Katie's Diary

An Artists Inspiration

10th July 2014

Our new uStep support model in St Anne’s is set to become an artist’s inspiration, if one of the first residents gets her way.

Ayla Shearer is a talented artists who was at this week’s opening of the uStep support where she will be joined by nine others very soon.

“I am delighted to be moving here because I am convinced it will provide me with the opportunity to springboard my confidence, give me a sense of wellbeing and allow me to do the things I really want to do.

“I am an artist that paints and does sculpture.  I have been keen to get to work but I feel that with ubu supporting me I will feel more confident about socialising, organising myself better and developing the things I really want to do,” she said.

Ayla is just one of three people who will move into the new uStep support which were opened by the Mayor of St Anne’s Coun Ed Nash who said he was delighted that ubu consumers would be at the heart of their local community.

“ubu is giving their consumers the kind of tailored support they need to take up their rightful place in society.

“Quite often it is just a small thing like the confidence to go out and socialise or start a new project for work or a lifestyle change,” he added.

“I know from my own work that people do not want to be told what to do, they want to be supported as they decide and then develop their own life goals.   This uStep support model is part of the equation, but the support that goes with it is the real life changing ingredient,” he added.

“ubu doesn’t just follow best practice, they make it for others to follow,” he added.

So many friends of ubu joined us as we launched the new setting on a brilliant sunny day. 

Dorothy Jarvis Lee, CEO of ubu said: “ubu has always looked for pioneering ways to break new ground in care and support for those most vulnerable in society.  As demonstrated at St Anne’s uStep minimal support it’s often all that is needed to make maximum impact on the lives of the people we support serve.

“I’m thrilled that already Ayla has some clear career goals and we look forward to seeing her grow as she develops them, supported by members of our team.

“We look forwards to seeing the results of her work soon!”

An Artists Inspiration

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