A PROVIDER helping disabled people live more fulfilling and independent lives was backed by the shadow health minister as it arrived in Leigh.
Yorkshire-based organisation ubu opened its apartments at Prescott Court following the opening of a similar development on Standishgate, Wigan, in January.
The new Leigh accommodation will provide support for 12 vulnerable people, with ubu’s staff following the company’s award-winning uStep model to help them gain more independence while also ensuring they are part of daily life in Leigh and do not become isolated.
The Prescott Court opening was attended by Leigh MP Andy Burnham, who praised the scheme and called for a change in society to ensure those receiving care are considered as people rather than just patients.
Mr Burnham said: “Putting people at the heart of their own communities is basic and allowing them to make the choices they want to live their own lives is an imperative. Society has to rethink how we care for people and see them as people rather than patients.
“I am just delighted that this uStep has opened in Leigh so that local residents get the chance to benefit.
“Its extensive success demonstrates that it is especially effective when it comes to supporting the most vulnerable people in leading more independent lives and most importantly enabling them to be an active part of their community.
“It is truly wonderful that we have a committed leading organisation like ubu that is dedicated to providing innovative support services to such vulnerable people in these difficult times.”
The Leigh opening is the latest expansion for the company, which has recently opened numerous apartments and flats across the North West for vulnerable adults with learning, physical or emotional difficulties.
Dorothy Jarvis-Lee, ubu CEO, said: “Our uStep model is innovative, continually evolving so that as the people we serve needs change we adapt their support to meet them.
“Our ethos is treat a person as they are and they will remain as they are; treat a person as they could be and they will become as they should be.”