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Supported living for young people

Through supported living, we can support young people aged 16+ to have their own tenancies and to develop fulfilling lives in their local communities.

Our support is person-centred, enabling each young person to grow and develop their skills and independence, ready for adulthood.

In particular, we can support young people who have learning disabilities, autism, behaviours that challenge or other complex needs to live safely and as independently as possible.

Supported living provides better outcomes for young people and maintains their relationships with family and friends.

We can support young people who have more complex and challenging needs that cannot currently be met by direct local authority provision.

Our expertise

Affinity Trust supports over 900 people with learning disabilities across England and Scotland, helping them live as independently as possible. We’ve been supporting people with learning disabilities for more than 25 years.

Supported living is our main model of support, with about two-thirds of those we support living in their own home.

Paul Taylor, our Head of Children’s Services Development, has extensive experience of developing and delivering a wide range of children’s services. Before joining us, Paul spent 32 years in the children and young people’s sector, and was a registered manager with both Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission.

Benefits of supported living for young people

Supported living allows young people to remain in or return to their own communities, close to family and friends, and able to continue using local facilities and services.

It allows young people to become more confident and independent, leading to greater self-esteem. We use Positive Behaviour Support to meet the needs of young people with behaviours that challenge, leading to better quality of life.

Supported living also helps young people meet a full range of other outcomes, including a more active social life, improved daily living skills, and access to education and employment.

Linking with our transition support, focused 1:1 and small group work with young people in supported living helps them fully prepare for adulthood, and move on to lower levels of support as and when the time is right.

Support model

We involve the young person and those who know them well in the design and delivery of their support, and place each young person at the centre of decision-making.

We use Person-Centred Active Support so that each individual is actively encouraged and enabled to take part in activities and is able to grow and develop their skills and independence.

Robust support plans are outcome-focused so that people progress to meet their short, medium and longer term goals. Young people benefit from a Key Worker who regularly reviews their support.

We adapt support to each young person’s daily activities, be that school, college, training or employment. We can provide additional support in the mornings, evenings and at weekends to enable each person to lead a full and varied life.

If needed, we can provide continuity of support to young people through to our adult provision.


We can source suitable properties for young people. We have strong relationships with registered providers that are experienced in providing housing for people with learning disabilities. Find out how we helped three young adults find a home.

We also have the option to buy properties ourselves, which can be useful when more bespoke environments are required.

Cost savings

Supported living also helps meet local authorities’ wishes to provide services locally, and is significantly better value for money than specialist out-of-area provision.

Contact us

To further discuss our support for young people, please contact Paul Taylor:

Mobile: 07341 478 228

Please note that, at present, we are best placed to support children and young people in the following areas, where we  already have a presence, or a place on a local authority framework:

West Sussex

Work for us

We’re recruiting for a specialist key worker to work with children and young people in Gloucestershire.

Contact us

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Head Office

Head Office
1 St. Andrew's Court Wellington Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3WT View Map
T: 01844 267800 F: 01844 267049 E:

Central England

Central - Divisional Office
109 Boston Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, LE4 1AW View Map
T: 0116 236 3793 F: 0345 643 7094 E:

East Anglia

East Anglia - Divisional Office
Office 3, Wharfside House, Prentice Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1RD View Map
T: 01449 774030 E:
East Anglia - Norfolk Office
Crome House, 231 St. Faiths Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR6 7AP View Map
T: 01603 400321 F: 01603 400771 E:
East Anglia - Lowestoft Office
The Old Police Station, 2 Regent Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1PA View Map
T: 01502 569986 E:

East England

East - Divisional Office
U18, South Fens Business Centre, Fenton Way, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, PE16 6TT View Map
T: 01354 696009 F: 08456 437521 E:
East - Luton Office
Unit 2B Bramingham Business Park, Enterprise Way, Luton, LU3 4BU View Map
T: 01582 584575 E:


Midlands - Divisional Office
Wood Lane Community Centre, 157 Wood Lane, West Bromwich, B70 9PT View Map
T: 0121 553 3502 E:

North England

North - Divisional Office
The Gatehouse, Curtis Buildings, Berking Avenue, Leeds LS9 9LF View Map
T: 0113 468 4460 F: 0113 242 1399 E:
North - Sheffield Office
157-163 Sheffield Road, Killamarsh, Sheffield S21 1DY View Map
T: 0114 276 4980 E:
North - Shipley office
Unit 9 Parkview Court, St Paul's Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3DX View Map
T: 01274 533553 E:

North West England

Shipley office
Unit 9 Parkview Court, St Paul's Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3DX View Map
T: 01274 533553


Scotland divisional office
62 Viewfield Road, Ayr KA8 8HH View Map
T: 01292 436030 E:
Oban office
First Floor, Glenshellach House, 7e Glengallan Road, Oban, PA34 4HG View Map
T: 01631 571311 F: 01631 566708 / 0872 111 4616 E:
Aberdeen office
Bon Accord House, Riverside Drive, Aberdeen AB11 7SL View Map
T: 01224 039264 E:
Isle of Bute office
18 East Princes Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 9DL View Map
T: 01700 500376 E:
Irvine office
Suites 2/1 and 2/2, Landek House, 44-46 Bank Street, Irvine KA12 0LP View Map
T: 01294 446600 E:

South England

South - Divisional Office
Suites 53-55, Aldershot Enterprise Centre, Mandora House, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2PW View Map
T: 01252 311188 F: 01252 311170 E:
South - Oxford Office
Office 4, Hampden House, Monument Park, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire OX44 7RW View Map
T: 01865 893269 E:

South East England

South East - Divisional Office
Suite 2+3, Henwood Pavilion, Henwood, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8DH View Map
T: 01233 665324 E:
South East - East Sussex Office
Units 31-32, Castleham Business Centre East, Stirling Road, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 9NP View Map
T: 01424 853390 F: 0845 643 7300 E:

South West England

South West - Divisional Office
Mendip Court, Bath Road, Wells, Somerset BA5 3DG View Map
T: 01749 605594 E:

Positive Behaviour Support for children, young people and their families

Positive Behaviour Support service
1 St. Andrew's Court Wellington Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3WT View Map
T: 07341 478228 E:

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