Diversity and inclusion
As England's largest provider of specialist housing and care for people in later life, 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.
We aim to make diversity and inclusion an everyday reality for our residents and colleagues. We do this in a number of ways, including:
- Engaging with all individuals in an inclusive manner and ensuring 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 a range of active resident and colleague groups for those who have an interest and passion in diversity and inclusion. These include our open Resident Inclusion Community group, LGBT+ Resident Group, as well as our emBRACE, LGBT+, Disabled and Inclusive Ambassador colleague networks for underrepresented groups and individuals within the organisation. These groups, 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.
As an organisation we also provide opportunities for colleagues and residents to mark, discuss and celebrate a whole host of national events, days and weeks throughout the year ensuring diversity and inclusion is part of our everyday conversations, and share news and information about this activity publically to highlight this approach to new people considering joining us.
Our accreditations and memberships that celebrate diversity and support us all
Anchor’s LGBT+ Resident Group
The LGBT+ Resident Advisory Group was created to work with Anchor on improving the lives of LGBT+ people across Anchor housing locations and care homes. Find out more.
Find out about the different ways residents can get involved in shaping policies and improving the performance of services provided across Anchor.
Language support service
Anchor 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.
Read more about diversity and inclusion at Anchor
The Platinum Pound report finds UK economy loses £6.6 billion a year from drop in later life employment
A new report by Demos, supported by Anchor, reveals the UK economy could unlock £6.6bn a year by returning to pre-pandemic later life workforce levels, by making staying in work more inclusive.