Hoarding charity Jigsaw have moved into Mansfield Fire Station as the station has opened the doors to provide a room to work from.
Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs
Clients of the charity can attend the station for meetings and support is provided at the home of the individual.
The Jigsaw Support Scheme are working with Nottinghamshire County Council to help tackle hoarding in the Mansfield & Ashfield areas. The work is also being expanded into Newark and Sherwood.
Hoarding is without a doubt a community safety issue as it can cause a fire risk and can impact on levels of community cohesion.
Hoarding affects 1.5 -6 percent of the population and not only has an impact on the individuals but also has an impact on their immediate family, friends and neighbours.
Their service provides:
- To act as co-therapy workers alongside other professionals
- Make time to discuss challenges and what is holding them back
- Make referrals to other necessary agencies
- Support to gain access to Health and Social Care services
- Support to achieve house clearing, household budgeting, debts, rent arrears
Alison Waring, who runs the hoarding project said "We thank the Service for the space, we currently have 25 individuals in Ashfield and 30 individuals in Mansfield who have active cases but hoarding is never cured so we also work with historical cases and people are always allowed to return to us.
"80% of hoarders are men and there are a lot of ex-serviceman who suffer from the disorder. It is believed a trigger of trauma can cause the initial issue.
"We are proud to say that we are one of only three hoarding charities in UK working with Oxford University. We are conducting a study with them that will last a year.
Jigsaw Co-Chair Amanda Woolley" The difference in people can be seen, even after an hour, they know that we are non-judgemental and they give us their trust. People trust things over people and we are helping to change that view."
Station Manager Andy Turner said "We are proud to host Jigsaw and we support their work. It is impressive to see them in action. It is evident that relationship building is the first thing they focus on. We do the same with safe and well visits, we make a connection and then assess and provide support as you walk through the door"
Tracey Straw, District Prevention Officer said "When we discover a hoarder it is great to know that we have a charity based close by that can help with referrals. This way we can walk down the corridor and ask the team at Jigsaw. The same in reverse they can contact us for a safe and well visit and we can help with escape plans or providing smoke alarms. "