THE Mayor of Fleetwood spoke from the heart when he cut the ribbon on our new uStep service and said more places like it were needed.
Councillor Ron Shewan’s own brother, Peter, had learning difficulties but as the Mayor admitted, when he was young there had been nowhere for him to get support.
“It is brilliant that ubu has developed a way of supporting vulnerable adults that puts them in the heart of their own communities,” he said.
“When my brother, Peter, was growing up things were very different and there was no one like ubu to support him. My mother died when he was quite young and it was tough. He missed out on quite a few things.
“It is exciting that the new residents of these apartments will be able to get the support to become members of the community. There are a lot of interesting things locally, I hope they will take advantage of.
My wife, Brenda, has been for a chat with Lynne and she remembers her from when she called into the shop she worked in. They chatted about people they both knew and it is clear Lynne has some very firm ideas about what she wants to do now she has her own place.
“Providing independence and yet being on hand to offer support is vital to the people who will live here and it really enthuses me,” he added.
Coun Shewan remembered the site as a boys’ club that had helped many young people form life goals, train for sports, learn new skills and become responsible members of the community.
“That transformational path is continuing with ubu in the uStep model now here and I am delighted to welcome the first residents to it,” he added.
Already some of the people we serve have moved in and started to stamp their mark on their new homes.
Lynne, moved in just a week ago, but has already equipped her kitchen with her favourite coloured appliances and welcomed family and friends.
“It is fantastic because I am near the promenade and the Mount, the other night we went for a quick walk round, my enabling team and I are making plans for me to start dog walking,” she said.
“I love dogs and it is great that I will be able to join my passions for animals and have a little job as well,” she said.