England’s largest not for profit provider of care and housing for older people, Anchor Hanover, is marking Black History Month in October by celebrating the accomplishments of colleagues and residents and honouring the contributions of Black Britons across history.
The celebrations form a part of the organisation’s ongoing commitment to diversity and reducing barriers to progression for Black, Asian and ethnic minority colleagues.
To bring Black History Month to life for residents, Anchor Hanover has developed a dedicated resource pack for its care homes and housing locations, which will be shared across the country. From timelines with key dates from black history of Britain, to recipe books, the famous Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I have a dream’ speech, group discussion guides and themed quizzes, the pack will support meaningful activity and celebrate Black History Month through a range of different activities.
Anchor Hanover’s commitment to diversity and inclusion also includes a reverse mentoring programme whereby colleagues of BAME heritage partner with senior management to foster deeper understanding of experiences and challenges faced by people from BAME communities.
Internal Recruiter and Co-chair of Anchor Hanover’s BAME Network, Teagan Robinson, is mentoring Anchor Hanover CEO Jane Ashcroft under the programme.
Teagan (pictured) said: “It’s so important that organisations celebrate Black History Month and use this opportunity to raise awareness of black history and culture – for many people, it can be a first step to embrace and celebrate diversity and difference all year round.
“With the current landscape, it’s vital that we’re having open and honest conversations about diversity and inclusion. A lot has been achieved at Anchor Hanover already, and it’s great that we continue in our commitment to understanding and creating an inclusive environment for all colleagues.”
Anchor Hanover was last week awarded ‘Bronze Status’ in the Inclusive Employers Standard.