It's My Home

This film was published by Open Future Learning and takes its inspiration from the brilliant poem written by Adrian Kennedy below.

I don't have a Rota blue-tacked to my wall,
I don't expect to find one anywhere at all,
If the telephone is ringing, I pick up to see who calls,
I don't have great big posters about slips and trips and falls.

I decide what happens, when I go to bed, or eat,
I decide who enters in, which people I will greet,
I decide on furniture, which bed, which bath, which seat,
I decide the temperature and when to turn up heat.

All the things around my house, they all belong to me,
I don't have strangers coming in changing channels on TV,
All the post is opened I get is opened by the addressee,
I have dominion in my castle, I have privacy.

I don't use my home for meetings, training or interviews,
The colours in my carpet are my favourite chosen hues,
All records kept about me are accurate and true,
And if I really want to I will own a 100 shoes!

I will make my choices; I will make my own decisions,
And any plan I make contains my own wishes and visions,
Any person in my home is only here by my permission,
No office do I have here, no rules and no restrictions.

I decide who to employ to a vacant situation,
I decide on where to store my medication,
I have the right to keep my Mother out of my accommodation,
And I don't need a weekly fire evacuation.

No risk assessment stops me from trying something new,
I make my own mind up about everything I do,
When I need support I will let you know if it is you,
Hands off! It's my home! Or Sam Sly and I will sue.

Poem by Adrian Kennedy, inspired by training delivered by Sam Sly based on the Keys to Citizenship.

The publisher is Open Future Learning.

Hand's Off It's My Home © Open Future Learning 2017.

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Film | 06.07.17

intellectual disabilities, social care, England, Film

Ben Drew


Founder of Open Future Learning

Sam Sly


Freelance Regulation, Health & Social Care Consultant

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