Caritas Anchor House

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Homeless residents shine at awards ceremony

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Homeless residents shine at awards ceremony

17th March 2014
The Caritas Anchor House Awards Ceremony was celebrated in style on Thursday 13th March.

Once a year, the Canning Town homeless charity holds this event to recognise the hard work and achievements of its residents and staff.

Guests were treated to stunning performances from St Angela’s and St Bonaventure’s Sixth Form choir, double act Two Different Roads and staff member Femi and his band. 

Resident Lee also gave a poetry recital, which was especially moving as Lee was illiterate before coming to Caritas Anchor House. She thanked her Lifestyle Architects James and Eve for all their support and gave a special mention to her mentor from Clifford Chance, Corina Foster, who has been helping her learn to read.

The awards were presented by Director Keith Fernett and Monsignor John Armitage, Chair of Trustees. Keith praised the achievements of all the residents over the past year, and was delighted to present 40 residents with certificates for their hours spent volunteering, with special awards going to Sammy, Francis, Elzbieta, Rahel, Alan, Robert and David, who have been especially active in the volunteering programme.

Lee won the award for Most Inspirational Resident for her active role with the Education, Training and Employment Department and her commitment to improving her literacy this year and Best Contribution to Caritas Anchor House went to Josephine. Josephine undertook the role of Recovery Café Manager this year, cooking healthy meals for the Café every week and supporting the various events that have taken place. 

Khulisa were named as Best Community Partner, with Robin Lockhart collecting the award on behalf of the organisation. Khulisa works with offenders and those at-risk of crime and have been delivering Face It training to Caritas Anchor House residents. Monsignor John Armitage closed the ceremony, congratulating all the winners and reflecting on the achievements of the charity over the past year. He spoke of how far the charity has progressed since its beginnings as a seaman’s mission, and emphasized the important of continuing to act as a community.

“I’m extremely proud to be able to celebrate so many achievements by our residents,” said Director Keith Fernett. “These awards have really made it clear how much they do on a daily basis and we really want that to be recognised. The fact that some residents have done over 1000 hours worth of volunteering, for example, is truly astonishing and we’re very proud.”

To find out more about the charity and what they do, please visit their website at Alternatively, if you would like to make a donation towards their work, please send a cheque payable to Caritas Anchor House to 81 Barking Road, London, E16 4HB.


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


Caritas Anchor House is a nationally acclaimed flagship project addressing the root causes of homelessness – such as poor education, substance misuse, mental health problems, domestic violence or a history of offending – and create sustainable solutions that ensure the people we help will never find themselves in that situation again.

It is a registered charity providing accommodation for up to 220 single homeless people each year aged 19 to 65. It gives so much more than just a roof over their heads and provides a wide range of accredited vocational training courses in construction, electrical, plumbing and distance learning for both residents and the local community. In practical terms, this means not only giving our residents the skills and confidence they need to rebuild their lives and move on to independent living, but also serving the community as a whole. 

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


Monsignor John Armitage and resident Lee

Monsignor John Armitage with Lee, winner of Most Inspirational Resident

Monsignor John Armitage and Robin Lockhart

Monsignor John Armitage with Robin Lockhart from Khulisa, winner of Best Community Partner


The awards