England’s largest provider of housing with care, Anchor Hanover, is marking Black History Month 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.
The month will see Anchor Hanover celebrating colleagues who are actively involved in activities promoting cultural understanding and diversity. One of them is Pauline Codjoe (pictured), a location manager at Woodside Square in North London, who was born in Ghana.
Outside of her role at Anchor Hanover, Codjoe does a lot of community engagement work with the National Council of Ghanaian Unions, organising seminars, helping young people learn about their cultural history and liaising with both the UK and Ghanaian governments on policy-related issues.
She’s also involved with various organisations working to tackle issues in the wider community, such as human trafficking and domestic violence and is passionate about giving young people from minority ethnic backgrounds the best start in life.
To bring Black History Month to life for residents, Anchor Hanover has developed a resource pack for its care homes and housing locations, which will be shared across the country.
It will include key dates from black history in Britain, recipes, group discussion guides and themed quizzes.
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.
Robinson 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.”