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Transforming Care

RuthAffinity Trust works in partnership with commissioners and health professionals, as well as individuals and family members, in support of NHS England’s Transforming Care agenda.

Transforming Care is about people with learning disabilities moving from hospital settings to live within their local community, as well as reducing unnecessary hospital admissions. Some individuals have spent years in hospital with many restrictions placed upon them and without the freedom to develop their skills and independence.

To ensure a smooth transition to a new life in the community for each individual, Affinity Trust has a values-based approach to providing enabling support. This has yielded great outcomes in changing the lives of many people for the better.  (Please Meet Ruth for an example)

To maximise a successful transition to supported living we:

  • Use a multi-agency partnership approach to provide person-centred support.

  • Provide support that encompasses our values, thus encouraging social inclusion and enhanced quality of life and discouraging the use of restrictive practices.

  • Use our in-house psychology team to provide proactive support for both individuals and their support teams.

  • Adopt a positive risk-taking approach which enables individuals to live a fulfilling life.

  • Increase the independence of the person supported and seek to reduce reliance upon paid support.

  • Source appropriate permanent housing for individuals, drawing on our expertise in this area and extensive relationships with registered housing providers.

  • Provide tailored living environments designed to meet individual needs and including the use of person-centred assistive technology.

We invest in staff training and involve people supported in choosing their support team so that staff are matched to their needs.

Training includes PROACT-SCIPr-UK® to ensure a consistent approach to Positive Behaviour Support. We actively chose to use PROACT-SCIPr-UK® for the strong emphasis it places on individual’s rights, using the least restrictive approach.


Affinity Trust enables 64% of the people we support to live in supported living, compared to the national average of 15% (DoH).


Step-through accommodation

Supported living is Affinity Trust’s preferred model of support. Our Transforming Care services provide both permanent as well as ‘step-through’ supported living accommodation within 4-6 self-contained flats. We have been providing step-through accommodation since 2007 and have recently increased our portfolio in response to Transforming Care, with investment from Affinity Trust and a grant from the Department of Health.

Our step-through accommodation enables the people we support to develop their skills and independence over a 6 month period and prepares them for a move to a permanent home. It offers the opportunity for detailed assessments of an individual’s communication skills, capacity, behaviours, mental health and wellbeing, skills, abilities and housing needs so that the next move to a long term home has the maximum opportunity of being successful.



We offer a flexible and solution focused approach to meet local needs, both for commissioners and for each individual. To discuss your requirements in more detail, please contact:

Lorraine Taylor, Head of Development


Contact us

Head Office

Head Office
1 St. Andrew's Court Wellington Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3WT View Map
T: 01844 267800 F: 01844 267049 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:
East Anglia - Divisional Office
Office 3, Wharfside House, Prentice Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1RD View Map
T: 01449 774030 F: 07715 062112 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 - 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 E:
East Anglia - Lowestoft Office
The Old Police Station, 2 Regent Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1PA View Map
T: 01449 774030 E:

East Midlands

Divisional Office
109 Boston Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, LE4 1AW View Map
T: 01162 363793 E:
West Bromwich Office
Wood Lane Community Centre, 157 Wood Lane, West Bromwich, B70 9PT View Map
T: 01215 533502 E:

North West

North West
The Old Courthouse, Chapel Street, Dukinfield, Cheshire, SK16 4DT View Map
T: 0161 711 0577 E:


Divisional Office
37 George Street, Ayr, KA8 0AH View Map
T: 01292 292922 F: 08456 437822 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:


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 East

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: 08456 437300 E:

West Midlands

Divisional Office
109 Boston Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, LE4 1AW View Map
T: 01162 363793 F: 08456 437094 E:
West Bromwich Office
Wood Lane Community Centre, 157 Wood Lane, West Bromwich, B70 9PT View Map
T: 01215 533502 E:

Yorkshire and Humber

Divisional Office
The Gatehouse, Curtis Buildings, Berking Avenue, Leeds LS9 9LF View Map
T: 0113 468 4460 F: 01132 421399 E:
Shipley Office
Unit 9 Parkview Court, St Paul's Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3DX View Map
T: 01274 533553 F: 08456 437361 E:
157-163 Sheffield Road, Killamarsh, Sheffield, S21 1DY View Map
T: 01142 764980 E: