£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 will help with the clear out and organising the home.
A council spokesman said: “Hoarding is a disorder where someone acquires an excessive number of usually worthless items and stores them in a chaotic manner, resulting in unmanageable amounts of clutter.
“It has only recently been recognises as a mental illness, with one or two people in every 100 affected.”
Help on the horizon?
One of the main reasons for a lack of hoarding support is the lack of understanding of the illness. Hoarding has not long been classified as it’s own mental illness and as a result, people don’t know a lot about it. This is why funding such as this is so important. Not only will it help hoarders in that area, it just shows that once people know about the condition they realise people can’t live like this.
That is why it is essential for us to continue raising awareness of hoarding. Just by releasing the pictures below, Sevenoaks Council allocated £40,000 to help support hoarders. Imagine if this was happening all over the UK. Just by educating people about hoarding and letting them see the effect it has can have a massive impact on the support that people receive. Let’s continue raising awareness and trying to get as many council’s on board as possible to help tackle hoarding!
Read on to find out more about West Kent Mind and some of the photos that were released…
Remember, if you or someone you know is suffering from hoarding, you can contact us at www.facebook.com/CloudsEndCIC for help.
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