Chronic Disorganisation & Hoarding Specialist
Life-Pod is a social enterprise who's aim is to help people affected by hoarding and other conditions that result in clutter and disorganisation. We understand the complex issues surrounding hoarding behaviour, which is why we adopt a person-centred approach to providing long-term solutions. We do not condone enforced clearouts. Our guiding principle is first, do no harm.
We provide pragmatic and hands-on support for people in their home. Our main focus is on improving people's health, safety and well-being. We work in partnership with clients, helping them to understand their difficulties and support them to make positive changes in their lives. We recognise and celebrate human diversity and respond with care and compassion to every individual client.
We deliver a range of *accredited training courses - primarily for professionals in the housing, health and social care sectors. As well as open courses, we run in-house sessions that can be tailored to meet the specific needs of a team or organisation.
(*Joint Award between Life-Pod CIC and Royal Environmental Health Institute Scotland.)
Chronic Disorganisation is defined by Judith Kolberg as "the result of the bad fit between people who organise unconventionally and the very conventional organising methods which exist for them to use." Chronic disorganisation may be caused by a number of different factors, including neurological conditions, mental health issues, and addictions.
Life events such as bereavement, moving home, or becoming a full-time carer can sometimes create situational disorganisation and people find themselves in clutter or chaos for a period of time.
We can work with you and help to identify solutions, strategies, resources and relief from this temporary situation.
Coaching is rapidly gaining worldwide acceptance as part of a comprehensive treatment program for the increasing numbers of adults diagnosed with ADH/D. Coaching is a collaborative process in which the coach and client work together to help the client reach his or her potential. We support clients to create a ‘life that fits’ - by not trying to fit square pegs into round holes!
We understand that clearing out alone won’t ‘cure’ hoarding; it needs an emotional, practical and therapeutic approach - which is why we often work in collaboration with related professionals in housing, health and social care - to ensure a client receives all the support they need.
following enforced clear-outs
We support family and friends by helping them to realise that the ‘stuff’ is only a symptom of another issue. We help them to understand that hoarding is a complex condition, often rooted in trauma or related to anxiety or another mental health condition. We are empathetic and we know how important it is for family and friends of someone who hoards to have someone who will listen to them with respect and without judgement.
Helping People Who Hoard
Introduction to MI
This is a really refreshing course to attend. I feel it has been well prepared and thoroughly researched. Facilitator is clearly passionate and committed. Pitched at a good level for social work staff.
A very enjoyable and worthwhile training session. I will take back a more effective way to approach various hoarding issues within my service.
I found the training session extremely useful - it gave me a greater understanding of hoarding and how to support someone with hoarding behaviours in their home.
I have to say that this is some of the best training I have ever had. The quality of handouts was excellent and really addressed the issues of psychology behind hoarding and how to approach interventions.
people have attended our training sessions to date