De-clutter queen aids elderly in space race

PUBLISHED: 14:53 29 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:53 29 January 2016

Picture: Jasmine Sleigh from Change Your Space promoting the donating of clothing to The Devon Air Ambulance Trust in Budleigh Salterton.

Picture: Jasmine Sleigh from Change Your Space promoting the donating of clothing to The Devon Air Ambulance Trust in Budleigh Salterton.

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De-clutter queen Jasmine Sleigh, from Exmouth, will today help a pensioner volunteer group tackle space issues faced by the elderly.

Jasmine, who three years ago set up a professional de-cluttering service in Devon, Change Your Space, is teaming up with Neighbourhood Friends, a support service for the elderly.

Today Jasmine will pass on some of her de-cluttering tips onto Neighbourhood Friends volunteers, free-of-charge, which will be used to help those with limited living space.

Julie Phillips, of Neighbourhood Friends, said: “This is a great opportunity for our staff and volunteers to develop new skills and tools to support our clients with space issues.

“We are grateful to Jasmine, who is helping us to be more proactive and increase the quality of life for some of our clients.”

Jasmine said she asks clients if they have a favoured cause to support through their re-homed possessions.

She said charities such as Oxfam, the Devon Air Ambulance Trust, and Refuge have benefitted from clients’ donations of books, toys and clothes.

Jasmine said the average home has around £600-worth of unused and unwanted items residing in cupboards.

“The TV programmes on hoarding have opened up the issue, but there is still a lot of embarrassment and confusion about what support is available to those who have found their health is at risk due to stockpiling of belongings,” said Jasmine.

“We offer hope that there are tools and positive steps that can allow the person to take control and enjoy their home again.”

She added: “We all know that having a good sort-out makes us personally feel better but it also creates opportunities for us as individuals and our wider community. It is good for us all.”

Change Your Space has also written articles for charitable publications on how to de-clutter and donate; Jasmine recently gave her services to charity, Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE) when the cause downsized office space.

• For further information about the community work of Change Your Space, go to www.changeyourspace.co.uk or call on 07739 455310.


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