Wigan MP, Lisa Nandy, gave everyone at ubu a massive pat on the back as she opened our latest uStep development; London House in Wigan.
As she cut the ribbon Lisa Nandy exclaimed that ubu has a strong ethos of providing their customers with a unique package of housing and support.
The 11 new apartments are part of a unique care package that we developed, the uStep model. Our distinctive uStep model has attracted accolades within the care sector and the attention of policy makers at the Department of Health for the way in which it delivers premium quality self-contained accommodation, support at a time of tight financial controls.
Ms Nandy explained: “As I used to work in the care and housing sector I understand how important it is to help people achieve independent living and make their own way in life. This support is in a great location close to the town centre, which will allow customers to access services in Wigan, yet at the same time provide the vulnerable adults with the peace, quiet and the support they need to flourish.
“It is important for everyone that they have a place that feels like home where they are safe and secure and these apartments certainly fulfil that need,” she added.
Prior to the ceremonial opening Ms Nandy met some of the customers who will move into the development this month (January). She chatted to them about their hopes and dreams of working in the town, laying down their lifestyle goals and achieving them with help from ubu enabling teams. She also met ubu team members, who will provide specific support packages to each individual depending on their needs; helping them work towards greater independence. Many of the customers already live in ubu settings, but for others this will be the first time they experience the difference that having goals for independent living can make to their lives.
Importantly, uStep also makes a difference to our customers families’ lives. Helen Gray’s brother, Andrew, currently shares a ubu house in Ashton-in-Makerfield with three other ubu customers, and will soon move to the new London House development. “It will be fantastic for him and for me,” said Helen. “We speak daily on the phone but I haven’t been able to see him every day. Now I will be able to call in far more often because he is so much closer and near good bus routes. It is all about the independence for him; allowing him to do things for himself while ubu support him to learn. He is so excited at the prospect of having his own home and being able to make more decisions about how he lives his life!”