Katie's Diary

The journey to independence

5th February 2014

My journey with ubu started 5 years ago in one of the Harrogate supports. I had come to ubu following some emotional and financial difficulties. It’s safe to say I was not in a good place, but I knew that with the right support I could turn it all around.

It didn’t take me long to realise ubu were the right choice. I could tell that they weren’t like others, who generalise people with disabilities. Instead they saw me for me! They treated me as an individual from the very start and gave me the chance to develop my confidence and skills.

Before long I moved to a new support; one which suited my needs more appropriately and one I shared with people who I could communicate with easily. This meant I could make more friends and therefore boost my confidence even further.

I really enjoyed my time here but soon found I was making leaps and bounds thanks to the great support I received and my own determination. So I again decided to move to a new support that would offer me more independence, and chances to decrease my need for 1:1 hours.

This saw me move to Knaresborough and I have been here ever since. But over the last year I have made the biggest changes of all. I started a college course in Employment, began managing my own finances full time and saw my support hours decreasing ever more. It is these very things that have led to my most exciting news; it has been confirmed that I no longer require support! 

I am now looking towards total independence and have completely turned my life around. It is my next goal to move into my very own place, get a job (hopefully in catering or retail) and begin living my life as I choose without the need for any support. 

I begin my level 2 college course in September and am so excited to learn more, develop more and become what I’ve always dreamed.It is my wish for all people with learning disabilities to achieve what I have. 

Whilst I understand that some people may never be able to attain full independence, my advice would be to just keep working hard and never stop. You will definitely reach your full potential and you will feel fantastic!


The journey to independence

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

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