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Hoarding support group for Dorset residents

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Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWF&RS) Safe and Well Advisor Michelle White, has set up a support group to help those living with hoarding behaviour.

Working with BCP Council, Poole Housing Partnership and Sovereign Housing, the group offers a place for individuals and families affected by hoarding to share concerns, challenges, and successes. There will be support with practical help and the ability to share feelings relating to hoarding behaviour and gain a better understanding for all.

We all keep things we don’t really need. Some of us have more possessions than we have storage for. But hoarding is a complex issue that goes far beyond untidiness or indecisiveness.

Hoarders can fill entire rooms from floor to ceiling, leaving themselves the minimum space in which to live. This retention of belongings presents a real fire risk and makes it far harder for firefighters to be able to tackle any blaze and delay an occupant’s escape.

Michelle said: “Hoarding is a mental health illness and there are very limited support networks for people living with this condition. I see people on a weekly basis who experience different levels of hoarding and felt that a support group was needed. I am so pleased that our partner agencies have been able to support this project.”

The sessions will be held on the first Tuesday of each month starting on 5 April, at Trinidad Village, Rossmore Road, Poole from 5.00pm-6:30pm, with support from BCP Council, Poole Housing Partnership and Sovereign Housing.

The group is for anyone who is affected by hoarding and their family members, the group will be confidential, a non-judgemental environment promoting help to people to help themselves, with the offer of advice and support on practical solutions.

For more information, please call DWF&RS Safe and Well team on 0800 038 232, or email safeandwell@dwfire.org.uk

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