Life-Pod is a social enterprise that helps people who are affected by hoarding and other conditions that result in clutter and disorganisation.
Hoarding Disorder is a complex mental health condition affecting 4-6% of the population. People who hoard require understanding and empathy to help them develop new behaviours to deal with their excess belongings.
Our training explores evidence-based interventions, and draws on the experiences of the participants in developing skills to work with people who hoard.
This training programme is essential for professionals in housing, NHS, social care and support services, and will equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to help people affected by clutter, disorganisation and hoarding.
They understand the complex issues surrounding hoarding behaviour, which is why Life-Pod adopts a person-centred approach to providing long-term solutions. They do not condone enforced clearouts. Their guiding principle is first, do no harm.
They provide pragmatic and hands-on support for people in their home. Their main focus is on improving people's health, safety and well-being.
Life-Pod works in partnership with clients, helping them to understand their difficulties and support them to make positive changes in their lives.
They support people affected by clutter and hoarding by providing practical ‘hands on’ help – using a non-judgemental and person-centred approach. They would never force a client to let go of anything they are not ready to, or work at a pace that is too challenging for them. Clearing a cluttered home takes time and patience, and Life-Pod believes that developing a compassionate and trusting relationship with a client is vital to achieving long-term success.
Clearing out alone won’t ‘cure’ hoarding; it needs an emotional, practical and therapeutic approach - which is why they often work in collaboration with related professionals in housing, health and social care - to ensure a client receives all the support they need.
Family and friends are often the first people to get in touch with Life-Pod about a loved one who hoards. Family and friends can become frustrated following failed attempts to help their loved one; they often feel helpless and do not know what else they can do to help.
Recently, they have announced a new Joint Award with The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) that provides a certified learning pathway for hoarding practice.
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