Katie's Diary

uStep Opening - A Celebration

14th June 2013

On 17th May ubu celebrated the opening of their latest uStep support model, situated in Leeds. This event was attended by a variety of guests including staff, customers, members of the press and even the Lord Mayor of Leeds, who very generously gave her time to help cut the ribbon and officially open this wonderful building.

The most important thing about this new development is the great future it will offer those moving in, as they look to take the next great steps on their journey to independence. There are 20 high quality apartments available, all of which will hopefully be filled by the end of July.

To read the official press coverage of the even, including accounts by some of those in attendance, dive down to the next level!


The video to the right hand side shows some of the many highlights of the fantastic uStep opening in Leeds. This includes some inspirational words, an official ribbon cutting by the Lord Mayor of Leeds alongside ubu customer Andrew Tyreman and his father, and a celebratory balloon release.

The reason ubu chose to release balloons is that they signify and represent the customers moving into this great new uStep service: Like the balloons each individual will take their own unique direction as they move further on their journey to greater independence. They will choose their own path and they will decide what goals they aim to achieve.


A former Morley mill is set to become a pioneering community for independent social care by one of the UK’s leading carers of vulnerable adults.

On Friday (May 17) the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Ann Castle officially launched ubu’s latest uStep support and applauded its innovative care model for vulnerable adults.

She told customers of ubu, their friends and families that it was a fantastic achievement and the former mill would help them create a vibrant community where each person could strive to achieve their personal goals.

ubu, whose hub is based in Harrogate and supports around 500 people across the North West, North East, Yorkshire and The Midlands has pioneered the uStep model of support. This model enables adults with challenging behaviour or learning difficulties the opportunity to become fully integrated members of society.

Robin Cornock will be the Customer Service Manager at the Leeds support where ubu has taken over 20 apartments.

He said; “uStep is all about creating an opportunity for vulnerable adults so that they can achieve real independence and not in a token way. What makes uStep different is the uPlans, a series of ambitions and goals which each of our customers aspires to, working hand in hand with each other so they plan their own results.”

“Each apartment is fully self-contained yet the customers know they have the support of a full time Enabler on site and also friends living close by” he said after the Lord Mayor had cut the pink ribbon.

Derek Tyreman’s son, Andrew is set to move into the uStep support in July.  He said; “Andrew has been living a semi-independent life sharing another ubu house with four others for some time.

“Moving in here will allow him to move on a bit further and gain greater independence. 

“The location is ideal because it is close to shops, public transport, the sports centre and other places where he can go with his friends or to move his life on.

“He is looking forward to it and we are happy and confident he will be making progress but also have support if he needs it.”

West Yorkshire Regional Manager Kelly Phelps echoed the sentiments of Derek and Robin, saying “The Grand Opening exceeded our expectations in every way. It was a day to celebrate the opening of this marvellous uStep Model giving our customers the opportunity to live in their very own apartment.

“Sovereign Mill is going to offer a wonderful lifestyle in a busy, vibrant town locale, offering the people we serve greater independence, choice and a real sense of living and maintaining their very own home with the knowledge of still feeling safe and secure.”

To watch a wonderful video of the opening ceremony highlights, click through to the next level.

uStep Opening - A Celebration

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