Victim Support has ranked as the best not-for-profit employer for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people in the UK, according to gay rights charity Stonewall.

This is Victim Support’s seventh year of appearing in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index, and its second as part of the top 20, at number 13 in the list.

This is a fantastic achievement for Victim Support, which has outranked major international corporations and many other national charities to the top spot, including Barnardo’s and St Mungo’s, as well as being named as the third best overall LGBT-friendly employer in Wales.

Victim Support strives to be an inclusive organisation, with a dedicated LGBT network to give advice and support, as well as address any issues facing its staff and volunteers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans. The charity also has networks to address the needs of black minority ethnic and disabled staff and volunteers.

Lucy Hastings, Director and LGBT senior champion at Victim Support, said: “Reaching Stonewall’s top 15 employers in the Workplace Equality Index is a fantastic result for Victim Support and recognition of everything we do to make sure the charity has an inclusive workforce.

“Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of Victim Support to ensure that all victims of crime – regardless of, for example, their gender identity or sexual orientation – get the support and help they deserve following crime.

“Within the past 12 months we have provided staff training to promote awareness of LGBT issues and enhanced our policy and practice to support victims of hate crime among a range of other measures. We also continue to have a LGBT network to give advice and support, and address any issues facing our staff and volunteers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans.”

Take a look at Stonewall’s top 100 inclusive employers for 2016.