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International Women’s Day 2017

Affinity Trust supports many fantastic and unique women to live more independent lives. Meet a few of them below.



Anita is a positive person and, with the right support, is able to live an active life. We support her to attend college every week and so far she has completed courses in flower arranging and food preparation. She is looking forward to starting a music course shortly.

Anita does not use words to communicate, instead her support team has been trained in non-verbal communication, and also know Anita extremely well, so they can understand what she wants through her body language and facial expressions.

Read more about Anita.



Emily works at a shop close to her home, where she lives with two other people who have learning disabilities, Laurence and Jo. Emily also goes to college several times a week and enjoys her time there. With the support that she receives to live her own life, Emily is developing a wide range of transferable skills.

She says: “I enjoy working at the shop and I enjoy going to college too – I am doing things that I like doing.”

Read more about Emily.



One of Jo’s aspirations was to work with children. Her support team worked with her to find a local nursery where she could work. They supported her so Jo was equipped with some of the right skills to work within this setting. Jo started voluntary work at a nursery where she now works every Friday. She is a valued member of the nursery’s staff team and carries out a range of duties.

Jo says: “I feel like I know what I’m doing and I’m not shy anymore. I’m getting better at being able to do activities with the children.”

Read more about Jo.



Before Affinity Trust began supporting her, Mary lived in residential homes. Now, life is very different for her. The biggest change is that Mary now lives in her own home and is in charge of managing her own money, including paying her rent and bills.

Mary enjoys getting out and about. With the help of her support team, she can use to bus and likes to plan trips. Whether this is just going out for coffee, or visiting car boot sale, or going on a special day trip, Mary relishes her independence.

Mary says: “I love my home because I can come and go as I want. I make the choices.”

Read more about Mary.



For over a decade, Ruth lived in a hospital, which she found noisy and restrictive. In 2016, we supported her to move into her own flat. Life is very different for her now. Ruth loves being part of her local community. She has learnt to ride a bike, and through this, got to know the surrounding area. She recently went on holiday to Center Parcs where she drank her first ever glass of wine.

Ruth says: “I like going out on my bike. One of the support staff is my ‘bike buddy’ who goes with me. It is fun.”

Read more about Ruth.



Sonia has been visually impaired since birth. Although she cannot see very well, she senses everything that is going on around her through touch and smell. She has sometimes struggled to be understood and could become quite frustrated. Her support team ensured that Sonia was able to get her needs met and make more choices in her day to day life.

Lynette, Sonia’s sister, says: “Sonia seems to be settling in well and enjoys relaxing in her room.”

Read more about Sonia.



Winnie has an active life. She enjoys socialising with her friends, doing crafts, playing bingo, and going for walks. She also enjoys the time she  spends with her support team. She is very happy with the support she gets from Affinity Trust. Lorraine, one of Winnie’s support workers, describes Winnie as being “fiercely independent”, and Lorraine believes that taking independence away from Winnie by doing everything for her would ‘take away a part of Winnie herself’.

Winnie says: “I love them [support staff] to bits, the whole lot of them. They make me feel secure.”

Read more about Winnie.

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