Our Education and Training programme raises awareness and understanding of eating disorders amongst young people and professionals.
 
Our activities are focused on the prevention of eating disorders and early intervention. We offer universal prevention workshops such as Understanding Eating Disorders and more targeted sessions for vulnerable groups on Body Image and Self-Esteem.
 
We deliver interactive workshops to schools, colleges and youth groups, as well as providing in house training for professionals. Through this work we aim to build emotional resilience in young people, and by working with professionals, we aim to build capacity in the health, social and education sectors as well as in communities.

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Well presented, good handouts and information. One of the best training sessions I’ve been on.
— Lecturer, Doncaster College

Please read our Training and Education Prospectus for more information.
 

Our Education Programme endeavors to equip young people with a toolkit that they can use to develop into adulthood including the ability to challenge negative thinking, improve self-esteem, embrace body positivity and build resilience. We run a variety of free sessions and workshops both in and outside of the school environment for young people and the professionals who support them.

Workshops for Young People

These workshops are for ages 10-16 years (as well as the potential to deliver to 6th formers and University students) and are pitched accordingly. We deliver specialist workshops through PSHE lessons, whole school health days, assemblies, support groups, community projects and at a variety of events and programmes. Our workshops are usually one hour in length but can be adjusted in accordance to the setting. We make sure to work with the school or organisation to ensure that the workshop is as relevant, inclusive and engaging as possible and are happy to consider bespoke workshops for specific needs or for a group of vulnerable young people.

Body Confidence

Our most popular workshop is all about the role external and internal factors play in our developing body image and self-esteem and what we can learn to control and change. We use a range of activities and develop discussion around these topics, then offers practical approaches on how to improve one’s self-esteem, be more body confident and support our friends and peers.

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I enjoyed learning the positive messages. I’ve learnt to embrace my body and be more confident.
— Y10 pupil, Doncaster

Body Image and The Media

In this workshop we explore the impact of the media, and particularly social media, on young minds and discuss strategies to remain unaffected. This includes activities around positive body image and working to appreciate our body for more than our appearances.

This workshop can also take the opportunity to discuss negative thought processes and thinking styles and equip young people with effective thinking strategies.   

Understanding Eating Disorders

This workshop is an introduction to mental health and wellbeing with a focus on eating disorders. provides students with an overview of Eating Disorders by defining the different types of eating disorders, and exploring possible triggers and routes to recovery. The focus then moves to how we can spot the signs of disordered eating or low self-esteem in friends and where to go for help and support. Discussion and group activities ensure the session is interactive and engaging.

The most valuable thing I learned was ways to improve my self-esteem
— Participant, Fruit Bowl Youth Group in Sheffield

                                                                                                    

Our training sessions for professionals are suitable for staff or volunteers who might come into contact with people who are experiencing eating disorders.

Understanding Eating Disorders sessions will provide staff with a basic understanding of eating disorders and some tips and advice about ways to support people who are experiencing an eating disorder, as well as information about sign posting to other support.

We also tailor sessions to meet the needs of your organisation and we can come and talk at staff meetings if preferred.

Staff Sessions

This training is for members of the children's workforce including teaching and support staff at schools and colleges, health professionals and community professionals.

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Understanding Eating Disorders

This session delves into the different types of eating disorders, triggers and routes to recovery. It will guide the staff on how to spot the signs and provide information on the available support services.

For more information please contact our Education and Training Manager, Christie Rossiter at christier@syeda.org.uk for all training queries for Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and North Lincolnshire.

One of our students disclosed that she is suffering from an eating disorder and this is now being dealt with. I would love to work with SYEDA again.
— PSHE Lead, North Lincolnshire School