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Sara Flay


Leighton Morris

About Us

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Inclusion is not a new phenomenon. Its origins may be traced back to the early 1900s and the welfare pioneers. That means that for over 120 years we have been talking about and trying to achieve a society where everyone is included. Diversity and Equality however, are slightly newer concepts being introduced between the 1940s and 60s, that in some ways have proven more divisive than inclusive.  

We have seen the evolution of the protected characteristics and now we have identified 9 key areas that should be recognised due to the risk that in everyday life they can face discrimination. The creation of the Equality Act in 2010 has put inclusion right at the fore of not just business but every part of our lives but how do we ensure true inclusion happens for everyone? 

We have to look at the intersectional bigger picture. Gone are the days of one key characteristic being highlighted over another. We are all more than one characteristic and so every aspect of society and our lives have to now reflect this move towards inclusion meaning everyone. The ANI Group is looking to make this a more joined up and thought-out process for us all.


The ANI Group exists to:

  • Bring together everything that is positive within the sector  

  • To ensure an intersectional approach to inclusion, equality and diversity 

  • To deliver inclusion from concept to actualisation  





In partnership with our charitable organisation Legacy in the Community and other grass roots inclusion related groups, we are driven to ensure that no one is marginalised within their communities.


We do this by: 

  • Identifying the barriers people face 

  • Hearing the voice of people directly  

  • Creating partnerships and projects that meet those needs  

  • Ensuring that real change replaces tick boxes and data only approach 



At heart of what we do, is partnership. When our founders started working in the sector they faced barrier after barrier from silo working organisations and vowed to never work in this way but to open collaborative opportunity to anyone who shared the same vision.


We do this by: 

  • Connecting business with CSR strategies and budgets to great community projects who need their knowledge, time and resources 

  • Combining our expertise to apply for pots of funding that deliver impact within our communities  

  • Facilitate meaningful conversations in order to deliver value across our sector 






Ultimately the goal is to ensure that no one is left behind in the inclusion conversation. Working together as one is a longer-term approach.  

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