Special Offer - Half Day Hoarding Awareness Course!

LIMITED OFFER between 1st September and 30th November 2019

(light lunch will also be included in the price if attending the half day Hoarding Awareness ‘in-house’ course at The Black Barn)

Taking bookings now for Wednesday Course dates between 0930-1pm on:

9th October

16th October

4th December

15th January 2020

12th February 2020

Limited free parking is available which will need to be pre-booked before the course date. 

Terms and conditions must signed and returned 30 days prior to the course date with full payment. 

No refunds available but if you have to cancel we will transfer your money to another date of your choosing 

(This is dependant on availability)

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‘Welcome to my World’

This is a poem written by one our clients that attend our Manningtree User-led support group who has kindly allowed us to share this with you:


Clutter, clutter, everywhere
And hardly any floor.
I really must throw some things out ...
No room for any more.

I never used to be like this,
I hate what I've become.
I must get on with sorting stuff ...
Not sit here on my bum!

My wardrobes need downsizing,
I have too many clothes.
Half of them don't even fit ...
I'm too fat, heaven knows!

Why have I still got high-heeled shoes?
I've not worn them in years.
They kill my feet and hurt my back,
And nearly cause me tears.

I've got so many toiletries,
Where did they all come from?
I don't remember buying them ...
They must have cost a bomb!

CD's and DVD's galore!
They take up so much room.
My lack of streaming knowledge
Is a real cause for gloom.

Then there's all my "proper books",
A Kindle's not the same!
And an endless life of photos, 
Just in boxes, not in frames.

I got out all my lava lamps,
And counted twenty-nine!
I know a couple's all I need ...
They're just a love of mine.

There's craft supplies that I have stored,
For things I planned to make.
Believing that one day I would,
Was clearly a mistake!

The paperwork! The paperwork!
I'm sure it's started breeding!
I need to sort and shred it
But there's so much there needs reading.

I've loads and loads of cleaning goods
Behind my cupboard door.
I should get them out and use them ...
But, then, cleaning's SUCH a bore!

The cats and dogs are moulting,
The fluff gets everywhere.
To sit upon a hairless couch
Is something that's quite rare!

A great big box of dog toys
Needs some culling too.
Why do I keep them, when my dogs,
Prefer MY things to chew?

I do a bit of sorting out,
But then I get fed up.
I'll pause to make a cup of tea ...
Then have ANOTHER cup!

One day I'll sort some stuff to sell,
Take rubbish to the tip.
I just need to get started ...
"Come on, girl ... get a grip!"

Good News! We are launching our third new user-led support group in Essex

We will now be holding a group in Chelmsford for people displaying hoarding tendencies or severe clutter issues, a mental health condition, not a lifestyle choice.

Start date: Monday 1st July 2019 10.30-1pm

Venue : Moulsham Mill





For more details contact Diane on 07710709632.

A big thank you to ACT and Tudor Trust for making this much needed support network happen!

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Clients donation of wool helps provide comfort to end of life patient’s 

A lovely client of ours has kindly given us 21 large bags of wool as part of her decluttering process. We have donated this wool to CHUFT ‘Blanketeers’ in Colchester who are an amazing voluntary organisation.

CHUFT Blanketeers meet fortnightly at Colchester hospital. They are all volunteers passionate about providing comfort during end of life care.

The Blanketeers knit/crotchet beautiful blankets big enough to cover an adult up to their chest.

These blankets are used to make the hospital setting more homely and less sterile in the patients last day of life.

The nursing staff spray the blankets with the patients perfumes/aftershave when giving their personal care, making not only the patient smell lovely but also the room -again less sterile.

When the patient passes away, the relatives if they wish, can keep the blanket.

 This project has brought so much comfort to patients and relatives.

The group is open to anyone who would like to join (even if you can’t knit/crotchet) it gives us all a purpose for such deserving patients.

WHERE?- training room south, Colchester hopital.

WHEN?- fortnightly at 11am (see comments for dates)

WHAT DO I NEED? - just yourself and anyone else you might like to bring. Children welcome. Wool provided.

 ***free parking next to training rooms, tea/coffee provided (with the odd biscuit and cake), New joiners every week, everyone welcome***


Two New User-Led Support Groups!

More fantastic news for 2019 - Two new User-Led Support Groups for people experiencing hoarding tendencies or have severe clutter issues are being launched.

Following the positive outcomes achieved through our Colchester and Tendring User Led group over the previous 15 months now funded by Anglian Community Trust until January 2020, we are pleased to announce that Tudor Trust have awarded Your Living Room grant funding for two years to support two additional User-led Support Groups based in Manningtree and Chelmsford.

The Manningtree group will commence on Monday 11th March between 5pm and 7.30pm and will be located in Foundry Court, Community Centre in Manningtree, CO11 1EJ 

(the group will be run on the second Monday of each month and places are limited to 12 clients per session)

This user-led facility offers support for clients and non-clients in need. 

Please contact us on 07710709632 to register your interest for any of the groups, for more general information and about the forthcoming Chelmsford Group. 

We look forward to meeting you then.



