On a cold, bright morning a smartly dressed woman snuggles into her coat on the platform of Harrogate station, excitedly waiting for the London train. This is June, and this is her first visit to the capital.
June has been clocking up a lot of firsts over the last few years. Having lived with her mum for most of her life, leaving home in her early 40s was a massive step. Of course, leaving home always brings new opportunities and choices – and that’s certainly been true for June.
Foreign countries are a fascination for June – she is a walking encyclopedia of language, currency, city and food facts. Indeed, foreign food is a passion which June has particularly enjoyed since leaving home. “My mum can’t walk, we didn’t go to restaurants.” June explained.
Magda, who supports June, says “She’s like a brand new person now – everyone who knows her is commenting on things like her choosing nicer clothes for herself, being talkative, helpful and just generally being happier.”
One thing June would love to do is travel abroad. But because she finds change unsettling, she is working up to this goal gradually. She has already made one overnight trip to Liverpool – going to see the Cavern Club, spiritual home of the Beatles (music being June’s other passion).
This trip to London is the next step in her travelling career: staying away for three days and two nights. The highlight of this trip for June is seeing the hit show Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre.
Brian, a ubu Enabler, travels with June to support her as and when she needs it; a former London resident, he’s a useful guide to the bright lights of the big city.