Katie's Diary

Our new care service in Leigh

8th August 2014

THIS week we welcomed new people at the opening of another uStep model in the community of Leigh.

It was  fantastic to see the Shadow Health Secretary and MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham turn out to open the new service, which will see the  individuals moving in, receive the innovative support to help them integrate with the local community whilst also help them gain independence.

He said that putting people at the heart of their own communities was important and that allowing them to make the choices they want to live their own lives was key.

uStep and its extensive success, demonstrates that it is especially effective when it comes to supporting the most vulnerable people in leading more independent lives and most importantly enabling them to take  an active part of their community.

“Society has to rethink how we care for people and see them as people rather than patients.  I am just delighted that this uStep model has opened in Leigh so that local residents get the chance to benefit,” he said.

“I can only applaud ubu’s determination to expand their quality of support and care in the North West.  This service will not only allow each person it serves to integrate in their local area but enable them to develop their lives in a way that is meaningful to themselves.

“It is truly wonderful that we have a committed leading organisation like ubu that is dedicated to providing innovative support services to such vulnerable people in these difficult times,” he added.

Our launch of uStep  in the town also highlighted the expansion of our service across the North West and most importantly our continued commitment to the people we serve.

This latest opening will allow inspirational people we serve to develop their own life goals so they can lead independent lives.

For 30 years, we’ve been at the forefront of providing the most innovative care to vulnerable people that need it. For us we see the people we serve as people and not patients. Every single one of them has a right to an independent life and we continue to work hard in ensuring that they get that.


At ubu, we’re one big happy family. That stretches from all the brilliant people we serve to the equally brilliant people that help with the care and support to enable people with their bid for independent living.

Our Enablers on the day agreed that it’s great to see how quickly, in some cases, you can achieve something, and our uStep models really improve the quality of life to people that we serve.

They said they really enjoyed working for ubu and seeing the benefits that our service has brought to the people in Wigan and the improvement when it comes to independent living.

They all agreed that their jobs were great, but better for being able to make a difference to the lives of other people and help the people we serve in their uStep journeys.

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The opening of our new service in Leigh will see people move in on their own for the first time and of course, there will be a few nerves.

However, already we have consumers planning to move in and they are starting to make plans for their futures.  It isn’t just the people we serve though, it is their loved ones that are equally delighted.  Many parents were there on Tuesday to look round and meet the team.  They also got the chance to meet some of the people we serve from other uStep models.

It helped families cast aside any worries they had that the people we serve would struggle as they made their way in their new lives striking out for greater independence.

Our new care service in Leigh

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