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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 the moment, 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:

Greater Manchester
West Sussex

Contact us

Contact us

Head Office

Head Office
1 St Andrew's Court, Wellington Street, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3WT View Map
T: 01844 267800 F: 01844 267829 E:
Media enquiries to:
1 St. Andrew's Court, Wellington Street, Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3WT
T: 07553 264 975 E:

Central England

Central - Divisional Office
Rowan Room, Acacia Room, BT Room, Poplar Room and Office Ground floor, National Training Centre 3 Gilmour Close Leicester LE4 1EZ View Map
T: 0116 236 3793 F: 0345 643 7094 E:
For enquiries about Sheffield-based services
T: 07387 058 872 (9am-3.45pm Monday-Thursday only) 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:
Enquiries for Norfolk and Suffolk should be directed to the Divisional Office.

North England

North - Divisional Office
Unit 12, Curtis House Business Centre, Leeds, LS9 9LF View Map
T: 0113 468 4460 E:
Bradford District Office
Unit 9 Parkview Court, St Paul's Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3DZ View Map
T: 01274 533553 E:
West Midlands Office
Flat 7, Parry’s Court, Woodside Place, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 4AA View Map
T: 01543 578764

Positive Behaviour Support for children, young people and their families

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


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
87a Urquhart Road, Aberdeen, AB24 5ND 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 & South West

South - Divisional Office
Suites 53-55, Aldershot Enterprise Centre, Mandora House, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2PW View Map
T: 01252 311188 F: 01252 311170 E:
Somerset Office
Mendip Court, Bath Road, Wells, Somerset BA5 3DG View Map
T: 01749 605594 E:

South East, Bedford and Northamptonshire

South East - Divisional Office
Suite 2+3, Henwood Pavilion, Henwood, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8DH View Map
T: 01233 665324 E:

Specialist Support

Specialist Support
Head Office, 1 St Andrew's Court, Wellington Street, Thame View Map
T: 01844 267800 F: 01844 267049 E: