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Hoarding Awareness Week 2024


Hoarding Landscape

Understanding Hoarding

It's Hoarding Awareness Week (13 - 17 May), and we’re lifting the lid on hoarding to help everyone to understand it.

Hoarding is a complex mental health condition. Those affected cannot discard or part with things without feeling extremely distressed.

Our Tenancy Support Team specialise in working with people who hoard. We can provide support to help them manage the condition and help them regain control of their home.

When there's emotional attachment to things, it's hard to let them go.

How can we help?

We can offer support to MCC tenants who are struggling. We use our specialist training around trauma to really get to know them. We don’t focus on the ‘stuff’ in their home, we get to the root of the issue.

If you recognise any if this either in yourself or a family member, get in touch with us. It could be the first step towards taking control.

Get in touch with our Tenancy Support Team

Events to help...

  • Brochure Obsessed (1)

    Friday 17 May @ 7:30pm

    OBSESSED - Exploring experiences of OCD, grief, hoarding and race. 


    Following Meghan, someone who knows pretty much everything about Beyonce, Hunger Games, Zac Efron and BTS, but who also finds that other 'obsessions' make their way to the surface, Obsessed is the semi-autobiographical debut play by Lauren Yvonne Townsend based on her experiences living with OCD.

    This brand-new work has been commissioned by The Lowry through its Artist Development Programme 'Developed with The Lowry' and is also supported by Arts Council England.

    Location: Manchester Communications Academy (2 Silchester Dr, Manchester M40 8NT)

    Date: Friday 17th May

    Time: 7:30 – 8:30pm

    Duration: 1 hr (30 minutes performance + 30 minutes discussion with creative team)

    Age: 16+ (Contains Strong Language)

    Access Information 

    • Ear defenders, ear plugs and fidget toys available. 
    • Wheelchair accessible 


  • Hoarding

    Friday 31st May @ 10am

    SMASH OPEN Workshop: Hoarding/ Landfill of Memories


    Landfill of Memories workshop by Susana Amato, challenges misconceptions about hoarding and tackles her own struggles armed with a shredder. Susana, a self- described hoarder since the age of 8 has kept a shrine of memories after she experiences a life shattering bereavement. In this workshop you are invited to bring personal items along and get them shredded!

    This event is being presented as part of SICK! Festival’s SMASH! OPEN programme. An introduction to our SMASH! year-round mental health arts programme which aims to help to improve how you feel and provide opportunities to meet others facing similar challenges.

    Location: No. 93 Wellbeing Centre (93 Church Ln, Manchester M9 5BG)

    Date: Friday 31st May

    Time: 10:30 – 12:30pm

    Duration: 2 hrs