29 March 2021
Anchor Hanover signs up to Disability Confident Scheme
Anchor Hanover, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of specialist housing and care for people in later life, have joined the Disability Confident 2021 scheme.
The scheme supports businesses and organisations make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace. Helping to attract, acquire and retain high quality staff living with disabilities.
Anchor Hanover has an active strategy that celebrates diversity and inclusion. It works with residents and colleagues to ensure inclusion is part of their everyday approach.
The housing and care provider is a member of Inclusive Employers, that supports organisations to assess progress with their inclusion journey. A signatory to the Care Leaver’s Covenant, a promise made by private, public or voluntary organisations to provide support for care leavers aged 16-25 to help them to live independently and a member of The HouseProud Pledge scheme, a scheme that all housing providers can to sign up to, to demonstrate their commitment to LGBTQ+ resident equality and support.
By joining the Disability Confident scheme, it builds on Anchor Hanover’s aims to provide opportunities for all. The housing and care provider have a Disability Network, along with LGBT+, race and ethnicity and Inclusive Ambassador networks who work alongside Anchor Hanover’s Ethnicity, Diversity and Inclusion Manager to raise awareness, celebrate success and helps to identify solutions to challenges faced by colleagues living with disabilities.
Chris Munday, Managing Director of Housing Operations for Anchor Hanover and Executive Sponsor of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion said:
We are committed to valuing diversity and ensuring we offer more opportunities for our colleagues. Looking at how we attract and retain colleagues living with disabilities plays an important part in delivering this. By signing up to Disability Confident it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to ensuring an inclusive workplace for colleagues and those seeking employment with us who are living with a disability.
Whilst we are proud of the level of support already available to colleagues in Anchor Hanover, we know there is always room for improvement. Our hope is that Disability Confident will help ensure we are recruiting great people from the widest possible pool of talent, including the 7.7m working age people living with a disability in the UK1.
Alex Byers, Estate Manager and co-chair of the Disability Network says:
I am delighted that Anchor Hanover is now recognised as a Disability Confident Employer. This is a really positive move and shows the organisation wants to help and support disabled applicants in the recruitment process and disabled colleagues in the workplace.
Visit https://www.anchorhanover.org.uk/news-events-blogs/blogs/supporting-colleagues-disabilities-roberts-story to find out more about support offered to colleagues with disabilities.
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