There’s no place like home
Living independently involves having both choice and control and being able to apply such self-direction to various aspects in your life. At ubu we believe in encouraging independence by giving the people we serve the opportunities to achieve exactly what they want, for a few gentleman that meant having not only a house, but a home.
Two gentlemen who are enabled in Wigan moved into their own flats, as these were more suited to how they wanted to live their lives. Thomas wanted to move into his new apartment so that he might have space that was all his own. “I used to live with two other people but I am really sensitive to noise and I wanted a quiet place for me, so now that I have my own apartment I can spend time in my lounge or my bedroom or wherever I want because I don’t get so anxious.”
Thomas wanted a place to call his own; where he could do his study and practice his cooking. “I want to go to college and do a cookery course. I want to work in the industry, so I applied to the Princes Trust Programme and I can’t wait to hear back from them. I’m super independent so I like having a home that is all mine; I can get all my chores done then go out shopping so I can practice making meals and doing baking whenever I want to.”
Whilst Thomas was moving for the quiet, Alan wanted to move into a different flat so that it was more suited to his health and wellbeing. “I wanted a bigger place so that it wouldn’t heat up so quick, I have diabetes so I asked my enablers if I could move into another flat in the complex when someone else moved out.” When Alan moved into his new flat he wanted to throw a house warming party. “I asked if we could have the moving in party near Halloween so everyone could come and dress up and have fun. I dressed up as Dracula but I made him a bit more fun because I was wearing a bow tie.” The party was a triumph and everyone feasted on Halloween treats and dressed up to celebrate Alan’s new home.