Chaos to Order – helping over 100 people with hoarding issues

Chaos to Order - helping over 100 people with hoarding issues

Clouds End has been working with Birmingham City Council on a two year project called Chaos to Order to help over 100 people with hoarding issues in Birmingham. One of our clients involved in the project, ‘L’ is sharing his story on his progress. Watch him describe, in his own words, how he has been supported by the project.   L first asked for help and reported difficulties in getting around his house due to his hoarding behaviour to his social worker – “it’s getting rather crowded here and I’ve got no room to move” – who then referred him

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Harry’s Hoarded House – Advocacy Matters

Harry’s Hoarded House - Advocacy Matters

Clouds End CIC, as part of their Chaos 2 Order project, have been working with Advocacy Matters – a west midlands based charity who provide vulnerable people with an independent advocate – and are delighted to appear in one of their ‘Speak Up Square’ stories.   Speak Up Square was developed by Advocacy Matters for International Storytelling Week as a more accessible means (literally!) of illustrating what Advocacy is and how it may support people in local communities. Advocacy Matters – Speak Up Square Their latest story, titled ‘Harry’s Hoarded House’, shines a spotlight on how Clouds End work with advocates

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A Hoarding Tsunami – life after lockdown

A Hoarding Tsunami - life after lockdown

When the lockdown ends a hidden wave of hoarding behaviour is likely to flood into our lives – a hoarding tsunami that will go far beyond stashes of loo paper and hand sanitiser. How do we know? We know that hoarding can be triggered by grief, loss, fear, isolation, loneliness and anxiety. These factors usually affect only a small percentage of us at any one time but in the last year everybody has felt these stresses. The lockdown has deprived some of us of company, love and hugs – while the media has bombarded us all with fears about the

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Interview with CloudsEnd – Professional Social Work magazine

Interview with CloudsEnd - Professional Social Work magazine

The British Association of Social Workers  PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORK MAGAZINE | FEBRUARY 2021 HOW TO HELP A HOARDER Many social workers will have come across people who hoard but they often don’t know how best to support them, Heather Matuozzo of hoarding social enterprise Clouds End tells Shahid Naqvi. You would have struggled to see the floor in David’s house a few months ago. Or even his furniture for that matter, so buried were they beneath piles of old newspapers. Copies of the Daily Mirror to be exact. And Barbie dolls by the hundreds, if not thousands, stacked throughout his

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What is a “normal” amount of pandemic hoarding?

What is a "normal" amount of pandemic hoarding?

Symptoms of depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorders have emerged or worsened for many during the pandemic. This is no surprise to clinicians and scientists, who have been increasing worldwide access to mental health information and resources. But what effect has the pandemic had on another common but often misunderstood problem — hoarding? The issue first received attention when people piled up paper towels, toilet tissue, and hand sanitizer in their shopping carts at the start of the pandemic, leading some people to wonder whether they or a loved one were showing signs of hoarding disorder. If the article does

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Hoarding, stockpiling and panic buying: What is ‘normal’ in an abnormal time?

Hoarding, stockpiling and panic buying: What is 'normal' in an abnormal time?

Symptoms of depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders have emerged or worsened for many during the pandemic. This is no surprise to clinicians and scientists, who have been promoting worldwide access to mental health information and resources. But what effect has the pandemic had on another common but often misunderstood problem: hoarding? The issue first received attention when people piled up paper towels, toilet tissue and hand sanitizer in their shopping carts at the start of the pandemic, leading some people to wonder whether they or a loved one were showing signs of hoarding disorder. If the article does not load you

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Hoarding, Dysthymia, and Depression: A Tiring Trio

Hoarding, Dysthymia, and Depression: A Tiring Trio

Research from the American National Institute of Mental Health states that depressive disordersare a major mental health concern among the US population. Dysthymia vs. Depression What is dysthymia? For adults, it is a chronic but less intense version of major depressive disorder, also known as Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD), which must occur consistently for at least 2 years. If you have had almost daily depressive feelings for at least that long and don’t know why you can’t shake these feelings off, I encourage you to talk to your doctor about whether you might be living with PDD. For children and young

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The Brain Science of Attention and Overwhelm

The Brain Science of Attention and Overwhelm

Volatility. Uncertainty. Complexity. Ambiguity. In my lab at the University of Miami, these four words (shorthanded to “VUCA”) describe the type of high-stress, high-demand scenarios that can rapidly degrade one of our most powerful and influential brain systems: our attention. My research team and I study people who regularly experience VUCA conditions as part of their jobs—soldiers, firefighters, organizational leaders, and more. We investigate the powers and vulnerabilities of the attention system, pinpoint the forces that degrade and weaken attention, and look for ways to protect and strengthen it. If the article does not load you can read it here

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Hoarding is a problem only if it becomes a nuisance, say experts

Hoarding is a problem only if it becomes a nuisance, say experts

GEORGE TOWN: The habit of hoarding or gathering things that are not needed is part of obsessive-compulsive disorder and becomes a problem only when the hoarding becomes a nuisance to others and is destructive to oneself, according to mental health experts. Malaysian Mental Health Association chief Dr Andrew Mohanraj said such behaviour could be on a sliding scale between good and bad. If the article does not load you can read it here Remember, if you or someone you know is suffering from hoarding, you can contact us at www.facebook.com/CloudsEndCIC for help. To read more stories like this one, why not

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Human Lending Library: Social Enterprise Changing Lives

Human Lending Library: Social Enterprise Changing Lives

iSE delivers the Human Lending Library in partnership with Expert Impact, matching social entrepreneurs with successful business founders for free advice and mentoring. The Library recently matched Heather Matuozzo, Founding Director of Clouds End CIC, with Karen Lynch, former CEO at Belu Water. Read on for more… Clouds End CIC is a social enterprise like no other, the first in the UK to work with people with compulsive hoarding issues. If the article does not load you can read it here Remember, if you or someone you know is suffering from hoarding, you can contact us at www.facebook.com/CloudsEndCIC for help. To read more stories like this one, why not take a

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