Volunteers are an important and valued part of SYEDA. Volunteers form a central way in which we are able to deliver and develop our services and fulfill our vision, mission, aims, values and priorities.

We aim to be flexible, to support volunteers to achieve their own personal goals, and to work with volunteers to create the most rewarding volunteering experience possible for the volunteers. To do this, we offer:

  • Full training for the role and a certificate of achievement on completion
  • Recognition and gratitude for your contribution, and certificates of your involvement and contribution after 6 and 12 months and every 6 months thereafter
  • Support with job applications, CVs and references
  • Expenses for out-of-pocket costs of volunteering 
  • Ongoing support and training as needed for the role
  • A chance to develop your skills and experience
  • A chance to make a real difference to individuals experiencing eating disorders or at risk of experiencing eating disorders
  • A chance to help develop and contribute to an important regional charity



Being a Trustee for SYEDA means joining a small and dedicated team to lead a forward thinking, growing organisation that provides essential services across South Yorkshire.

In this role you will:

  • Gain experience of overseeing an operational staff and volunteer team
  • Demonstrate a number of skills including team work, leadership and strategic thinking
  • Receive a supporting reference of work-related skills from a respected voluntary organisation
  • Have opportunities to develop new skills and take on specific roles within the Board
  • Lead on specific sub-committees and pieces of development work
  • Build awareness and understanding of eating disorders, organisational governance, commissioning and strategic development


We are particular looking for people to fulfil the roles of:

  • Chair
  • HR Adviser
  • Fundraising Adviser
  • Specialist knowledge of Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster
  • Specialist knowledge of the Education sector


We meet monthly on a Monday evening from 6-8pm. Once elected onto the Board, Trustees serve a term of 3 years before being re-elected. Attendance at occasional away days and contribution to sub committees on a semi-regular basis is also required.


  1. Email info@syeda.org.uk requesting a role description.
  2. Submit an expression of interest form to Jenny Allen (current Chair) chair@syeda.org.uk or call for an informal chat on 0114 236 3552

Current Volunteers

These are just some of the SYEDA volunteers supporting us at the moment. 

There are various ways in which you can support SYEDA.

Online Donations

You make a one-off donation online, and if you’re a UK tax payer, we can claim back 28p for every pound you give!

Simply tick the box that says  "I am a UK taxpayer and wish to Gift Aid my donation" when you're adding your donation details. 

A donation of £10 would pay for a month’s supply of leaflets.

A New Way to Give

We have discovered a new easy way that we can raise money for SYEDA that does not involve you parting with extra cash or extra time. Everyclick.com has launched a new way to donate – it's been Christened "Give as you Live". You get great search results from Yahoo!, content from leading shopping providers and access to all eBay auctions. Every search you make creates a donation for charity. Everyclick has already raised over £1,000,000 for a wide range of charities around the UK.

Make sure you sign up so you can track your giving - it updates every 3 minutes, you'll be amazed how quickly it adds up! 

Give regularly through a monthly standing order

A donation of £2.00 per month would cover the cost of essential oil blends for one service user for a year. Forms are available from SYEDA, simply email info@syeda.org.uk to request one. As with the one-off donations, if you’re a UK tax payer, we can claim back 28p for every pound you give, so please also ask us for a Gift Aid form if you think that you may be eligible.



Fundraising Opportunities

We are always looking for interesting and effective ways to raise money for SYEDA so if you have an idea for a fundraising opportunity, please contact us on info@syeda.org.uk.


A big thanks goes to Craig who ran the Great North Run in 2016.  He raised over £400.00 for Syeda.

Craig in his gear for the Great North Run


Lynn's Story

"We lost a very special young lady and family member to anorexia and when it came to my attention that SYEDA were looking for new ways to raise much needed funds I felt I would like to help.

The thought of organising an event felt a bit daunting but when I asked friends, family and work colleagues what they thought to a disco to raise money there was so much encouragement and offers of help that it all became quite exiting. The disco quickly turned into a ceilidh as we felt it was more fun and inclusive and a pie and pea supper seemed the best food option as it took place last autumn.

I organised a ceilidh to raise money for SYEDA. It was great fun and we raised £780.
— Lynn

We booked a hall that was big enough for the event and that would also do the catering, the hall was given free of charge. Once I had the cost of the hall, catering and the band which a friend had recommended I could price the tickets which was probably my biggest mistake as we only made £3 on each ticket, however I thought as long as people have a good time a small amount of money can be raised and also the awareness of the great work of SYEDA will be raised too.

I decided on a raffle to make a bit more money and a game where you have to roll a £1 coin at a whisky bottle, the nearest to the bottle wins and all the other coins go to SYEDA. Friends,family, local shopkeepers and businesses donated all the prizes which was amazing, not one negative response to my asking. Even more amazing was that on the night we made ......... And only £240 was made on ticket sales. 

Everyone had a great night and there's been lots of calls to make it an annual event. What I enjoyed the most was seeing how lovely people are, people want to help good causes they just sometimes need a way of doing it. I had a few worries along the way such as "would the band turn up"so I made lots of calls checking up on everyone but honestly no one minded and at the end of the day everything came together perfectly, I made lots of new friends, made some money for SYEDA and I loved it".



Post:                            Mental Health Practitioner

Salary:                         £21,909 FTE, £10,955 Actual

Hours:                          18.75 hours a week

Duration:                     12 months

Reporting to:               Clinical Manager

Location:                     Sheffield based with the ability to work across SYEDA locality

Job summary and purpose:

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the range of treatment interventions offered by Syeda. As mental health practitioner you will be responsible for the delivery of a specified manualised intervention in partnership with the Sheffield University Psychology Department. This is a ten session CBT model aimed at supporting clients whose lives are affected by a binge or binge/purge behaviour around food to break the cycle and make lasting changes.

The role will include completion of the CBT 10 model training with the Sheffield University Psychology Department. Once the training is complete you will then work as part of the Syeda clinical team and be allocated a client case load.

Ongoing case management and clinical supervision will be provided throughout the project. You will also be required to carry out psychological assessments and potentially co facilitation of psychological groups.

Non-clinical work will involve assisting the service in its administration, the development of specialist clinical materials, conduct of audits and evaluation, collection of data and the development of projects and outcome reports.

Applications are welcome from a range of mental health professionals including; counsellors, occupational therapists, RMN’s and Psychology Assistants.


Please contact Claire Wood or Michelle Hinde Clinical Managers at Syeda via email clairew@syeda.org.uk or michelleh@syeda.org.uk or 01142728822 for an application pack or for more information.

The closing date for applications is 18th August 2017.