Saturday, 20 May 2017

"Understanding Hoarding" - by Jo Cooke

"Understanding Hoarding" by Jo Cooke is the first book of its kind in the UK that''s been written by a British author (most of the other books about hoarding have originated in the US).

If, like me, your life has been touched or changed by hoarding behaviours and you'd like to understand more about it, then I encourage you to invest in this book - it's been compared to the international works of Steketee, Frost et al, all of whom are experts and published authors on the subject.

Jos' book is easy to read, sensitively written, empathetic and practical, and includes contributions and case studies from hoarders themselves, families of hoarders, professional practitioners, the Fire & Rescue Service and others.

Jo Cooke of
Hoarding Disorders UK CIC
Jo's insight into the world of hoarding comes as a result of being the daughter of a hoarder - as am I.  

It lead her to eventually set up a specialist social enterprise called Hoarding Disorders UK CIC (Community Interest Company) based in Newbury, Berkshire, as well as two (currently) hoarding support groups.

I hadn't read the book prior to it being launched, and have been absolutely delighted by it - it really does live up to one of the reviews on Amazon, written within only two days of the book being published:



"The definitive book on understanding hoarding.   It is both an easy read and beautifully written. It will become the bible for people affected by hoarding. Hoarders themselves, families of hoarders, and people that come into contact with hoarders such as social workers, housing officers, the fire services and many others.

As well as addressing what is hoarding and why people hoard it gives good advice on decluttering and sustainability.

Jo writes in an easy style with a great deal of commonsense, knowledge and passion.Everything you need to know is in this book, the complete guide."  

Very sadly many children of hoarders fall out with their parents; the stuff can tear resentful families apart.

I wish it had been available as I was growing up, so that I could have learned what might be behind my controlling father's habits.  It would have given me the knowledge to look beyond the stuff and work towards developing a stronger and more emotionally rewarding relationship with him. 

In later life he developed Alzheimer's, which made caring for him (and then clearing out his house once he'd died) a time consuming, financially draining and emotional roller coaster of a journey.

Jo very kindly invited me to contribute to "Understanding Hoarding", and has even credited me in the acknowledgement at the beginning, for which I'm truly grateful!  

So I must thank some very special people, without whom my contributions to the book would not have been possible.

Firstly, my client Peter - for allowing me to tell his story.  Next, Sheena Crankson and Felix Pring of FAST Minds ADHD Support Group in Kingston-upon-Thames - for their support in helping me create the diagram (below) for the book.  

It's designed to give people an insight into the thought processes of the ADHD Brain in the context of organising, clutter, disorganisation and hoarding, and has been well received by people with ADHD.

The day after "Understanding Hoarding" was published, a lady who has the condition (as do members of her family) asked if it would be OK to take it to school to show the teachers, to help them understand how difficult and debilitating it can be to have ADHD/ADD.

Members of my local ADHD support group were very excited to see the difficulties they have with clutter and disorganisation shown in picture form (because pictures paint a thousand words).

Heather Matuozzo of Clouds End CIC (founder of the first social enterprise in England specialising in hoarding behaviours) has been a great mentor and friend on my personal and professional development journey, and has also made an invaluable contribution to Jo's book.

And finally, I must thank my late parents - without whom I would not be writing this blog now.

I will always be grateful to Jo Cooke for allowing me to contribute to her wonderful book, and for empowering readers to look at their possessions, other people's possessions and other people's lives differently.  

Because hoarding isn't about the stuff, it's about the people.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Someone asked me recently about what training I've done. So, here are some examples of recent Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training and events I've attended.

May 2017

 March 2017 
  • Attended Emotional Resilience for Practitioners training (Changing Lifecourse Training & Coaching)

April 2016


March 2016 
  • Attended Autism Spectrum Conditions training (Surrey County Council Training Team)

  • Ran a workshop on "How to ask for help if clutter or disorganisation affects your health" - APDO Conference, London

Nov 2015

  • Attended Self-Neglect Awareness training (Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board)
Oct 2015
  • Attended Safeguarding Awareness training (Surrey County Council Skills Academy)

Sept 2015

  • Attended Making Safeguarding Personal - Care Act briefing training (Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board)

June 2015


May 2015    
  • Attended Training - Meeting the needs of Learners with High Functioning Autistic Spectrum Conditions in the Classroom - Level 3, ongoing (Positive Autism Support & Training)
  • Attended Emotion Gyms with a client (First Steps Surrey/Virgin Care/NHS)
    • Communication & Assertiveness 
    • Self Esteem
    • Anxiety
  • Training (Co-presenter) Hoarding Behaviour Awareness Training for Surrey Family Support Services (Empathic Decluttering)
  • Attended Emotion Gyms (with clients) - (NHS Virgin Care) - Mary Frances Trust, Leatherhead
    • Communication & Assertiveness (NHS Virgin Care) - Leatherhead
    • Self-Esteem 
    • Anxiety
Apr 2015

