Canberra Living Conditions Network
Developing a coordinated response to Squalor and Hoarding
in the Canberra Community

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Buried in Treasures in 2016



In July 2015, the first Buried in Treasures workshop started in the ACT.  It was a wonderful success and and the participants have experienced progress in decluttering and increasing their self awareness around the thought patterns underlying their behaviour and building trust and confidence in themselves and others.  The workshops are run internationally and it is wonderful to see them continuing here in the ACT to assist our community.

They are co-facilitated by a person with lived experience of hoarding and a mental health worker based at community organisations throughout Canberra. Around 10 participants will meet weekly, assisting and supporting each other to work towards their individual goals. The program will

Read more: Buried in Treasures in 2016

Launch of the CLCN Website



The Canberra Living Conditions Network is proud to launch a one stop website for workers and the general public interested in the issue of hoarding and squalor in the ACT.

This resource is supported by the Capital Health Network-led Partners in Recovery Program (PIR).

By providing a comprehensive and practical website, we hope to build and encourage better connections within the community and to educate and support everyone affected by the issue of hoarding and squalor -

Read more: Launch of the CLCN Website




CLCN and ADACAS Link and Learn:  Supported Decision Making Forum

Workers supporting people dealing with squalor and hoarding are often faced with questions around choice and capacity.  CLCN are hosting ADACAS to provide their Link and Learn training session on supported decision making and provide an opportunity to discuss this approach in relation to squalor and hoarding.

The ADACAS Link and Learn project defines supported decision making as happening when one person gives another person the support they need to be engaged in decision making. It can support legal and day to day decision. A person may need support because their decision making capacity is impaired from a variety of factors.  

There is a decision support role for people sharing their lives with a person who has impaired decision making. It offers a way to give support that enables the person with impaired capacity to live the life they would choose for themselves.

Come along and join the discussion on Thursday 18 February at 1.30pm- 3.30pm at Hughes Community Centre, Whittle St, Hughes.  

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