YOUR LIVING ROOM CIC

A COMPANY YOU CAN TRUST.


 Directors: Harry Beer (L), Diane Boyd (C), Danny Gatehouse (R)

Directors: Harry Beer (L), Diane Boyd (C), Danny Gatehouse (R)

Your Living Room CIC (Community Interest Company), providing all our clients with a peace of mind knowing that we are:

  • Fully insured
  • Registered
  • Have a waste carriers licence
  • A member of the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers
  • All staff have an enhanced DBS clearance check

Your Living Room aims to deliver a person centred service, to residents throughout Essex, that is accessible to all. Our vision is to make a home as functional, comfortable and organised as possible, according to the preferences and personality of the individual client, whilst improving their quality of life and maintaining their dignity.

Our fully trained practitioners work closely with the client’s family/guardians, social landlords, floating support and social care as part of the multi-agency approach, looking to ensure that a realistic ‘aftercare support plan’ is agreed and maintained for the client, beyond the decluttering process.

Your Living Room’s optional ‘aftercare’  service would aim to ensure that the client is not only able to return to living, in a safe, manageable and agreeable existence but can also access additional support e.g.: a person-centred BACP counsellor, qualified therapist or attend our User-led forum if appropriate.

We encourage clients to be involved in the decision making process throughout as it helps to achieve their ‘vision of a good life’ and re-establishes their independence going forward.


HARRY BEER

Director


Decluttering is a passion for Harry and for him, being co-director of Your Living Room is a dream come true and one that was years in the making.

Harry grew up in a creative but chaotic environment. One of eight children, his father was a scientist who filled the house with books and inventions. His mother was an enthusiastic collector who, as a war-baby, tended not to throw things away, believing everything would come in useful one day. Maybe it was a kind of gentle rebellion that he grew up loving order… “It’s not obsessive; I just want to know where things are when I need them”.

Harry spent nearly 20 years in radio production - national and local, commercial and BBC. Highlights of that time include trips to Hong Kong, South Africa and producing the first ever phone-in featuring the Prime Minister and Chancellor at the same time.

In 2013, Harry and his family moved to Essex where he worked for Colchester Borough Council developing projects to help prevent homelessness. At the same time he was decluttering voluntarily including through TimeBank via Colchester Community Voluntary Services.

The first person he worked with told him it kept him from a mental breakdown. Other clients followed, word spread and other agencies started to refer cases.

“It was like pushing on an open door. Hoarding affects at least 5 percent of the population. There’s a great deal of demand for decluttering and no one else in Essex is offering a person-centred service like this.”

An organisation called Inspire2Enterprise gave free advice and guidance and later Colne Housing kindly helped with start-up costs through its Community Builders Fund.

Your Living Room CIC was incorporated on 6th March 2015. By that November it had three directors. Weeks later they moved into their first office and started recruiting.

I love the work. Nothing could be more satisfying than helping people lead happier lives and make the most of their homes.
— Harry

DIANE BOYD

DIRECTOR


From the year 2000 Diane’s life took a dramatic change. Through the offer of taking redundancy, from being an HR Specialist working in a national retail organisation to the opportunity of working with young teenagers who had experienced total disruption in their lives, disengaged from education or had been let down by the care system. She was hooked!

This started a long love affair with working in the Third Sector and learning never to be shocked and being totally open minded about any situation she was confronted with.

Disrupted lives, desperation, sadness, loneliness and total despair, these are just some of the situations that she was faced with.

Diane’s main focus over the last 15 years has been as a Project Development Manager and Fundraiser within the charity sector, where she has successfully raised significant revenue to develop major community initiatives.

Developed, coached and managed high performance teams of staff and volunteers; she is continually motivated by an endless passion for excellence and a very organised person, with a strong work ethic.

Diane also held the position of Community Builder until March 2016, which was based at Citizens Advice within the Tendring community, using innovative and effective ways to unite communities, whilst developing initiatives to save on the public purse.

A member of the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Consulting, her specialisms are in project development, troubleshooting, partnership work, fundraising, organisational development, team leadership and event management.

When she was approached to be involved in ‘Your Living Room’ the excitement just grew.

Thinking of all the ways that the three of us could support our clients and link into our vast network of contacts, that we have developed between us over the years, it speedily became a done deal and an exciting prospect!
— Diane

DANNY GATEHOUSE

DIRECTOR


Danny served with Essex Fire and Rescue Service since 1989, serving many years as a Firefighter and held the position of Community Development Officer. His role involved responsibility as a Community Builder throughout the county utilising his expertise in Asset Based Community Development to develop community partnerships. Danny brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion to ‘Your Living Room’.

Danny’s responsibilities in the Fire Service included:

  • Represented the service on the Adult Safeguarding Board
  • Represented the Service on the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordats throughout the county
  • Represented the Service on Community Safety Partnerships throughout the county
  • Represented the Service on the Pan Essex Dementia Alliance & Qualified Dementia Champion
  • Qualified Restorative Justice Facilitator
  • Member of the Essex Community Resilience Forum

Danny sat on the Essex Community Budget/Public service reform unit and was the originator of the Parish Safety Volunteers, a voluntary partnership between communities and the Fire and Police services in Essex, that deliver a complete home safety advice package. Danny is a true believer in a person centred approach to the resolution of hoarding and decluttering. Serving his local community, Danny is a member of the Rochford Youth Strategy Group and is a qualified youth worker.

I am a true believer in a person centred approach to the resolution of hoarding and decluttering. Being an experienced trainer in my field, I am looking forward to developing a network of true professionals across the county and beyond.
— Danny