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Caritas Anchor House

Formerly a seaman’s mission, Anchor House was established in 1962 by the Catholic London Inter-Diocesan Council of the Apostleship of the Sea.


The original purpose was to provide temporary accommodation to out-of-work seafarers coming into and out of the nearby ports.

London's industrial landscape began to change, and the 1960's saw the demise of the London Docks. Whilst Anchor House continued to act as a refuge for seamen, it gradually fell into disrepair, as did Canning Town. Anchor House then began operating as a residential centre for homeless people, but by 2004, it was on the brink of being shut down. New management was appointed and the charity has now transformed into a flagship project, providing residential and life skills services to over 220 single homeless adults each year.

In January 2014, the name changed from Anchor House to Caritas Anchor House. This was part of a planned move towards becoming a community focused centre of excellence and innovation, and whilst they remain in essence the same organisation, the addition of Caritas to our name is a reflection that, while an independent charity, they are a part of a wider national and international network of charities who share the same vision and principles.

The word Caritas means Christian love and charity, but despite being a Catholic charity, Caritas Anchor House provide services to people regardless of race, creed, religion or ethnicity. 

Catalyst in Communities

Catalyst in Communities is an ethical not for profit social enterprise based in London, but working globally... CIC believe all sections of the Community have a voice and it is their role to help make sure that voice is heard! Through a wide range of projects and training provision, CIC has developed an outstanding international reputation for powerful, transformative workshops that enable participants to find solutions to their own challenges.  


Stretch facilitates confidence and life-skills through the creative arts, access to culture and new technology. Stretch delivers a variety of innovative and bespoke projects, enhancing the rehabilitation and education of marginalized communities. We strongly believe in the benefits of cultural education in engaging into society those that have suffered social exclusion and fallen through the welfare net.

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