We’re supporting National Hoarding Awareness Week this week, to help raise awareness around hoarding and encourage those who may be affected to get support.
Hoarding is an often misunderstood condition which affects around 1.2 million people across the country. This week we’ll be sharing information on our Facebook and Twitter pages about hoarding and dispelling some of the common misconceptions around it.
Hoarding is a medical condition and is often caused by untreated anxiety or depression. Some common signs of hoarding include:
- keeping or collecting items that may have little or no monetary value, such as junk mail and carrier bags, or items they intend to reuse or repair
- struggling to manage everyday tasks, such as cooking, cleaning and paying bills
- having poor relationships with family or friends
- a lack of personal or professional visitors to the home
- window blinds or curtains continually drawn
- very regular deliveries to the home
On our new webpage we’re sharing more information about hoarding as well as where those affected can go for support.
Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: “National Hoarding Awareness Week is all about helping people to better understand hoarding. It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness of what hoarding is, the misconceptions around it, and how we can support those who are affected. If anyone is affected by hoarding, or they know someone who is, please do get in touch with our team – there’s plenty of support available.”
Our Housing Team can support anyone displaying hoarding behaviours, regardless of the property tenure or location in the borough, where the behaviour is impacting negatively on the person’s health and wellbeing, living conditions or affecting a neighbouring home. If you are worried about someone you know, there’s more information on support and how to contact us on our new webpage.
You can find more information about hoarding and self-neglect on our new webpage.