Our staff are our biggest asset. We want to make sure that we have a happy and motivated workforce.

As a responsible employer we take our obligations very seriously. Businesses that are committed to having a diverse workforce recognise the importance of building an inclusive organisation whose products and services are as diverse as the people who use them. By valuing differences in the experience, culture and background of our staff we can encourage new ideas and perspectives and deliver better services. Good equality practices can also provide an environment where people from different backgrounds and circumstances can work together, develop positive relationships, and learn and develop mutual understanding and appreciation.

At Sanctuary we maintain a culture where diversity is valued and create an environment where there is fair access to work and development opportunities for all existing and future members of staff.

The benefits for encouraging diversity in the workplace are clear:

  •     greater access to a wider range of individual strengths, experiences and perspectives
  •     a greater understanding of the diverse groups of potential and existing customers represented within the workforce
  •     better communication with diverse groups of potential and existing customers
  •     improved legitimacy and organisational reputation across a wider stakeholder audience.

For further information: View our Fairness for all equality scheme 2015-2018 (PDF 2MB).

As part of our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and achieving sexual orientation and gender identity equality in the workplace, Sanctuary is a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme, a best practice employers forum with over 750 members. The Programme provides opportunities to enhance employee engagement, improve processes and procedures, and access new pools of talent through targeted recruitment.

Sanctuary Group are also proud to be registered as a Disability Confident employer; we recognise that many disabled people will have the skills, talents and experience that we are looking for and we will work to ensure that we identify the right people to join us and provide support to help everyone succeed.

In addition we have forged relationships with Shaw Trust, a national charity working to create bright futures by supporting over 50,000 people a year to live independent and inclusive lives. Working alongside Shaw Trust we are supporting people who are long term unemployed, have physical/learning disabilities or long term health conditions back into work.

Sanctuary recognises that all staff have a role to play in creating an inclusive culture for colleagues and the Programme will assist Sanctuary in ensuring that this approach is embedded across all of the Group’s operations.