Katie's Diary

Realising my dreams

8th May 2015

Carrie is from Middlesbrough and has been supported by ubu for the past six years. Her life has been a transformed from the very sheltered one she led before she moved in. Carrie had never been to a supermarket, something most of us do only too regularly. She didn’t have some of the most basic life skills people take for granted and just couldn’t do much for herself.

Since moving into her new uStep home, Carrie has been enabled to take charge of many aspects of her life which seemed impossible before. She has developed skills and learned how to manage many aspects of her life she never dreamed she could in the past. The quality of her day-to-day living has changed dramatically. Now she leads a much more comfortable life, making choices and deciding what direction she wants to take. Carrie has a boyfriend who she says means the world to her. She is engaged with her community, enjoys shopping and getting out and about with more independence. These huge changes have come about with the gentle support and encouragement she has received from ubu’s pioneering, enabling philosophy which aims to transform people’s lives with the minimum of intervention.

For her 30th birthday, Carrie wanted to mark it with a proper celebration. It was the first time she had organised a party and she invited all her family and friends. Team members from ubu helped Carrie to plan the event, send out invitations and to ensure it all went wonderfully well. Carrie says “I had a ball and have some wonderful memories of my special day”.

Finding a voice to express our dreams is important to everyone. For Carrie finding hers was a huge step forward. Her dream was also to take a holiday abroad, to get there by plane and to make it a spectacular success that she would always remember. Carrie worked with a ubu enabler, researching and planning the holiday of a lifetime. She decided that a trip to Disneyland in Paris would be an amazing adventure and she booked her tickets and is travelling in the middle of May this year.

Realising our dreams can make us all feel we have achieved something special. Martin has always been a fan of the James Bond films. One of his favourites is “Diamonds Are Forever” from 1971 which had several scenes filmed in Amsterdam with chase scenes along the famous canals.

Martin has always dreamed of visiting Amsterdam and taking a trip on the canal that the James Bond movie was filmed on. Martin achieved this dream earlier this year. With support from ubu enablers, Martin booked a cruise to Amsterdam and planned his itinerary. On the journey he enjoyed meeting other people who were also travelling to Amsterdam.

When Martin arrived in Amsterdam he spent his time traveling on the trams around the city. The highlight was a cruise ride on the canals where the movie was filmed and Martin took lots of photographs to remind his adventure.

Two years ago Peter was asked by ubu enablers “What do you want to achieve in your life?”

Peter talked about lots of things like going on holiday abroad somewhere, learning how to play the guitar but most of all he talked about moving into his own independent flat.

Enablers from ubu listened and then worked with Peter to help him realise his dreams. Peter has been on holiday abroad now. He has guitar lessons every week where he has learnt to play numerous rocked up versions of well-known tunes. Both of these successes have given him enormous pleasure.

His biggest achievement has been working to learn new independent living skills so that he can move into his own flat.  At the beginning of March, Peter went to a recently opened ubu support in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire to look at a flat there. It is one of 16 independent flats at the site. Peter was really impressed by the quality and standard of accommodation there. He had an opportunity to meet other people who live in the flats and the ubu enabling staff who work there to support individuals to live independently. Peter found it a very positive and inspiring experience and has talked about little else since.

ubu offers the people we serve the opportunity to live independently in their own homes with the minimum of intrusion into their lives. This is a way of living that Peter has wanted for some time, feeling that he has been empowered to make choices for himself.

Peter will be moving to the site soon and is really excited about it. He is enthusiastic about sharing how good he feels about this move with other people. Peter says that until now he could never have believed he would ever have his own place.  But as he says “people believed in me, then they helped me make happen”. One of his dreams is about to be realised.

When asked him how his dreams came true he said ‘people believed in me, then they helped me make happen’.

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

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