Diversity and Inclusion

We value diversity and celebrate all of our colleagues and residents

We’re striving to create a fully inclusive workplace and our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) policy and work is supported by our EDI sponsor and Chief Executive, Sarah Jones. 

There are lots of resources here which help promote inclusion, encourage diversity and provide support to colleagues, whatever their role.

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Networks
We’re proud to have been named an Inclusive Employer, and our D&I colleague networks – supporting various protected characteristics – play an important part in ensuring we are an inclusive workforce which values diversity.

All of our colleague D&I networks are colleague-led and aim to offer advice to the business and support to colleagues.

Our networks are:

Why join a network?
Our network members say that being involved in the networks provides them with many opportunities, including:

  • Peer support
  • Networking with those who share similar lived experience as
  • Celebrating difference with awareness days
  • Feeling valued and heard by the organisation
  • Getting involved with important activities such as policy review and e-Learning development
  • Getting face time with senior leaders
  • Helping to shape new initiatives
  • D&I Conference Day during National Inclusion Week
  • Access to external webinars and events.

There’s more information, D&I news and activities in our Everyone is Welcome group on Workplace

Ethnicity Language Guide
The language we use is important to make sure we are respectful to our colleagues and residents. Here’s a useful guide for the language we use at Anchor when talking about race and ethnicity.

Gender Pronouns Guidance
It’s important that trans and non-binary colleagues are referred to with the correct pronouns. This guide will help you to understand gender pronouns and how we use them.

Colleague Support Plan
We’re keen to ensure all colleagues are supported in the workplace. The support plan is an optional tool to support open and honest conversations between colleagues and line managers, about health conditions or disabilities a colleague may be living with.

Religion and Belief in the Workplace
Religion and belief play an integral part in the lives of many people around the world. Acknowledging and accepting the importance of religion and philosophical beliefs (or the absence of beliefs) is therefore a key element of an inclusive workplace.

Inclusive Employers explain more about this in their best practice guide.

Additional Support
All colleagues are welcome to use the Colleague Advice Line but we appreciate some may feel more comfortable using services dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community – like these: 

  • Black Beetle Health –  health and wellbeing resources for people who identify as LGBTQ+ and belong to an ethnicity other than White British
  • Galop – Support for LGBTQ+ people who have experienced abuse and violence
  • MindOut– Offering mental health services to LGBTQ+ people, including a live chat function
  • Switchboard – A listening and signposting service for LGBTQ+ people by phone, email, or instant messaging
  • VODA – an app for self-guided therapy programmes designed by and for LGBTQIA+ people.