Hoarding behaviours can be caused by a range of factors and can affect people in entirely different ways. Often, people don't even know that they have a hoarding disorder until it becomes a problem.
We run a hoarding support group, with Hoarding Disorders UK, a not-for-profit community interest company. This group meets once per month in Bracknell, or over the phone.
Know someone with hoarding behaviours?
If you're concerned about someone you know who shows hoarding behaviours, it's really important to approach them sensitively and without judgement. If you need some help with this, we have put together a useful guide on some of the 'do's and don'ts' of talking to someone with hoarding behaviours.
Hoarding safety tips
Fires in homes where hoarding takes place are more hazardous to the occupant, their neighbours and firefighters.
Your local fire and rescue service will offer free safety visits for people with hoarded homes.
Concerned about someone with hoarding behaviours? Help them with this advice:
- Plan and practise the escape from their home in the event of a fire and encourage them to keep this route clear of possessions
- In the event of a fire, advise them that they must not attempt to put it out themselves. They should get out, stay out and call 999 without stopping on their way out to collect possessions
- Encourage them to make it a priority to keep their cooking area clear
- They must not place items on, or close to, heaters, lamps or other electrical equipment
- If they smoke, make sure they use a proper ashtray that won’t burn and that it is placed on a flat, stable surface so that it can’t tip over easily
- Newspapers and mail stored in bulk are highly combustible and will cause a fire to spread rapidly. Encourage them to sort
mail and newspapers on the day they receive them and recycle them on a regular basis
- Check whether possessions are stored on stable surfaces and that items aren’t stacked to a height that they become unstable – they could fall over blocking their escape
- Make sure they have working smoke alarms and that they test them every week
- If they use candles/tea lights ensure that they use heat resistant holders that hold them firmly and that they are
placed on a flat, stable, heat resistant surface. They must keep candles/tea lights away from anything that can catch fire, and never leave them unattended.
Try to keep all these documents in an easily accessible place (if you have them):
- Annual tax returns
- Birth certificate
- Car information
- Divorce papers
- Driving Licence
- House deeds, mortgages, bills of sale
- Insurance documents
- Marriage certificate
- National Insurance Number
- NHS Number
- Pension Documents
- Year-end statements for investment
Bracknell hoarding support group
Bracknell hoarding support group
At the Bracknell hoarding support group, you can:
- Learn practical ways to cope with hoarding habits
- Share ideas and experiences with other people affected by hoarding
Anyone affected by hoarding or who knows someone who hoards is welcome to attend a support and advice group. The group is non-judgmental, confidential and supportive, giving advice and practical solutions.
Dates and times
The hoarding support group will be held on the following dates:
Wednesday 9 September 2020, 7pm – 8pm
Wednesday 14 October 2020, 7pm – 8pm
|Wednesday 11 November 2020, 7pm – 8pm|
Wednesday 9 December 2020, 7pm – 8pm
How to join
Joining the hoarding support group is easy, convenient and can be done from the comfort of your own home - you don't even have to book your place.
You can join by entering these details into your phone when the session starts:
Dial: 0330 336 0036