Hello, I’m Adrian*, and I live in my own home in Motherwell. I moved here in 2015, although I had dreamed of having my own home for a much longer time.
I moved to Motherwell to be closer to family, before that I lived in different places, in hospitals and care homes, all over the country.
I was born in Dunoon then moved to the Royal Scottish National Hospital in Larbert. Over the years I moved to different places including: Tunbridge Wells, Bristol, Wales, and then to Dundee. Some of the places I lived were okay, but it wasn’t home and I had some bad experiences from sharing with other people.
One of the things I looked forward to about having my own home was being able to do things that I wanted to do, at times I wanted to do them. I like to make my own dinner when I am hungry, not when other people tell me. After choosing my new support team, one of the things I told them I wanted to do was to sit on my own sofa and watch TV by myself.
“One of the things I looked forward to about having my own home was being able to do things that I wanted to do, at times I wanted to do them.”
I really like the freedom having my own home has given me – I get out and about most days and go to Taekwondo near where I live, I also went to college in Motherwell and bought a season ticket for the football team. I go to the local shops myself and spend time chatting with neighbours. I really enjoy doing this.
I am in a different house from when I first moved here. I told my team I wanted to move closer to town and they helped me find a new place. It was my own decision. I didn’t get to make those decisions where I previously lived and that makes me feel in control of my own life and happier.
*Adrian’s real name has been changed to protect his privacy.