Fantastic news for 2019!

Anglian Community Trust have kindly granted Your Living Room CIC another years part funding and with monies we raise through our concession at Manningtree Emporium in Manningtree, we are now able to extend this free service for another year! The user-led group offers support for clients and people in need with a Hoarding Disorder in the Colchester and Tendring area. Thank you! Contact 07710709632 for more information.


Mental Health First Aid

Some of the Your Living Room team attending the 2 day Mental Health First Aid Course at Moulsham Mill in Chelmsford funded by Comic Relief.

Mental Health First Aid provides:

  • An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing 

  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues

  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress

  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening

  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix of support


Thank you to The WIGs for your donation!


The WIGs is part of the Essex Federation of Women's Institutes, a registered charity, and as such is a not for profit organisation.

This branch have kindly raised £96.75 in donations from the sale of some our unwanted ‘craft items’. Thank you Sian!

The revenue will go towards running costs of our Monthly User-led Forum supporting clients with a Hoarding Disorder or severe clutter issues. 


Thank you Essex Community Foundation!

Your Living Room CIC is delighted to announce they have received a donation via the Essex Community Foundation. These much needed funds will support our 2018-2019 campaign to raise awareness of the complex issue of Hoarding Disorder countywide.

We are using the funds to promote our service through social media, posters sited in GP surgeries and information banners designed as displayed at community venues at hotspot locations throughout Essex.

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Today is Social Enterprise Day 2018!

SEUK is running a #WhoKnew campaign and we want you to get involved to raise awareness about Your Living Room CIC and Hoarding Disorder! 

#WhoKnew is a digital campaign designed to give social enterprises the chance to shout out about the good work they're doing and the difference they're making in their communities and beyond. The campaign is all about highlighting the diversity in the sector and is an opportunity for all social enterprises to take part in a public facing campaign. It is also a chance for organisations supporting the social enterprise movement to raise the profile of their own work, whether as market-builders, investors or champions of the sector.

We will be sharing our #Whoknew  ab out Your Living Room CIC on Twitter and Facebook on Thursday 15th November using #WhoKnew and #SocialEnterpriseDay.


Your Living Room will be closed from 5pm Friday  21st December and will reopen later this year on Wednesday 

9th January 2019 due to a staff training course being held on the 7th and 8th January 2019. 

For emergencies only please email: outofhours@yourlivingroomcic.co.uk

Or you may leave a message on 056 0002 3662 which will be periodically monitored over the closure.

We wish you all a peaceful and healthy 2019

DON WINS Volunteer of the Year 2018!



Congratulations to Don who scoops the Volunteer of the Year 2018 by The Marvels of Mid Essex Awards presented by NHS Mid Essex CCG. Don has volunteered in excess of 300 hours at Your Living Room CIC. 🏆🎉 #MOMA18 #NHS70
Don has been recognised for the amazing commitment and volunteer hours he has given to Your Living Room since May 2017. His dedication is truly inspirational and we are proud he has received this award.

Harry and Diane, Directors of Your Living Room are very proud that Don has been recognised for his relentless support and commitment to the organisation. We encourage and embrace a user-led service and Don is an important part of this process and the future of Your Living Room CIC.



Your Living Room at The Manningtree Emporium!

Your living Room CIC is pleased to announce they have a concession at the new antiques & vintage place, Manningtree Emporium

The income raised from our sales is being used as funding towards the running of the User-led Support Group, which is held monthly for clients with a hoarding disorder. The group meets at our offices in Layer-de-la-Haye every month between 5-7.30pm.

The venue is family friendly, dog friendly and wheelchair access. 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sun & Mon. 15/16 Jubilee End, Manningtree.
Look forward to seeing you there.



Your Living Room CIC Head office will be closed due to staff training and audit purposes between Monday 20th August and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 28th August 2018.

For emergencies only please email : outofhours@yourlivingroomcic.co.uk

Or you may leave a message on 056 0002 3662 and we will ring you back on our return.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Directors of Your Living Room CIC


Good morning - we are live on BBC Essex Today!

Morning! Why not listen to The Breakfast Show on BBC Essex this morning at 8am to hear more about Your Living Room CIC and our specialist decluttering service for people with a hoarding disorder?

Co-Director Harry Beer and ‘Philip’ our client/volunteer will be talking about our person-centred service, which offers a non-judgemental approach to help our clients deal with their overwhelming situation in a safe, unpressured environment.

Tune it for an insight into their world...

You can listen here now: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06f0r08

Skip to 2:06:47

Harry Beer (L) 'Philip' (R)


HELPING HIDDEN NEEDS - Essex Life Magazine

HELPING HIDDEN NEEDS - Your Living Room CIC is featured in Essex Life Magazine - July 2018 edition as part of the editorial featuring the Essex Community Foundation Spring Reception, which was held in the amazing setting of Layer Marney Towers. Our volunteer/ambassador 'Philip', Co-director Harry Beer and myself were privileged to attend the event and share our story about how we provide specialist support people for people with hoarding disorder and the positive social impact we have made as an organisation.