The sun was shining brightly over Nottingham on 7th August 2013, as ubu opened their latest uStep assisted living support service. Celebrating were many members of staff, customers, families, friends and very special guests including The Sherriff of Nottingham Ian Malcolm; all here to launch the beginning of what will be a bright future for those moving in.
After a warm welcome from ubu’s own Belinda Patrick and Betty Willows it was up to the Sheriff and parents Mr and Mrs Kidger, to cut the ribbon and declare the uStep model open. Mr Malcolm offered some very kind words about this “fantastic project” stating that “the independence ubu can provide for vulnerable adults is a wonderful thing”. As he made the ceremonial cut he closed by wishing every success, for the the future for this much appreciated and needed service by ubu for those who are vulnerable.
A very moving and inspirational speech was then given by Mrs Kidger, whose daughter Sarah was given the keys to her flat on the day. She said “I would like to thank all of ubu for providing such wonderful support to all our vulnerable people, our youngsters, we thank you so much” and told the assembled crowd that “this will improve the lives of so many people”.
This new uStep service comes as the result of a great deal of hard work on the part of many passionate people, who are committed to ensuring all supported individuals are afforded the greatest level of independence possible. ubu Customer Service Manager Betty Willows told us “the customers that move here will have a completely new way of life. They are moving here because they are ready to take the next step towards independence.” She emphasised that “over the last few weeks we’ve been working with each of the customers to ensure they have a smooth transition”.
Of course the most important aspect of the newly opened service are those who will soon move into new accommodation and make it their homes. There was such a great atmosphere of excitement and anticipation throughout the day, and when the keys were handed to their new owners there was a huge celebration. For many it was so emotional, being as it marks for some the first time they have lived in their own property. Samantha enthused “I’m so excited but nervous as well, as this is the first time I’ve had my own place…. I’ve been living in shared accommodation since my parents passed away, but now I’m moving on to have my own space and do my own thing”.
Our CEO reflected "This was a wonderful occasion and a major milestone for everyone and one which will be talked about for years to come. We would like to wish all those using the new ubu service a fantastic future, to be full of incredible personal achievements for each person"