Diversity and Inclusion
As England and Wales’ largest provider of housing and care for older people, Anchor ensures that dignity and respect are central to the way we work, and that the unique contributions of our colleagues and residents are valued and celebrated.
Making diversity and inclusion an everyday reality
Below are some of the ways in which we aim to make diversity and inclusion an everyday reality for our residents and colleagues
- We engage with all individuals in an inclusive manner and ensure diversity is part of our everyday language and ways of working
- We are constantly working to ensure that our resources and services are accessible and appropriate to each individual or group with which we work
- We are committed to listening, consulting with different groups, and to learning from our past actions and experiences
- We strive to ensure our workforce reflects the communities in which we work to achieve a welcoming and empathetic environment
- Anchor aims to provide opportunities for all, where all colleagues are encouraged to develop their full potential
- We expect prospective and existing residents, contractors, consultants, colleagues and partners to respect our approach to diversity while working with us. One of our values is ‘Respect’, therefore we do not accept harassment or discrimination from any colleague, resident or third party.
- We are proud to have an LGBT+ resident group, as well as BAME, LGBT+, Disabled and Inclusive Ambassador colleague networks. These, along with the Diversity and Inclusion lead on the Resident Council, work closely with the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager and the wider organisation to celebrate diversity, address concerns, review policy and practice and act as allies to others.
- Anchor is a member of Inclusive Employers, a Stonewall Champion and a signatory to the Care Leaver Covenant.
- We contributed funding to the ‘No place like home’ research into the experiences of LGBT+ people living in social housing, which was commissioned by HouseProud. We are also an early adopter of the HouseProud Pledge scheme which was introduced as a result of this research.
To find out more about our LGBT+ resident group, click here.
Celebrating diversity and supporting you
Anchor's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Group
Our Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Trans (LGBT) Group aims to tackle concerns that moving into sheltered housing or a care home as an older LGBT+ person may be a lonely or isolating experience.
Anchor celebrates LGBT History month
February was LGBT+ History Month. The theme for this year’s activity was Poetry, Prose and Plays so to recognise this we held a writing competition for our colleagues and residents.
Language support service
Anchor Hanover utilizes the skills of our diverse workforce to provide a language support service to help improve communication with our customers who don’t speak English as a first language.
Celebrating Pride month 2021
Sarah Jones shares her excitement for Pride month this year, having just taken on the role of Executive Sponsor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at Anchor Hanover.
Celebrating Black History Month 2020
Anchor marked black History Month in 2020 by celebrating the accomplishments of colleagues and residents actively involved in activities promoting cultural understanding and diversity, and honouring the contributions of Black Britons across history.
The celebrations formed a part of the organisation’s ongoing commitment to diversity and reducing barriers to progression for Black, Asian and ethnic minority colleagues.
Promoting cultural understanding and diversity
Anchor celebrates Black History Month
This October we are marking Black History Month by celebrating accomplishments of colleagues and residents and honouring the contributions of Black Britons across history.
How diversity broadens our horizons - Richard's message this Black History Month
Location Manager Richard Kutu Acheampong talks about how Black History Month is a great opportunity for us all to take time to consider the importance of diversity.
Rose Court care home organises party for Black History Month
A care home in Rotherhithe will be organising a party to mark the contribution the black community has made to British society.
Waterside care home hosts party for Black History Month
Read about how Anchor’s Waterside care home orgnaised a party to mark the contribution the black community has made to British society.
National Inclusion Week 2020
Anchor continued to highlight the importance of inclusion in the workplace by taking part in National Inclusion Week for the fourth year.
Created by Inclusive Employers, National Inclusion Week, which ran from Monday 28 September to Sunday 4 October 2020, aims to promote inclusion in all its forms. This year’s theme was ‘Each one, reach one’ – a message focusing on the opportunities we have to connect with other people.
Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Manager, Ruth Petzold, and the four colleague EDI networks planned a full week of activities and shared experiences and stories that celebrate the diversity of colleagues and residents across the organisation.
Highlighting the importance of inclusion in the workplace
Supporting colleagues with disabilities - Robert's story
My name is Robert Fry and I am Scheme Manager at St Clements Court in Kettering. I have severe hearing loss in both ears and this National Inclusion Week I would like to share my experiences with you.
Anchor awarded ‘Bronze Status’ by Inclusive Employers
Anchor Hanover has been awarded ‘Bronze Status’ in the Inclusive Employers Standard, recognition of our firm commitment to inclusion in the workplace.
Providing excellent training for all - Meet Ben and Luke
During 2019 Anchor Hanover welcomed four young people with autistic spectrum conditions and other learning disabilities on internships. Ben Parkes and Luke Dent have now been offered permanent roles.
My personal gender and LGBTQ+ story
I have a lot of close friends and people I consider family who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, so days like International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia are close to my heart.
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