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Meet Lynsey – Support Worker

Lynsey joined Affinity Trust in 2016. Just over a year later, she was shortlisted for the Support Worker Award in the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards.

Why did you join Affinity Trust?

At the awards ceremony

I’d been working for another support provider for 11 years, and wanted a change.

What does your work here involve?

I’m a support worker, responsible for five people at our service in Methley, near Leeds.

It’s a supported living service, where people live in their own homes, but need round-the-clock support, including personal care. I work in shifts, including some overnight sleep-ins. I also work now and then at some of our other services in Yorkshire.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy spending time with the people we support, trying out new activities with them, and making sure we never give up on them.

“Because of Lynsey, Thomas has been supported to live as independently as possible, given choices with his holidays, and to go swimming, which he loves” – Angela, Lynsey’s team leader

How have you supported people?

I helped one man I support to use a swimming pool. He has autism and non-verbal communication. We looked at different pools, and discussed his needs with the lifeguards, until we found the right one, which had shallow water, was the right temperature and had easy access. It’s a sensory experience for him. At first he would only dip his toe in the water, but now he stays there for 40 minutes at a time, and has the biggest smile on his face!

I’ve also put together scrapbooks for the people we support so they can show what they need, like and dislike. We regularly add pictures, so people can look back at their achievements and what they’ve enjoyed that month.

How has your job changed since joining Affinity Trust?

I started here as a senior support worker, but asked to become a support worker so I could spend more time working with the people we support.

How did you feel about being shortlisted for the Learning Disability and Autism Awards?

I was surprised to be shortlisted as I was really just doing my job. But it was nice to be recognised for what I do. Also terrifying – I don’t enjoy being in a room with lots of strangers – so in a way I was relieved not to have won on the night!

“If anyone represents our values, it’s Lynsey. She is extremely reliable, flexible and committed. She will always be there for the people we support, even if it means moving her days off to take them on trips they want to do” – one of Lynsey’s colleagues

 

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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: info@affinitytrust.org

Central England

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

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: infoeast@affinitytrust.org
Suffolk Office
Office 3, Wharfside House, Prentice Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1RD View Map
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Norfolk Office
Crome House, 231 St. Faiths Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR6 7AP View Map
T: 01603 400321 F: 01603 400771 E: infoeast@affinitytrust.org

Midlands

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

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: infonorth@affinitytrust.org
Sheffield Office
157-163 Sheffield Road, Killamarsh, Sheffield S21 1DY View Map
T: 0114 276 4980 E: infonorth@affinitytrust.org
Shipley Office
Unit 9 Parkview Court, St Paul's Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3DX View Map
T: 01274 533553 E: infonorth@affinitytrust.org

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: paultaylor@affinitytrust.org

Scotland

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

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: infosouth@affinitytrust.org
Oxford Office
Office 4, Hampden House, Monument Park, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire OX44 7RW View Map
T: 01865 893269 E: infosouth@affinitytrust.org
Somerset Office
Mendip Court, Bath Road, Wells, Somerset BA5 3DG View Map
T: 01749 605594 E: infosouth@affinitytrust.org

South East England

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

Specialist Support

Specialist Support
Head Office, 1 St Andrew's Court, Wellington Street, Thame View Map
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