“Hello, my name is Anthony, I’ve been enabled by ubu in Leeds for a while now and I wanted to share my story and how I’ve been enabled to create a life with greater independence.
For years I’ve refused to go out into the community for fear of people looking at me. I have problems with my sight but didn’t want to wear glasses or use a stick because I would still bump into things and other people and this made it harder for me.
I got so down about it and stayed in my flat. I’d order my shopping online and never bought new clothes because I didn’t think I needed them. I became so unhealthy with never going out and eating all the takeaways I would order because I didn’t want to go out of my flat.
I told my enablers how I felt and from then on I started working with my enablers so that I could try and boost my confidence. After a long time of trying I finally buckled up and boosted my courage.
I’ve now been independently going to the supermarket and shopping centres for a few weeks now and I feel fantastic! I go to my local supermarket and buy my own food and started cooking low fat versions of my favourite food. I even bought myself a slow cooker to cook healthy curries in and swapping unhealthy foods and drinks for healthy ones because I have more choice going to the supermarket.
I’ve even felt confident enough to go out to the White Rose shopping centre and buy myself some cool new clothes which I wouldn’t have been able to try on online.
I even went to the opticians to buy some glasses to help me and everyone is saying they look so good and suit me so much! I didn’t expect that. I went to the dentist and now have some false teeth and have such a perfect smile now! I can’t believe how confident and amazing I feel.
I’m feeling healthier and happier and my independence is growing more and more. I’m also helping the ubu team members with interviews to help me with my confidence around new people.