West Kent Mind awarded £40,000 to tackle hoarding by Sevenoaks District Council

West Kent Mind awarded £40,000 to tackle hoarding by Sevenoaks District Council

£40,000 funding awarded £40,000 has been awarded to West Kent Mind by the Sevenoaks District Council. This is an attempt to reduce the number of hoarders in the UK and help those who are in need. The funding has come after images of hoarded homes were released showing unmanageable amounts of clutter. The good news is that the funding will offer a fantastic first step in helping hoarders overcome their hoard. They will have the option of attending a 12 week programme of one-to-one support from West Kent Mind. On the course, people will be given a ‘de-clutter’ buddy who

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150,000 people thought to be at risk of hoarding fire-deaths in Wales

150,000 people thought to be at risk of hoarding fire-deaths in Wales

The risk of fire The risk of fire in a hoarded home is one the highest risk factors for any home. Due to the nature of items that are typically collected by hoarders, it is very easy for a fire to spread rapidly throughout a home. This can trap a home owner within a matter of seconds. At this point it is extremely difficult for rescue services to save them. This is mainly due to how a fire can spread. It’s very easy for the fire to spread through thin materials, such as paper, and trap someone within one room

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H&M is recycling old clothes to help prevent waste build up

H&M is recycling old clothes to help prevent waste build up

A H&M Recycling Initiative H&M launched a new initiative in 2013 which focuses on recycling old clothing. The main goal of the initiative is to ensure that all unwanted clothing, or textile materials, can be reused or recycled. They are accepting any form of old clothing that you might have which can be split into three different categories: Rewear – clothing that can be worn again will be sold as second hand clothes. Reuse – old clothes and textiles will be turned into other products, such as cleaning cloths. Recycling – everything else is turned into textile fibres, and used

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Croydon Council launches group sessions for hoarding support

Croydon Council launches group sessions for hoarding support

Croydon Council Croydon Council have developed and started running support groups for those suffering from hoarding disorder. The group sessions are run over a 12 week period. There is also opportunity for one-to-one sessions with trained counsellors who act as ‘declutter’ buddies help practically and emotionally.”In the group sessions… we actually look at why – why did we start hoarding, why do we find it difficult to get rid of stuff and strategies as to how we might tackle all those difficulties,” says Sarah who attends the group sessions. The one-to-one sessions involve practical measures such as bagging up items,

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How does hoarding disorder affect your neighbours?

How does hoarding disorder affect your neighbours?

The Risk to Neighbours Could you imagine your neighbours suffering from hoarding? As we know hoarding is a condition which is very difficult to manage. It can have a significant and lasting affect on the person who is suffering and their friends and family. However some people who are not always thought of are the person’s neighbours. As a person’s house becomes an increasing health and fire hazard this can have a direct impact on those living next door. Particularly if it is a semi-detached house. As these risks increase it becomes very dangerous for those living in a hoarded

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Crushed by Clutter: South Shore faces prominent hoarding problem

Crushed by Clutter: South Shore faces prominent hoarding problem

South Shore Hoarding Problem South Shore is facing a very prominent hoarding problem which is growing year on year. As we know, hoarding was only recognised as a diagnosable mental disorder just five years ago. Before then it was considered a symptom of obsessive-compulsive-disorder (OCD). There are positive’s to come out of classification of hoarding. That is towns and cities are now starting to generate a lot more intervention & recovery programmes. Hoarded homes provide a unique challenge for the police and firefighters. Hoarded homes are often borderline uninhabitable and gaining access is extremely difficult. As a result people can

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Hoarding: ‘Thousands of homes could be at risk of fire’

Hoarding: 'Thousands of homes could be at risk of fire'

About 670 hoarders are known to Welsh fire services but they estimate up to 150,000 people could have the disorder. Statistics show 25% to 30% of fire deaths are related to hoarding. A leading fire officer in Wales has said extra resources are needed to protect those at risk of death or injury in house fires across Wales. The Welsh Government said it had invested £3m in psychological therapies in Wales in the past two years. Watch the full story below…     Remember, if you or someone you know is suffering from hoarding, you can contact us at www.facebook.com/CloudsEndCIC for

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The secret hoarder

The secret hoarder

A 74-year-old hotel worker’s hoarding has spiralled so far out of control that he now cannot get into one of his homes. Michael Saunders bought his first home 40 years ago and after living there for 20 years, he bought the house two doors down for his mother but shortly after she passed away.  Now the front door and window to one of his West Midlands semi-detached homes is blocked by a seven foot high pile of furniture, bin bags and boxes. The local council had to call in professional help from hoarding specialists Tee and Caz from the N

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Turn Off the Television to Understand Hoarding

Turn Off the Television to Understand Hoarding

The hoarding shows we can’t get enough of have more than one aspect of hoarding wrong, which becomes a serious factor in raising awareness for the situation within communities. The people in the midst of the piles we call clutter are often collectors of items they believe have deep personal value. Collecting these items gives the hoarder a sense of belonging to something, and while people have let him or her down, the collected items will never do that. All the items we see as junk are items that hold personal meaning for the collector.   The Hoarding Lifestyle This

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I was raised by a hoarder – and it affects me to this day

I was raised by a hoarder - and it affects me to this day

Living with hoarding For most of us growing up, we were raised and had what you might call a ‘normal’ childhood. We could freely access all areas of our house without thinking anything of it. Unfortunately some people do not have this luxury. This is due to being forced to grow up in a hoarded home where they can do nothing about it. To them it may seem normal when they are young. As they get older though it can dawn on them that something isn’t quite right. It is interesting then to come across this story. It looks into

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