Mar 2015
  • Training - Mental Capacity Act-Awareness (Surrey County Council)
  • Training - Hoarding, Safety & Ethics for Professional Organisers (Yourganize)
  • Training - Dementia Friend training (Dementia Friends)
  • Workshop presenter - Hoarding (apdo-uk Conference)

Feb 2015
  • Training - Care Act 2014 – An Overview (Central Training)

Jan 2015
  • CPD Event - Standardisation & CPD meeting of Prevention, Protection & Safety functions subject matter experts (Fire Service College)

Dec 2014
  • Training - Mental Health First Aid Standard (MHFA)

Nov 2014
  • Training (Co-presenter) - Hoarding Awareness for Professional Organisers (Clouds End CIC)
  • Training - Motivational Interviewing (Central Training)
  • Training - Working with Hard-to-Engage Service Users (Central Training)

Oct 2014

Sep 2014

Jun 2014

Mar 2014
  • Training - Understanding Chronic Disorganization (apdo-uk conference/Yourganize)


Memberships & Committees
Current

Previously














Monday, 9 January 2017

Cherry Rudge & Rainbow Red in the media & newsletters

Cherry Rudge - owner of Rainbow Red - is a pioneer in the UK decluttering and organising industry, and has been raising awareness of the importance of using an holistic, client-centred, empathetic, non-judgemental, non-confrontational, motivational approach to help people affected by clutter since 2011.


Positions held
Here are a few examples of where you'll find her mentioned in newspapers, magazines, articles or interviews:

May 2017
Thanked for her contribution on the acknowledgement page of Jo Cooke's brilliant new book "Understanding Hoarding" (published by Sheldon Press).  

January 2017

Mentioned in an article by journalist Toby Walne that was published in The Mail on Sunday and The NZ Herald.

Sept 2016
Getting organised outdoors - article in House Beautiful magazine 

January 2015
Featured in Age UK Mobility's article on "How to Safely Declutter Your Home".


May 2014
Brooklands Radio - Interview - Just Women - 20-May-2014
Promoting UK Hoarding Awareness Week - attending Parliamentary launch

January 2013
House Beautiful Magazine (Feb 2013 issue) - The Big Declutter (decluttering supplement)

Brooklands Radio - Interview - Fabulous Women Show 
15-Jan-2013 http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk/FabulousWomen/CRudge130115.mp3

October 2013
Cherry's hints and tips are mentioned in an article entitled "Organising Outdoors" in House Beautiful magazine.

November 2012
apdo-uk Newsletter - getting organised for Christmas
http://blog.apdo-uk.co.uk/index.php/2012/11/newsletter-november-2012/

Healthy Planet (charity) - Stuff For Free Event - North London (Waltham Forest) 24-Nov
www.healthyplanet.org/projects/stuff-for-free.aspx

October 2012
Surrey Today - 18-Oct - Transition Ashtead helping people clear out for Christmas
http://www.thisissurreytoday.co.uk/Transition-Ashtead-helping-people-clear-Christmas/story-17108029-detail/story.html#ixzz2LqkNuZy5

September2012
apdo-uk Newsletter - office organisation
http://blog.apdo-uk.co.uk/index.php/2012/09/newsletter-september-2012/






July 2012
apdo-uk Blog - What does it take to get you motivated enough to declutter and get organised?
http://blog.apdo-uk.co.uk/index.php/2012/07/what-does-it-take-to-get-you-motivated-enough-to-declutter-and-get-organised/

June 2012
apdo-uk Newsletter - L of a lesson to beat moving day hell
http://blog.apdo-uk.co.uk/index.php/2012/06/newsletter-june-2012/







April 2012
Anxiety UK (charity) website - Announcing partnership with apdo-uk
http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/2012/04/anxiety-uk-announces-new-partnership/









March 2012
Snapshot from the YouTube video showing Cherry (APDO's then Marketing & Partnerships Officer) addressing attendees at their annual conference.

February 2012
Serene Healing Blog - Feng Shui & "Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management"
http://www.serenehealing.co.uk/2012/02/feng-shui-mrs-beetons-book-of-household-management/

March 2011
Radio Wey interview on The Wonderful Wacky Wireless Radio Show - Carers Week
https://soundcloud.com/#jandytimes/show-trailer-for-the-wonderful-wacky-wireless-show