ubu has played a key part in standing up for those most at risk in society and calling for a radical change to the way vulnerable adults are cared for.
We have co – hosted one of the Government’s ‘No Voice Left Unheard’ conferences being held around the UK as part of the consultation following the Winterbourne View scandal.
While the fallout from this terrible event continues we took the opportunity to call for the people we serve to be given a louder voice and greater say in how they are supported.
One of the people we serve, Sarah Bridges spoke and called on David Cameron to take action now.
Sarah spent over 12 months in hospital after cutting and burning her skin. She says her actions were a cry for help but no one listened to her until she was put in touch with ubu.
Speaking to the large audience Sarah, said that ubu had transformed her life. She now lives in her own apartment, no longer self-harms and last year she had an operation to remove the painful scars of her past.
The brave Walt Disney fan told her story at the conference, she wasn’t the only one of the people we serve who spoke with many family and friends also making their points.
ubu have welcomed the boost to mental health services promised by all the political parties in the run up to the General Election. The conference gave us both a chance to make a contribution and hopefully help deliver improvements to patient care.
Claire Emmott, our Registered Manager said: “It was really heart warming to hear Sarah stand up and speak. She is now living with greater independence, a happy life and is grateful to ubu for the part it played. ubu is all about giving the people we serve a voice.”
Ian Jenks specialist manager at ubu said that the findings of the consultation day would be fed back to the Government.
“It was about people being involved and having their say. It was an excellent event and we hope it will make a difference.”
Sarah said that while she had been nervous, she wanted to tell her story and hoped it would help others.
The conference is one of a series set to report before the end of May and which will form the future of support for vulnerable adults. You can still be involved. Don’t forget with a General Election you should lobby all candidates and make your views heard.
If you would like to make a submission you can do online by visiting https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/strengthening-rights-for-people-with-learning-disabilities and registering your views.