My Journey

Luke Finneran writes about how his dream to live independently became possible

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I have lived with Walkinstown Association for a number of years. It was my dream to live on my own and to become as independent as possible. On the 10th of March 2008 I got what I always wanted and am now in my new home surrounded by my own family and friends and staff that support me to live my own life. I brought up what I wanted in My POM’s (Personal Outcomes Measures); my brother Liam gave me a lot of support. I worked alongside staff in achieving this. After many planning meetings and a lot of patience I got my dream. I have a support worker for 20 hours a week and another one for 5 hrs a week. I decide who works with me and when I need them. I say to people, take help when you need it. I have my own space. I decide my life. It’s my life.

To help me in my new independent life I set up a committee. They meet to help me achieve my goals and help me run my house.

Since moving to my new home I have made friends locally. A local family, the Brophy’s, have become great friends to me. I now help out at my church, doing collections at 12 Mass. I have joined the local Liverpool football fan club. I completed the RUA (relationship course) and I am starting a computer and a first aid course in September. I am a brother and I am very proud to be part of my family. I talk about my family on a regular basis. I am an uncle and I love children. I am a service-user rep for residential services. I go to Bingo locally. I have achieved a lot and want to achieve a lot more.

I made a DVD of my journey and if any person would like me to show it to them, you can e.mail me at lukefinneran@gmail.com and we can organise it. It shows all that was involved in my move. I would like to help others. I never lost sight of my dreams. Don’t lose sight of yours. It takes patience and time. Dreams can come through.

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