Is hoarding an issue or concern for a friend, a family member, a neighbour or even you? The Hoarding Support Group is here to help.
Following the successful hoarding conference in Aylesbury earlier this month, the Bucks based Hoarding Support Group has released its meeting dates for this year.
Aiming to provide help for those affected in some way by a hoarding disorder, the group offers a safe place to speak to others with similar issues, and get information and advice.
It has been formed as a result of collaborative partnership work between Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, Aylesbury Vale District Council and Vale of Aylesbury Housing.
Together they identified a need for a confidential peer support group to enable those who hoard, or family, friends or carers who support hoarders, to discuss the condition, obtain peer support, information and advice.
Hoarding disorder is where someone is unable to dispose, discard or part with excess possessions or unused belongings, to the point at which they are storing so many items that their living space becomes cramped. Estimates suggest that more than a million people in the UK may have hoarding issues.
Karen Lock, from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s community safety team, said: “There are many risks associated with hoarding, including those related to fire safety.”
“High levels of clutter make it much easier for a fire to start and create a greater risk of fire spreading, increasing the risk of injury and death.”
“It can also makes it very difficult to escape and can lead to difficulties for Firefighters tackling the blaze.”
Please note: Due to the COVID-19 restrictions we have changed our meeting schedule and are operating conference call meetings instead.
The group’s upcoming telephone link meetings are taking place:
Thursday 14 May 2020 5pm to 6pm
Thursday 28 May 2020 5pm to 6pm
Thursday 11 June 2020 5pm to 6pm
Thursday 25 June 2020 5pm to 6pm
Anyone who has issues with hoarding and is interested in joining the telephone meetings is asked to contact Elaine Hassall at firstname.lastname@example.org.