Katie's Diary

uStep Opening Lincoln

23rd April 2014

Lincoln’s MP has welcomed ubu’s innovative care model, the support will enable some of the city’s most vulnerable adults as they embark on the journey to a more independent lifestyle. 

Karl McCartney MP, said he was delighted that ubu had extended its uStep support model, which provides a complete package of individual support, for people making the transition from family or care into their own homes.

Speaking after he co-opened the support in Lincoln with the Mayor, Councillor Patrick Vaughan, he said it was an excellent support for vulnerable adults. Mr McCartney went on to explain that his own mother had been a care worker and he knew how important it was that vulnerable adults had the chance to lead more independent lives as integral members of their local communities.

“It is very important that society recognizes the needs of vulnerable adults to lead independent lives.   We all have ambitions and should support them as they work towards achieving theirs.  Having your own home gives you a degree of freedom and the chance to make more life choices about your career, further education and lifestyle,” he said.

“uStep is very important  on a number of levels.  It allows people independence and freedom, they are not totally isolated as they have support from ubu, and other people close at hand, whilst being encouraged to reduce their reliance on care by setting goals,” he added.

“Everyone wants to be able to make their own life choices and set their own goals and the customers here will be able to do that through independent living, yet with the right level of support they need,” he added.

ubu has been working with vulnerable adults for more than 30 years and cares for more than 500 people across the North of England and East Midlands.  Its ethos is that people should be treated as they would like to be, rather than as they are, so that they can become what they can be.

For Kloe, having her own apartment is just one part of the jigsaw, she is now piecing together. Kloe, who has autism, has recently left her family home after completing a Beauty Therapy course at Peterborough College.  She is hoping to study Animal Welfare at Lincoln College and pursue her dream of dancing.

“I am desperate to have my independence and this uStep support fits the bill.  I come from a big family, need my own space and chance to follow my dreams,” she said. 

“My long term ambition is to be a dancer, but I want to be able to live my own life as I please.  I have lived here just three weeks and already feel much more confident,” she said.

Nicola Swinbank, ubu regional manager said: “For someone like Kloe, moving from a family home to a solo life can be even more difficult.

“uStep will give her more opportunities such as college, so she can work towards her career goals, while we provide the support she needs, when she needs it,” he added.  “uStep is a fresh start for her.”

Dorothy Jarvis-Lee chief executive from ubu said that the organisation had worked closely with Lincoln City Council to deliver the right kind of care it needed and said that the uStep model offers specialised enablement support

“We already have 13 services within the area when Lincoln told us they wanted to be able to offer the uStep specialised support service to vulnerable young people and adults in the city,” she said.

“Centrally located it provides specialised tailored supports to people with very different needs.  All our uStep services are designed with the consumer at the centre.As they develop their personal skills and achieve their goals, their support changes so that over time they gain greater independent and become more integrated into society therefore a valuable premium to them and for society.”

uStep Opening Lincoln

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