Canning Town charity shortlisted for three awards for helping homeless

A charity that supports more than 200 homeless and vulnerable people every year is in the running for no less than three awards.

Caritas Anchor House has been longlisted in the first stage of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) awards as a project displaying innovation and effectiveness in addressing the root causes of poverty, turning lives around and reversing social breakdown.

The Charity Times Awards 2014 have also shortlisted the charity in two categories: Social Champion, for which the charity was runner up and highly commended in 2013, and Big Society.

The Social Champion accolade recognises organisations that have consistently delivered an outstanding service to their end-beneficiaries, and while Caritas Anchor House is a relatively small charity, it has been nominated for the Big Society Award for its services promoting better living and social cohesion.

Keith Fernett, director of the Canning Town charity, said: “We’re thrilled to be shortlisted for these awards. It’s a credit to our achievements and recognises the hard work of all our staff, and the determination of our residents, who make Caritas Anchor House what it is.

“Over the past few years, our charity has evolved dramatically and we are now able to support people from all walks of life, including those dealing with alcohol and substance misuse, mental health problems, domestic violence and a history of offending.

“Being shortlisted for these awards recognises our efforts to improve and expand our services, which are now accessed by over 200 residents and 15,000 members of community each year.”

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