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A Plan for the future

About two years ago I started to look into my family name. Like many people in the last few years I’ve become interested in finding out more about my ancestry and I wanted to start plotting out my family tree.

At first I didn’t seem to get very far. Unfortunately I have no living relatives who could give me any information or point me to records or resources. I do remember stories that my Dad used to tell me about his father’s side of the family. His family had been from Ireland and that we had taken our own family name from a County in Ireland.

Finding myself at what seemed like a dead end, I decided to leave my search there for the time being.

Some months later, I started talking to the ubu enabling team who support me to live with independence in my own home about planning a holiday for later in the year. I did some research, looking at various places that I remember going to Britain as a child.

When ubu announced last summer that there would be a group holiday available for people to go to together in Whitby in North Yorkshire I jumped at the chance! Although I’d never been there before it was one of the places I already had on my list this was one of the placed that I wanted to visit on my original holiday planning list. I really love photography and I was sure that staying in Whitby would almost certainly give me some great opportunities to enjoy my hobby.

My time away turned out to be even better than I imagined. I really enjoyed ubu’s Summer Spectacular Whitby holiday. I met lots of new people and made friends and had a wonderful holiday. When I returned to Manchester I was feeling charged up and excited about getting back to planning for my next big holiday, perhaps in Ireland.

As I began to develop my plan to visit Ireland, I discussed all the various options I had found with ubu enablers. It became clear to me that this trip would be more of a challenge than the last one. I am planning to travel much further afield than across the Pennines to North Yorkshire!