Hoarding group provides advice and support

Wed 6 Feb, 2019

Pictures showing examples of hoarding

Is hoarding an issue for a friend, a family member, a neighbour or even you? The Hoarding Support Group is here to help, providing you with a safe place to speak to others with similar issues and get information and advice.

The group has been formed as a result of collaborative partnership work between Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, Aylesbury Vale District Council and Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust. 

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 hoarding issues, obtain peer support, information and advice. 

Hoarders are people who are unable to dispose of excess or unused belongings, to the point where 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."

The group's meetings this year will take place on the Thursdays below from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. The February and March meetings will be held at Unit 7, which is behind Aylesbury Fire Station and Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's Headquarters in Stocklake, Aylesbury, HP20 1BD.

From April onwards, meetings will be held at Haddenham Fire Station, Stanbridge Road, Haddenham, HP17 8JF.

  • 21 February
  • 21 March
  • 18 April
  • 16 May
  • 13 June
  • 18 July
  • 15 August
  • 19 September
  • 17 October
  • 21 November
  • 12 December

For more information, email Elaine Hassall at ehassall@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk.