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Hoarding Support Group

Hoarding by nature is a hidden problem.

Hoarding

“How common is hoarding? About 1 or 2 people in every 100 have a problem with hoarding which seriously affects their life.”

(Royal College of Psychiatrists)

And those are only those cases which have come to light.

Is hoarding an issue or concern for a friend, a family member, a neighbour or even you?

Our Hoarding Support Group is here to help.

Aiming to provide help for those affected in some way by a hoarding disorder, our Hoarding Support Group offers a safe place to speak to others with similar issues and get information and advice.

It was formed in 2018 as a result of collaborative partnership work between Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, the local Council and Vale of Aylesbury Housing. The agencies 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.

Initially the group met regularly at one of our local fire stations, however the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 led to a rethink.

Karen explains: “In response to the COVID-19 restrictions we felt it important to be able to continue supporting our members, so we set up a conference call facility which allows us to link the group together, in a single phone call, while keeping personal numbers hidden.

“This has meant members have been able to continue to discuss their issues together, among those who are experiencing similar problems, and obtain information and opportunities, where appropriate, to support change where desired.

“Getting people together in this way continues to provide a space for them to experience a unique emotional identification with each other and their issues. It also enhances mutual group togetherness, support and friendship, which can reduce the terrible social isolation that can impact upon people with these issues, and help people move forward and gain control over their lives.”

Meeting dates currently scheduled are:

Year
Month
Date
2021
May 13
National Hoarding Awareness Week May

Guest Speaker:

Stephanie Trotter OBE

National Gas Safety Register and Carbon Monoxide awareness

20
May 27
June 10
June 24
July 8
July 22
August 5
August 19
September 2
September 16
September 30
October 14
October 28
November 11
November 25
December 9
2022 January 6

 

Anyone who has issues with hoarding and is interested in joining our telephone meetings is welcome. Sessions start at 5pm and last for 1 hour.

Subject to demand and group capacity, additional sessions may be added.

These meetings are NOT video calls but a link up call so you can hear and talk to Karen and the others who join up by phone and this means that you can speak in privacy.

How to join our Hoarding Group sessions or ask for more information:

Karen Lock is our hoarding support facilitator, and is happy for you to contact her directly, either by email klock@bucksfire.gov.uk or phone 07803 182549.

Please send or leave her a message with your name, contact number and enquiry, and Karen will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you decide to join in the group telephone sessions, you will be asked to confirm by 1pm the day of the meeting, and a telephone number will be sent for you to call to call at the time of the session.

The group is linked by a single phone call. People’s personal phone numbers are kept safe, so that the members can discuss their issues together, amongst those who are experiencing similar problems.

Each call also includes people from partner agencies who can provide information and opportunities, where appropriate, to support change where desired.

Please note, these meetings are NOT video calls but a link up call so you can hear and talk to Karen and the others who join up by phone and this means that you can speak in privacy.