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Intnl.: UK

Do you have a resource or any other information at all to share in the UK?
Please post about it in the comment section below, thank you!

Animal Hoarding:

We aren’t aware of any specialized resources in the UK for animal hoarding right now, but below are good sources of information in the US that may help lead you to find resources in your area:



Assessment & Measurement Tools:



Information about Hoarding Disorder:



Hoarding Disorder related organizations/sites based in the UK:

  • NHS website with information about hoarding
  • Hoarding Help U.K.: Hoarding has been a hidden disorder for many years, with recent media coverage of hoarding has also increased awareness and interest among sufferers, family members, and professional practitioners who often deal with the problem on a daily basis. The aim of this website is to provide a comprehensive resource of up-to-date information about compulsive hoarding and available cleaning support with in the United Kingdom.
  • Helpforhoarders.co.uk: Help for hoarders and their families, by Jasmine Harman of the documentary, “My Hoarder Mum & Me.”
  • Hoarding UK: At the present time Hoarding UK is providing informal advocacy on behalf of clients.  This can mean anything from providing information to people affected by Compulsive Hoarding, including professionals , family and friends.
  • OCD Action is the largest national charity focusing on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD, work to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and frontline healthcare workers, and strive to secure a better deal for people with OCD.
  • UK Website about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and its symptoms
  • OCD UK
  • Cluttergone
  • Our aim is to provide an information service for those who have a problem with clutter and compulsive hoarding along with their families, friends, healthcare professionals and researchers. Related article: Heather Matuozzo has formed Clouds End-a Community Interest Company to help hoarders.


Cleaning Companies-Hoarded Environments:

  • Hoarding Help U.K. offers a hoarding remediation service to all councils, housing officers and all other professional practitioners (Provided by Atkins H.S.R. Ltd).


•Additional crisis cleaning/hoarding related
•Want to break into the hoarded home cleaning business?

•Hoarder Home Specialist Course




The list below is from Help For Hoarders UK:

  • Satwant Singh runs a monthly hoarder’s treatment group in East London, click here for details
  • Ask your GP for contact details of local Psychiatrists and Psychologists who specialise in hoarding.
  • You can get reduced priced therapies with no waiting lists by joining www.anxietyuk.org.uk/get-help and they also have a helpline open Mon-Fri 09.30-17.30 Tel: 08444 775 774
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be helpful in changing your thought process with regard to hoarding. To find a therapist in your area go to www.cbtregisteruk.com or ask your Doctor.
  • A Hypnotherapist may be able to help you communicate with your subconscious for lasting change. You can find one near you on www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com. If you would like to experience hypnosis download this free relaxation mp3 by Robin Hobson.
  • Martina Papmeyer has set up the website www.changehoarding.org and a hoarding support group in Edinburgh
  • Health kinesiology is a gentle energy technique that works on the mental, emotional, Spiritual and physical aspects of challenges that we face. For a full a list of practitioners go to www.hk4health.co.uk. Joanne Davies works as a Health Kinesiologist in west London Tel: 07890 192 531.


Image source-My Mother’s Garden Documentary

*seeking info

Elder & hoarding related info & news stories



Fire Departments Specially Trained for Hoarded Structures/Related:
Currently we don’t know of any specialized training in this area. Here’s what they are doing in Arizona though-hooray AZ!

Maricopa County firefighters practice battling fires in hoarder homes.
Watch the video.

Fire & safety hoarding related news stories


Hoarding Task Forces & Related Services:

  • Clouds End CIC
    Clouds End has been formed to address this problem – working firstly with hoarders themselves in their homes but also with social services, housing associations, landlords, Primary Care Trusts (PCT’s) and anyone who comes into contact with hoarding situations that are creating problems.


Please also check the two sites* above who may have more current listings than we do at the present time.


Professional Organizers:

The Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers UK
APDO-UK was founded in 2004 in response to a growing nationwide interest in clutter-free living. Our founders recognised that it was difficult for people to know where to find decluttering help, and that professionals in the decluttering and organising industry needed their own UK association. As our network has grown, and the organising industry develops its services and skills, apdo-uk continues to work on behalf of our members to raise awareness, provide resources and advice, and advertise on their behalf.


Excerpt from: Professional Organizers & Hoarding Clients

  • by Cristina Sorrentino Schmalisch, PhD, LICSW

Professional organizers can provide important help for clients who are getting mental health treatment for hoarding. Very few mental health providers make home visits and even those who do can usually only provide limited visits (for example, once per month). Working with a professional organizer can give clients critical hands-on help with their hoarded items. Ideally, the professional organizer would contact the therapist and work with them to help the client’s hoarding symptoms.

