Diversity and Inclusion
As England and Wales’ largest provider of housing and care for older people, Anchor Hanover 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.
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 Hanover 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 Hanover 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.
To read a blog by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, click here.
Anchor Hanover’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.
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.
An inclusive and welcoming environment for all
My name is Sean McCloskey and I am home manager at Nelson Lodge in Saint Neots. I am also co-chair of Anchor Hanover Rainbow network and passionate about inclusion.
Anchor Hanover 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.
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