Hi there! My name is Lisa from Blackpool and I work two days a week in a local café as a waitress. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. But that’s not the only thing I’ve wanted to get right in my life! One of those things was to have my own flat where I can be independent and live the way I choose to live. I have that now along with my fantastic job and best of all I’ve started to go to Zumba classes too.

About 18 months ago, when I first moved into to my own flat, supported by ubu my life was very different.  I knew that one of the things I wanted most in my life was a job but I just wasn’t sure of how to go about getting one.  The first step was to collect the right forms from the local Job Centre offices.  The next step was to fill them in properly so that I could get some professional and meaningful career coaching in how to do it. ubu enablers gave me support when I asked for it and it wasn’t long before things started to improve for me on the job hunting front.

That was just the start of it.  I started to understand that the new skills I was learning would lead to me finding my first job, or so I hoped. At the Job Centre, advisors really put me through my paces helping me to see what skills I had and how I could enjoy and be successful working around other people in a place I might get to work in.

It was so wonderful to get really useful advice and coaching from people who could help me to achieve what I wanted in life. Along with mentoring from ubu enablers, I was able to get on with looking for a job that was right for me.  I wasn’t totally sure what I wanted to do but working in hospitality was what really appealed to me so I applied to a local café. It was easier than I thought. The manager of the café was obviously impressed with the way I talked about myself at my interview. I felt really confident about describing the skills I have to offer. Anyway, I got the job, so I definitely got it just right.

Getting a meaningful job, that I love, has been a great confidence boost for me. Working with others people has given me the boost I needed to go to my local gym and join a Zumba class. I really want to get healthy and fit, and Zumba dance seems to have had a terrific effect on how I feel in myself and about how I look. Now my doctor is beginning to question the way people have described my behaviours and mental health in the past and I have been able, with her advice, to reduce my medication and now I feel much more in control of my own life.

I’m so excited about the changes I have made recently and how confident I feel around people and in the work I do. Who knows what else will be round the corner for me? Whatever it is I know I can rely on the enabling support I get from ubu to give me the right amount of encouragement when I ask for it. I am gentle starting to make decisions for myself about where I want to be and what I want to do to take the next steps in achieving greater independence and happiness in the future.