Some professional organizers have specialized training in working with hoarding or related problems, such as chronic disorganization (CD). This specialized Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) provides information about CD and trains professionals to work effectively with this problem. However, CD is not the same as hoarding because a person may be chronically disorganized without having hoarding (for example, because of current depression or attention deficit disorder). In contrast, most people who hoard do have CD. The ICD provides contact information for professional organizers with different levels of expertise in working with CD (www.challengingdisorganization.org). The National Association of Professional Organizers provides contact information for the broader group of professional organizers and also provides training opportunities.


The ICD offers a variety of resources to help both people who are challenged by chronic disorganization and the professionals who work with them:

  • The Code of Ethics provides guidelines for professionals and also helps potential clients know what to expect of an ethical organizer
  • The Useful Links section provides links to outside organizations that offer information and assistance to chronically disorganized people
  • The ICD Clutter-Hoarding Scale is a free assessment tool to help professional organizers and related professionals evaluate the health and safety aspect of clutter/hoarding situations
  • The FAQs section provides answers to questions the public might have about chronic disorganization and the ICD
  • The ICD is involved in collaborative research projects relating to chronic disorganization. The Research Projects section describes that work.
  • Additional reading from the ICD

•Want to break into the organizing business & help hoarding clients?
•The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers
(BCPO®) (certifying body whose charter is to increase the professionalism of the organizing industry)



Support Groups, In-person-Family Members of Hoarders:

  • A small group of COH meet up casually in London-please contact info@childrenofhoarders.com for more information.

Support Groups, Online-Family Members of Hoarders:
Helpforhoarders.co.uk: Help for hoarders and their families, by Jasmine Harman of the documentary, “My Hoarder Mum & Me.”


Support Groups, In-person-Hoarders:


  • London

Hoarding self-help support group in the UK
Currently, there is only ONE self-help support group in the whole of the UK.  Run as part of OCD Action, it is professionally led by Satwant Singh who is a nurse consultant in CBT and Mental Health and a specialist in this field.  He is donating his time and the meeting is open to those with obsessive hoarding issues, their families, friends and carers.
The group meets from 6 – 8pm on the last Wednesday of the month in East Ham, East London.  More details on the OCD Action website. Contact: Satwant Singh, hoarding.satwant@gmail.com

Support Groups, Online-Hoarders:
Helpforhoarders.co.uk: Help for hoarders and their families, by Jasmine Harman of the documentary, “My Hoarder Mum & Me.”
Anxiety Care UK, Online Group temporarily suspended
Hoarding Help U.K. online support group & Forum



Manual for Facilitating a Support Group
from the IOCDF, if you’d like to start a group in your area!


Treatment Centers/Clinics for Hoarders:

We aren’t aware of any at this time in this area


Additional Information/Resources:

  • August 27, 2009:Genetic factors contribute to at least half of all compulsive hoarding, a new study suggests.  In the first twin study to examine hoarding, investigators at the Institute of Psychiatry in London in the United Kingdom found that genetics accounted for approximately 50% of the variance in compulsive hoarding and that rates among male twins (4.1%) were double those in female twins.
  • Research Participants Sought:Dr David Mataix-Cols, PH.D, is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and is spearheading research into Hoarding Disorder. He is advisor to the DSM-5 Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Sub-Work Group of the Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum, Post-Traumatic, and Dissociative Disorders Work Group which is campaigning for Hoarding Disorder to be recognised as a genuine mental disorder. To take part in his research, please contact him via email david.mataix-cols@kcl.ac.uk
  • Hoarding Research: Participants needed for a research study on Hoarding: Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
    Our aim is to find out if the proposed criteria for hoarding disorder in the DSM-V are reliable and valid. We would also like to know more about the relationship between hoarding and OCD and hoarding and collecting. We are looking for volunteers who have hoarding symptoms with OCD and without OCD. The study consists of some paper and pencil questionnaires and a semi-structured interview, which will take approximately 1.5-2 hours. You will receive 15 pounds for your time. The interview can either be done as a home visit to those living in London or at the Institute of Psychiatry, Denmark Hill. If you are interested in participating or would like any further information, please feel free to contact Danielle by email: iopresearchstudy@gmail.com or on 07963 455 512. This research has been given ethics approval by PNM RESC, King’s College London. “



News Articles/Media:

2/15/12 Daily Mail
Art is just rubbish!
Artist showcases 10,000 items hoarded by his mother over 50 years (including bits of old soap and empty toothpaste tubes)

22 December 2011
The rise of hoarding

By Sophie Robehmed BBC News Magazine



General hoarding related news articles in our archives/all areas, if you’d like to see how the reporting has changed (and readers comments) with all the recent awareness about Hoarding Disorder:

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