Affinity trust makes it easy for the people we support to share their lives with those who are important to them.
We work closely with the people we support and their relatives and carers to facilitate the contact that they want, whether this is by daily visits or by more infrequent visits, trips away together, phone calls, emails, or interaction on social media.
Parents are often worried when their son or daughter leaves home for the first time or if they have a change of support provider. Affinity Trust has a good track record of paying attention to detail and ensuring that this goes smoothly, making it a positive experience for all.
Our support teams have open communications with parents and carers. Any concerns are answered or resolved through this inclusive relationship that we develop with both the people we support and their families. If parents and carers still have concerns, we often help to put them in contact with other parents who can help to ease any remaining worries.
Affinity Trust ensures that parents and carers understand the support that is being provided and the positive behaviour support model that we follow.
Lisa’s son, Dexter, needs complex support and round-the-clock care. Lisa herself was a single mother for many years and had cared for her son for most of his life. She had great anxiety about Dexter living independently, since the support he had received while he was at college had left them both disappointed and unhappy.
Affinity Trust listened to both Dexter and Lisa’s concerns and set out to provide the right kind of support for them both. Dexter moved into a bungalow with two friends, who also need support, and is now able to take part fully in activities that he was never able to do before. With the support of Affinity Trust, he has made positive progress. He communicates more, enjoys the activities he gets to take part in, and for the first time is not underweight.
At first, Lisa had reservations about Dexter living away from her. She would visit every day and often brought him home. However, she soon realised that Dexter was happier in his own home. She said: “Dexter made it clear that he’d rather be at his home, not with the family! He does so many interesting things now.”
“I don’t need to be near him at all times, I am totally confident in his care, that the support staff understands him and that he will be happy. So much so, that I have been able to visit relatives in Australia for the first time in 25 years.”
Meet Jack and Laraine
Jack and Laraine’s son – Robert – started being supported by Affinity Trust in 2012. Initially, they were concerned about the move and what it would mean for him. Not only did Jack and Larraine have regular discussions with Affinity Trust, but they were able to talk to parents whose son or daughter was supported by Affinity Trust. This channel of communication allowed them to express their worries about Robert and to ask the questions they wanted to.
With all their concerns answered, Jack and Laraine felt confident that Robert was in safe hands and went through with the move. Now they regularly attend parent and carer forums and have an open communication with Robert’s support team. They are happy with the support that Robert is receiving.
Jack said: “I cannot quite put my finger on just why – but since Affinity Trust has been supporting Robert, he has become a happier person and it has been a positive experience for us all.”