Affinity Trust supports over 1,000 people with learning disabilities across England and Scotland, enabling them to live as independently as possible. We have a track record of supporting people with more complex needs including autism, mental health needs, and profound and multiple learning disabilities. Set up in 1991, we have grown steadily ever since. Behind this success is our belief that everyone with a learning disability has the right to an active and fulfilling life. Whether enabling people to live in their own homes, giving opportunities to enjoy community-based activities, or supporting people into work, we aim to ensure that those we support can live life to the full.
We support people with a range of needs, from those who need just a few hours a week to people who require round-the-clock support.Many of the people we support used to live in institutional settings, like hospitals. We have worked with them to improve their independence and quality of life.Supported living is our preferred model of support. We also deliver outreach, opportunities and residential services.We are regulated by the Care Quality Commission in England and the Care Inspectorate in Scotland.
Around two thirds of the people we support live in their own home. We call this supported living.
In this kind of support, the people we support may be tenants or property owners.
Depending on the needs of the individual, this support varies from a few hours a day to 24-hour support for people with complex needs.
Some of those living in their own home share support, while others have individual support. With supported living, people have greater choice over many aspects of their lives.
With supported living, the people we support:
usually choose who lives with them, who comes into their house, and who supports them
have more security of tenure
have their own keys
pay bills and buy their own food and other items
are supported to be good tenants
choose to shop and cook on their own or as a group
With supported living, the people we support live in their own home. Our staff don’t have an office or other dedicated space in the property, except where overnight sleep-ins are needed. In these and other ways, supported living is different from registered care.
We have helped many people move into their own home from hospitals or care homes. They have flourished with the change, and become more active in their local community.
We aim for everyone in supported living to follow their aspirations, develop their skills, find work if they want to, and be as independent and self-supporting as they can.
Supported living is our preferred approach as we believe it gives people more rights, choices and control.