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Learning and development


Ensuring all Affinity Trust staff feel confident that they have the right skills for their roles is an essential part of providing a high-quality service to the people we support.

It is also important that  staff have the opportunity to develop and grow during their time with us.

As an accredited Investor in People, Affinity Trust ensures a fair, equitable and consistent approach to learning and development for all its staff.

Our learning and development offer includes bespoke classroom-based courses, hands-on workshops, coaching, distance learning, self-study and an interactive e-learning package. It can also include formal health and social care qualifications such as the Regulated Qualifications Framework and Scottish Vocational Qualification.

We provide a comprehensive Care Certificate induction programme for all support staff, including an in-service induction suitable for everyone’s job role and place of work.

As well as receiving sector-standard mandatory training, our staff can look forward to developing their skills in many specialist areas, including:


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tick smallPerson-centred planning


tick smallDementia care


tick smallMakaton or British Sign Language


“Training is brilliant; we are always kept up to date” – staff member, quoted in a 2017 Care Quality Commission report

If you are starting your career here as a manager or team leader, or if you are an aspiring leader, then you can further enhance your skills through our internal leadership programme ‘LEAD: Lead, Engage, Aspire and Develop’. Modules include:

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Inspirational leadership


tick smallPositive Behaviour Support


tick smallPositive Safeguarding Cultures


tick smallPositive Management Skills


Across the 2016/2017 financial year we collated training feedback (we had nearly 9,000 scores), and were delighted to see that the average rating overall was ‘Excellent’.

“I recently requested training on autism and positive behaviour support and this was provided. As a result this has changed my approach. I observe body language more and understand the importance of routine in a person’s life” – staff member, quoted in a 2017 Care Quality Commission report

It is the drive and dedication of our staff – backed up by our comprehensive learning and development programme – which ensures we remain focused on providing good outcomes for the people we support.

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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 - Southend Office
Suite 7, 1st Floor Chalkwell Lawns, 648-656 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex, SS0 9HR View Map
T: 01702 335980 F: 08456 437291
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 - Shipley Office
Unit 9 Parkview Court, St Paul's Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3DX View Map
T: 01274 533553 F: 08456 437361 E:
North - Sheffield Office
157-163 Sheffield Road, Killamarsh, Sheffield, S21 1DY View Map
T: 0114 276 4980 E:
North - Tameside Office
The Old Courthouse, Chapel Street, Dukinfield, Cheshire SK16 4DT View Map
T: 0161 711 0577 E:


Scotland - Divisional Office
37 George Street, Ayr, KA8 0AH View Map
T: 01292 292922 F: 08456 437822 E:
Scotland - Oban Office
First Floor, Glenshellach House, 7e Glengallan Road, Oban, PA34 4HG View Map
T: 01631 571311 F: 01631 566708 / 0872 111 4616 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 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 - Maidenhead Office
Unit 5, Maple Court, Grove Park Industrial Estate, Waltham Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3LW View Map
T: 01628 822359 E:
South - Portsmouth Office
Gatcombe House, Copnor Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5EJ View Map
T: 02392 666624 F: 02392 666624 E:
South - Oxford Office
Office 4, Hampden House, Monument Park, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire OX44 7RW View Map
T: 01865 893269 E:

Bradford Positive Behaviour Support Service

Positive Behaviour Support Service
5th Floor, Margaret McMillan Tower, Princes Way, Bradford BD1 1NN View Map
T: 07584 528751 E: