We're proud to be working in conjunction with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to deliver Sheffield Mind Magpies, working with people who have difficulties associated with hoarding. We support hoarders to make positive changes to their behaviour, which can in turn improve their health and safety.

The service provides one to one and group support for service users, helping individuals build resilience so they are better equipped to identify risks and protect themselves from avoidable harm.

The project started in 2018 and will run for 21 months

Who is Sheffield Mind’s Magpies project for

  • Individual’s living in Sheffield, who are identified as having difficulty with hoarding items in their homes to a point where it is identified as a potential hazard.
  • For us to be able to provide effective support, all referred clients must acknowledge their hoarding difficulty and be willing to engage with support.
  • Referrals will be assessed in order to ensure they meet the criteria and for the project to be able to identify the most appropriate approach to support.
  • The service is not a cleaning service and will not be able to provide support where there are significant health and safety issues. In such cases we are prepared to work alongside other agencies who can assist in managing these risks however for a referral to be accepted these agencies need to be already involved or will become involved at the same time as Sheffield Magpies.
  • The service will support around the reduction of clutter and will work with clients to address their hoarding behaviours using a range of strategies and approaches.

Who can refer to the service?

  • Any professional within housing, social care, environmental health, the primary or secondary mental health services.
  • Any individual can self-refer to the service provided they meet the referral criteria.

 The referral process

  • An assessment and a risk assessment must be completed before a referred person can be accepted onto the service.
  • Following a referral being received, the service will contact the referrer and the client to acknowledge receipt of the referral and to gather information to complete the assessment and risk assessment.
  • We'll advise referrers and clients of the status of the referral and provide a clear indication of waiting time before the referral will become active.
  • Please note that clients will only be accepted onto service following a home assessment. Until a referred person is formally accepted onto the service, Sheffield Mind will not be in a position to provide any support or input.

Waiting List 

The service is currently closed to new referrals as the staff team are at capacity. if you are concerned about someone living with hoarding behaviour, you can email the team for advice and information, or refer individuals to the monthly support group which runs here at the Wellbeing Centre, 110 Sharrow Lane, Sheffield, S11 8QT.

The group has proved popular both as a opportunity to socialise and also to get support and advice from peers and staff and specialist agencies such as the Fire and Rescue service.

Click on the image below for further details including dates and times of future meetings.