Katie's Diary

Inner Beauty

15th August 2014

In today’s society, there is a huge amount of judgment on a person’s looks and how they dress. It includes people who have a disability and those that don’t.

It’s not about looks for ubu but more of the inner beauty and personality that the people we serve have and what we can do to help and support them to make sure they remain confident in themselves.

For ubu, it’s all about ensuring that the people we serve continue to feel good about themselves and feel involved with everyone in their local community, to make sure they feel they are making a contribution is key for them.

ubu believe that true beauty comes from the inside and if you are afraid to look at people then no one will be able to see how truly gorgeous or wonderful you are.

We are all human beings at the end of the day and we all have something positive that make us different from one another.

For 30 years, ubu has been at the forefront of not only supporting vulnerable people through independent living but also to ensure that they are comfortable with themselves and feel positive in their environment.

uStep is designed so that everyone can become what they truly can be and a lot of that happens when they feel good about themselves. uStep focuses on bringing out the positives so that people realize they have talents, that the people around them appreciate them.

For example many of the people we serve work in local shops, hotels, garden center’s or volunteer and add real value to organisations they help.

Usually they smile and put a smile on the people around them to benefit everyone. Providing uStep so that they can grow as individuals is hugely important to us, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the people we serve smiling day in and day out as they enjoy their life their way! 


Below are a few examples of some wonderful people who have gone on to become successes in their chosen areas having emerged from their own chrysalis following personal tragedy.

Heather Mills

Heather Mills is a former model, an English entrepreneur, activist, environmentalist, and Alpine ski racer.

Mills came to public attention in 1993, when a collision with a police motorcycle in London resulted in the amputation of her left leg below the knee. She continued to model using a prosthetic limb and established the Heather Mills Health Trust, which recycles used prosthetic limbs to amputees unable to afford new ones and campaigns to remove and ban land mines.


Katie Piper

Katie Piper is an English philanthropist, television presenter and former model from Andover, Hampshire. Piper had hoped to have a full-time career in the media, but in March 2008 sulphuric acid was thrown in her face. The attack, which blinded Piper in one eye, was arranged by Piper's ex-boyfriend and carried out by an accomplice. She has overcome those challenges, proving an inspiration to many.

katie piper

Kelly Knox  

Kelly Knox is the UK's leading disabled model. She is an English model who challenges the beauty ideal and is an advocate for diversity in the fashion industry. As an international model, Knox has worked in the UK, USA, Germany, China, Norway and Pakistan.

kelly knox

The people above are all inspirational role models to the UK community for overcoming their challenges to work in their perspective areas.

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This video demonstrates that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Rather than focusing on our bad points everyone should think more about their strong features.


If you close your eyes and imagine what people want to see and also what they look like you can picture the real beauty you have.  The video teaches us to think of each of our features in their best light.

Some people rely on their beauty or looks for their fortune.  Can you imagine the thought if you were like that and then you had a horrific life changing experience that robbed you of your income?

The most beautiful people in the world have realised that looks are only skin deep and that there is more to fame and fortune than a pretty face.

For those people they have transformed their lives and the lives of those around them by using their real beauty and their talent to help reinvent themselves or benefit society.

That’s how we work at ubu.  Through uStep we have helped the people we serve emerge from the chrysalis that was keeping them from being butterflies which make the world a far more beautiful place.

Our uStep model of support has helped set them free, to fly and realize that they have a very valid contribution to make to society.

At ubu we recognize the beauty in everyone.  We try to instill that in the people we serve and encourage them to become more positive about themselves.  We must be less critical of ourselves and try to see ourselves as others see us.

Inner Beauty

 I decide what matters to me. ubu help and teach me to make my future happen 

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