Katie's Diary

uStep Opening - Leeds

21st May 2013

ubu is breathing new life into a former mill, creating our latest model for customers based on the uStep support.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Ann Castle, helped cut the ribbon at our development in Leeds. She told our guests that it was a wonderful achievement; that the former mill would help ubu customers become part of a vibrant community where each resident could strive to achieve their personal goals.

Robin Cornock, who will be leading the operational management of the support, said “uStep is all about creating opportunities for vulnerable adults so that they can achieve real independence and not in a token way. What makes uStep different is the plans we put in place for the people we serve; a series of ambitions and goals that each of our customers aspire to, allowing them to plan their own results.”

Each apartment at Sovereign Mill is fully self-contained yet all customers who choose to move in will know they have the support of a full time enabler on site and also friends living close by.

“While our customers will be part their community, they will have their own front doors and privacy which for many will be a first” said Development Manager Frank Biggy.  “We will work out a transition plan for each new customer to the new support recognising that they are all unique with varying needs.”

The beauty of uStep is that it allows even those with the most complex needs and from the most difficult situations, to identify what they want and need and tailor a programme which matches those two things.

“We already have five or six people living here and by the end of July all the apartments should have ubu customers” Robin added.

Derek Tyreman’s son, Andrew is set to move in July.  He said; “Andrew has been living a semi independent life sharing a ubu house with four others in Pudsey for some time.

“Coming to live with ubu has already made a dramatic improvement to his quality of life and helped assure us that he is making real progress. I am confident that Andrew will be able to make further progress as ubu help him draw up a programme that he is comfortable with and support him working towards it.

“He is looking forward to it and we are happy and confident he will be making progress but also have support if he needs it.”

Andrew said that he was looking forward to being in his own apartment and was already planning his next set of goals and targets which he hopes to reach as part of his journey towards greater independence.

In a closing speech the Lord Mayor of Leeds stated that the support is a “fantastic building and a fantastic project”. As anybody who has been involved in the development will attest, these views will no doubt be echoed across the board, especially by those who will soon be moving in as part of the next great chapter in their lives.

uStep Opening - Leeds

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