboard (GNB) is humanitarian social networking platform, aiming to tackle social exclusion. Everything that happens on the GNB website in one way or another contributes to our mission to help make the world a better place. Their initial focus will be to strive to eradicate homelessness, which no one should experience in this day and age, and is the reason why they have decided to sponsoring World Homeless Day at the House of Lords.