The East Anglia Anchorage Trust was founded by Dr Peter Cutler & Ben Stone who felt that the sector needed a fresh, innovative and forward thinking approach which looks to provide young people with real incentives to have raised aspirations, confidence, self-esteem, employability and social inclusion.
We can achieve this by providing focussed projects around our core accommodation offer. Our accommodation has a clear pathway by working with carefully assessed partner landlords who can provide a wide range of good quality, affordable and ethical accommodation solutions in line with our own vision, ethos and purpose.
How can we do it?...
It is essential that we maintain our long term strategic vision in order to best provide for our young people and maintain a business like, long term sustainable model. We believe that by working with local, chosen landlords we can provide young people with support which really moves them forward and enables positive change, Many young people may be overcoming poor education attainment, family breakdown, domestic violence, homelessness, poor quality or unsafe accommodation or unaffordable accommodation. We are clear in our approach and provide clear incentives to increase skills and gain training and sustainable employment for the future which doesn't affect their ability to afford their accommodation. Landlords with whom we work with undertake an assessment to ensure they meet our ethos, values and vision.
By working with our key partners and employers, which we are incredibly proud of, the 'Housing First' model with support coming from the Trust and funded separately to rent payments this enables young people to plan for their future and not have to plan for high rent charges in the event of finding employment. We are very proud of the community heart to our organisation, and this alone has helped us with very rapid growth since March 2015. Our partner employers and agencies have provided incredible support such as sponsorship, donations and supported projects. This supports our very long term, visionary strategy moving forward. We believe that by being the link between landlord and tenant this will enable relationships to develop to create long term, sustainable tenancies and for our young people to develop the skills they need in order to move forward in their journey. We pride ourselves on being efficient with every penny our organisation receives and ensuring that every possible bit of this goes to the young people we are here to support via some innovative and unique projects and programmes. This in turn saves cost to the public purse, and young people to achieve the change they want for their future.
Why we are needed?...
We have a very clear purpose, vision and strategy for growth, future projects and the need of local young people to have a clear pathway of accommodation options which are affordable and achievable for them. We have a clear vision of ways to make ourselves sustainable and financially strong. We provide more long term opportunities to young people locally.
We are dedicated and committed to having business like efficiency whilst delivering projects and services of the highest quality with young people at the very heart of what we do and remaining cost effective, how we deliver services and the way we move forward. Our work will have clear focus, clear goals and outcomes for our young people who are socially excluded and disadvantaged. Our services will remain competitive, forward thinking and affordable for young people with a clear focus on them gaining long term, sustainable employment and becoming self-sustainable without the need for a reliance on state benefits. We will remain at the very heart of the community and encourage and promote members of our community to support us and promote the achievements of our young people. We will engage the business community, partners and young people in events and conferences.
We have an extremely ambitious business development strategy in order to become the market leader for delivering services to young people as we move forward in our own journey. This will be made possible by attracting the highest calibre board members, staff and volunteers which we will commit to develop.
As a new charity, we also undertake fundraising activities and events which contribute to the work we are able to undertake with our young people. This strengthens the need for us to be efficient and innovative with our income, business development strategies and competitive with the services which we provide. The projects we deliver alongside our core accommodation offer with our partner landlords will enable us to build on what the offer of our organisation is in the future.
All landlords we work with must undergo an assessment and induction to ensure that they understand and share our vision and purpose and that they are committed to developing the offer of the trust and ensure they will continue to provide good quality, affordable housing to our young people. We work with key, chosen partners to assist in delivery of services and also strive to look for joint funding and working opportunities to utilise different skills, expertise and areas of work for the benefit of our young people.
In our first year we...
We are dedicated to providing the highest quality services at the most efficient cost and ensuring all available funds are felt on front line delivery by young people and the local community. Our model will remain competitive and of huge social benefit to our funders, stakeholders, young people and local community. Our board have a vast array of experience, talents and expertise to ensure our strategy is delivering for our young people.
We plan to develop going forward...
The East Anglia Anchorage Trust strives to reach the highest possible standards in all we do and work with integrity to work with partners who are best to deliver the vision, the support that young people need and the overall East Anglia Anchorage Trust journey.
The East Anglia Anchorage Trust will continue to challenge the current accommodation options available to young people and strive to improve standards and affordability of accommodation locally. We are proud to work with good quality, ethical and socially aware landlords and with local employers and the business community to open the doors of opportunity to our young people,