Great news from Scotland as Perth & Kinross Council has officially launched a protocol to support tenants with hoarding issues.
The protocol, the first of its kind in Scotland, has been developed by a partnership of the council, NHS Tayside and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Support from hoarding consultant Linda Fay from Life Pod has been provided with her offering advice.
The document recognises that hoarding is a mental health issue. It will ensure that tenants with hoarding difficulties are supported in a co-ordinated way to tackle the issue. At the heart of the approach is a multi-agency response, with housing teams working closely with social care. Health and voluntary sector partners ensure that tenants are supported with a range of actions that will help them regain control of their homes and their lives.
Hoarding has serious health risks for the person involved and is a major fire risk. Properties can also suffer many thousands of pounds worth of damage as a result of hoarding.
Staff from all the partner agencies gathered at an event at Perth’s Salutation Hotel yesterday to hear about the new protocol, and how it will work in practice. Staff were told about a recent incident of hoarding, and how co-ordinated support helped the council tenant involved.
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Remember, if you or someone you know is suffering from hoarding, you can contact us at www.facebook.com/CloudsEndCIC for help.