Older woman sat reading outside with an Anchor carer

For 50 years, Anchor has been leading the way on services for older people.


We started life in 1968 as Help the Aged (Oxford) Housing Association. And we have been innovating and raising standards so elderly people get the best out of life ever since.

Our first retirement housing schemes were opened in 1970. We adopted the name Anchor in 1975 and opened our first care home seven years later.

Anchor's multi award-winning Denham Garden Village – our largest development of retirement properties to date – opened in 2004.

Three years later, three schemes offering retirement properties for rent with care services were built as part of a 25-year contract with Coventry City Council. The contract includes two care homes offering dementia care.

West Hall, our ground-breaking care home in West Byfleet in Surrey, opened in 2012. In the same year it won the Best Interior Dementia Design category at the National Dementia Care Awards 2012.

We’re continuing to invest in our existing properties and to develop new ones. We have an ambitious growth strategy and clear vision for the future, since April 2015 we have opened a series of new developments including seven contemporary care homes, three developments of luxurious independent retirement living apartments and two state-of-the-art retirement villages.

Today, Anchor has more than 40,000 customers and more than 8,500 staff working in more than 1,000 locations around England.

You can find out more about Anchor's plans for the future on our new developments page.