Illuminate and Anchor Hanover join forces to support staff mental wellbeing

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As Mental Health Awareness Week begins today, Cambridgeshire mental health charity Illuminate announces it has been appointed by Anchor Hanover, England’s largest not for profit provider of care and housing for people in later life, to provide specialised mental wellbeing coaching and training for managers in a new programme to support them and their teams.

This support is being offered to 106 managers across the organisation and builds on services Anchor Hanover already provides to help support employee wellbeing and mental health. The care and housing provider has a Colleague Advice Line and a Health Assured website which staff can access to support their physical and mental health. By partnering with Illuminate they continue to acknowledge the importance of recognising and valuing mental wellbeing.

Sam Greenley, Illuminate’s co-founder said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to support Anchor Hanover’s managers with their own mental wellbeing and to help them develop the skills to manage the mental health of their teams.”

Sam Leonard-Rawlings, Head of Organisational Development, Anchor Hanover said: “This is a great partnership with Illuminate. We have similar aims and common thinking about the importance of maintaining good mental health in the workplace. Our amazing people are the cornerstone of Anchor Hanover, working tirelessly to improve the lives of older people. It has been a hugely challenging year for all of us and we know the impact that has had.  By working with a specialist charity we want make sure our workforce are given the support and tools they need to maintain good mental health.”

“At the same time, as supporting their people, by choosing us as a charity, rather than a commercial partner, Anchor Hanover allows us to do more in our community - all the profits generated go straight into achieving our mission to improve mental health and reduce stigma.”  Maria Varallo, Illuminate co-founder, added.

Even before the current crisis, research by Deloitte in January 2020 put the cost of poor mental health to UK employers (from sickness absence, reduced productivity and staff turnover) at £45 billion a year, or around, 5.8% of average salary.

About Anchor Hanover

Anchor Hanover began more than 50 years ago and today is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for people in later life.  It provides retirement housing to rent and to buy, retirement villages and residential care homes, including specialist dementia care. In total, Anchor Hanover serves more than 65,000 residents in 54,000 homes across almost 1,700 locations. Its residential care services employ the majority of the 9,000-strong workforce, providing services to residents at 114 care homes.  Anchor Hanover operates in more than 85% of local councils in England. For more information visit


Illuminate is a Cambridge not-for-profit organisation specialising in mental health and wellbeing and we do this through online coaching, talks and training including Mental Health First Aid to help people make positive changes.

We are locally grown and 100% independent working with people in the local and the business community in Cambridgeshire. Building on our experience and expertise of over twelve years, we work with businesses to strengthen the resilience of employees, help them them to reduce burn-out and poor mental health of their staff.

We are part of the solution to the growing mental health crisis.