Hoarding disorder is where someone acquires an excessive number of items and stores them in a chaotic manner, usually resulting in unmanageable amounts of clutter. The items can be of little or no monetary value.
Signs of hoarding can include:
A diagnosis of hoarding disorder can only be made by a specialist medical practitioner but the International OCD Foundation's document below might help you to identify whether you or someone you know might have a problem with hoarding.
Hoarding can significantly increase the chances of having a fire which can lead to serious injuries and damage to property.
If you, or someone you know is struggling with hoarding, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of fire in your home:
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue offer home safety visits to people who are considered to be at particular risk of fire.
If you’re a Berneslai Homes tenant we can provide support and offer a range of specialist, tailored ways to help you successfully maintain your tenancy and enjoy where you live.
You can contact your Neighbourhood Officer direct or contact our Tenants First team for support.
Barnsley Council also provide help to you or anyone you know who is hoarding or has a build up of rubbish or household waste at their property.
If you’re worried about someone else, you can report an issue anonymously or provide details so we can put the right support in place.
If you’re struggling with too much stuff, finding it hard to cope, or hoarding is affecting your life then come along to the D’Clutter Club - a hoarding support group run by Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board.
The group is free to attend and open to friends, family, and supporters and there’s no need to book. All meetings are held at Library @ The Lightbox, The Glass Works, Barnsley Town Centre, Barnsley, S70 1GW from 6 until 8pm each month on Tuesday:
If you’d like to suggest a topic for discussion, please call 07786525988.
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