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Local charity ‘Highly Commended’ at prestigious awards ceremony

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Local charity ‘Highly Commended’ at prestigious awards ceremony

18th October 2013
Anchor House, an East End homeless charity, was Highly Commended as a ‘Social Champion’ at the Charity Times Awards 2013 this week.

Hosted by comedian Marcus Brigstocke, the awards were held at the prestigious Lancaster London hotel and saw over 150 charities gather together to honour and acknowledge the outstanding work done in the third sector.

Competition was fierce, and nominees for the Social Champion award had to show evidence of delivering outstanding service to end-beneficiaries, promoting and raising their cause, being clear in their social changing goals and demonstrating all round excellence.

Anchor House was shortlisted for its work to combat the root causes of homelessness in an area of high deprivation, and its efforts to empower not only its residents, but also local community members.

Described as a charity ‘exploring new paradigms of service delivery, achieving ground-breaking results, and contributing to the intellectual debate about the future of service delivery’, Anchor House was one of five finalists for the distinguished award. 

“We are extremely proud to have been nominated as Social Champion and are delighted to receive this recognition for all the work we do here. We’ve always been proud to be a high achieving organisation and this is a testament to that,” said Director, Keith Fernett. “We’d also like to say congratulations to Big Issue Invest on their win, and we look forward to next year.”

The commendation as Social Champion is the latest in a proud history of accolades for Anchor House, which has previously been recognised as a National Centre of Educational Excellence, with national awards for Best Use of Technology, Resident Involvement, Community Involvement and commendations for Financial Management Charity Principal of the Year.


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 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.


Anchor House staff with the Charity Times' Social Champion award

Anchor House staff with the Charity Times “Highly Commended” Social Champion Award