A day trip across the Pennines might not seem much of a big deal for many of us, but when you have spent most of your life being cared for by others, told you can’t always achieve your dreams or it may not be possible … to suddenly have someone say yes lets go for it, is a massive leap forward!
David from Scarborough is a huge Coronation Street fan. A devotee of the thrice weekly soap he never misses an episode and has been known to stay in rather than miss out.
His lifetime ambition was to visit the Granada Studios where the series is filmed but as an adult with learning difficulties he wasn’t building his hopes up too much, until he found himself supported by ubu.
Having lived with other people all his life he had jumped at the chance to go solo in one of their individual apartments, but didn’t realise it would open up so many other doors for him.
Talking to his enabler about his dream rather than trying to dissuade him from pursuing his ambition they started helping him plan his grand day out.
“I have always loved Coronation Street but never imagined I would be able to visit,” he explained.
“Living in Scarborough, which is the other side of the country meant I had to get a train and leave the town very early if I was to really see Manchester, where the programme is made.
“With support from my ubu enabler I found out the train times and made a plan. We set an early alarm so I didn’t miss it. Manchester is a massive city and I wanted to see so many things. Before heading for Granada Studios we had a look at the beautiful cathedral and its stained glass windows.
“We had lunch out at a restaurant so we didn’t get peckish and then headed to the art gallery where I especially loved the pictures of the animals and flowers.
“Then it was time for the main event. It was amazing. Walking down the main street was something I had only ever dreamed of and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The Rovers Return was incredible and I loved talking to other Corrie fans about our shared passion for the series. We talked about older episodes and characters we knew.
“Before we headed back to Manchester station to get our train back to Scarborough we had time for some dinner before we set off back to arrive home late but very happy. I can never thank ubu enough for helping me to make my dream come true.”
Dorothy Jarvis Lee is Chief Executive of ubu. She said: “David is just one of the many people we have supported to achieve their lifetime ambition. Our model recognises that adults with learning difficulties have aspirations and we make sure they can fulfill them. By setting some ambitious goals and taking gradual steps many of the people we serve live independent lives integrated into their communities.
“By supporting and enabling the people we serve, ubu provides a pioneering service to individuals that enriches our society immeasurably. We don’t set out to make dreams come true but if we can help people to achieve their goals and realise their dreams, it is an added bonus to the work we do” she added.