CRASH and VolkerFitzpatrick provide transformational help for London homelessness charity

CRASH and VolkerFitzpatrick provide transformational help for London homelessness charity

Caritas Anchor House (CAH) is a homelessness charity based in the London Borough of Newham. CAH is a beacon of hope in the community and helps over 200 people a year turn their lives around.

The charity is proud to be more than just a roof over the heads of the 140 people who call CAH home. By providing tailored guidance and personal rehabilitation, along with education, employment and community building opportunities, CAH ensures that their residents can grow in confidence and move towards leading independent, self-fulfilling lives.


James McNicholas, Trusts Manager at Caritas Anchor House explained that their large 169 square metre ground floor lounge and social space was no longer fit for purpose: “The building has been in use since 1963 and parts have fallen into a state of disrepair. The lounge is the heart of the building, it’s the only communal area and an essential space available for use by any of the 140 residents that we have at any one time”.


CRASH Corporate Patron VolkerFitzpatrick came to the rescue and led this major transformational project, with fellow Corporate Patrons A-Plant, Arcadis, Areen Design, Dulux Trade, Imtech and Knauf working together to completely transform the space. Many supporting companies also contributed their emergency lighting, fire alarm, CCTV and small power). This was then followed by redecoration throughout and the supply of new furnishings to not only create a fresh and inspiring new environment but also to zone the space.


Cathy, who lives at Caritas Anchor House, explained that she had been living on the street before she was given a room of her own and couldn’t believe how lovely the new space is. Cathy said she planned to take some photos for her son because she felt so proud that this is her home.

Amanda Dubarry, Chief Executive at Caritas Anchor House said:

“What a fantastic transformation – it is hard to remember what the lounge even looked like before. I hope this place truly does raise the spirits of the people staying here. This is a great project to highlight what CRASH and their patrons can do when they come together, adding true social value!”.

Becky Holt, CRASH Marketing and Communications Manager said:

“What a transformation! This project is a superb example of what can be achieved when the industry comes together through CRASH and makes a significant social impact. Huge thanks to CRASH Patron VolkerFitzpatrick for leading the project and to all Patrons and supporters involved”.

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