I am so pleased that after Care Minister, Norman Lamb, visited our supports the other day, he said we had greatly ‘impressed’ him with our innovative uStep model and that everyone had a responsibility to do more to help vulnerable adults still locked away from public view.
We provide specialist support for complex vulnerable adults, children and young people enabling them to live safely and more independently as an active part in their local community. Norman saw and experienced first hand this support as he met some of our consumers, staff and management to discuss our unique uStep model of health and specialised social care support and thankfully he saw just how it’s made significant impact on the lives of those we support as he talked with them about the significant changes uStep has helped bring about in their lives.
Afterwards he said that ubu had greatly impressed him, how we had achieved such positive outcomes for so many people, and said that more had to be done for those missing out on this kind of support and the chance of independent living with too many people are still not living in their own homes but are still locked away. Norman highlighted that the contrast between uStep and institutional care, which still exists for far too many is just enormous. It makes you realise what exactly is possible for people who have been locked away from public view. Taking his observations on board Norman regaled that there is an enormous responsibility on us all to make it happen and organisations such as ours are doing just that.
Mr. Lamb was keen to speak to as many ubu consumers as possible in their own homes to find out how their specialised support differed from other models, as he seeks best practice from providers around the UK. uStep has been developed and continues to advance as our determination continues to enable people to live more independent lives at the heart of their own communities. Guided by our specialist enablers, consumers set out their own goals, aspirations and are supported as they work towards achieving them. In a comparatively short period even those with the most complex needs begin to see significant changes to their lives and begin to enjoy a better quality of life thanks to initiatives put in place at the behest of our consumers.
There is no logic, political, medical nor social excuse good enough in 2014 to justify failing to support such vulnerable people by putting them away in institutions it is cruel beyond any comprehension and has to stop immediately, this hideous reality is that it even costs the government more to turn their backs on these vulnerable people.