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May 12th, 2017

Niblock are proudly supporting National Hoarding Awareness Week (15 – 19 May 2017).

Our aim is to raise awareness and encourage contractors to show empathy to residents with hoarding behaviour. Hoarding is the persistent difficulty in discarding personal possessions, including those with apparently limited value, due to strong urges to save the items, distress and indecision. These accumulated possessions fill up and clutter active living areas to the extent that their intended use is no longer possible. Clutter can even spill over to communal areas and affect neighbours. It is a very misunderstood and complex issue that affects the individual, their family and the surrounding community. Whilst some hoarders have good insight into the problems caused by their behaviour, other sufferers can be reluctant to seek help for their problems. Through increasing public awareness and improving identification, we can help sufferers receive help.

Hoarding is a secretive issue that can affect anyone – from all socio-economic, age and ethnic groups. It is estimated that hoarding affects 2-5% of the population.

Without intervention, the risks associated with hoarding can be harmful to the person, their relationships, families and neighbours. It can lead to an increased risk of:

  • House fires
  • Infestations
  • Tripping/falls
  • Social isolation
  • Access challenges for emergency services
  • Child protection issues
  • Tenancy agreement breaches resulting in evictions
  • Anxiety, depression and stress

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In conjunction with Amicus Horizon, we are also asking everyone to ‘push the button’ and save a life – a national campaign to test smoke alarms. Amicus Horizon hosted a tool box talk at Niblock Electrical Services’ head office.