We are an independent charity, originally established in 1996 by a group of people who were affected by eating disorders and who were concerned that they were not able to find helpful information, guidance and help when they needed it.
We provide non-judgemental support to people affected by eating disorders. This includes a range of eating problems, please see our information on types of eating disorder for more information.
We see people whose relationship with food, and maybe their body image, dominates their lives, and we help the people who care about them. Men, women, young and old, all access our services. You don’t have to look a particular way to get support from us.
We provide treatment which may be one to one therapeutic and practical support for people experiencing eating disorders and for families and friends. We also facilitate support groups, and we deliver education and training sessions in schools, colleges, to professionals and the wider community.
We appreciate that eating disorders, can have a devastating impact on the people who experience them, and on the people around them. We have a particular focus on prevention, by working with people who might be at risk of developing an eating disorder in order to help them to become more resilient. We also try to work with people who are experiencing eating disorders as early as possible into the illness to try to stop the eating disorder from becoming more severe.
The work of SYEDA is overseen by a board of volunteers who have a range of skills and experience. We have a team of dedicated, skilled staff and we are lucky enough to have some dedicated volunteers who support us in delivering our services.
I have worked in the voluntary sector for around ten years, in a variety of settings including mental health and domestic abuse services. My background is in administration. Outside of work I enjoy crafting. During my time here, I have met some inspirational people, heard amazing stories of recovery, and seen what can be achieved with hope, resilience and support. There are misconceptions around eating disorders, so getting the right information and support can be a really important step; I've seen how the services offered by SYEDA can make a huge difference to individuals and families. I feel proud to support the SYEDA team, their commitment and passion are evident in all they do.
My name is Shannon and I am an Admin Volunteer. It was the beginning of my second year of my Nutrition degree, and I wanted to gain experience into eating disorder associations. As a former service user myself, I decided to reach out to SYEDA. I gained so much experience and insight into how SYEDA works from admin, banking and phone calls to service users. Now approaching my Masters I still love my weekly visits, the caring and wonderful staff at SYEDA make it such a wonderful place to volunteer and for such a great cause too!
I am currently training to be a Dramatherapist at the University of Derby. I come to SYEDA with experience of working therapeutically with children and young adults in school settings. Prior to my training, I worked as a teacher in mainstream, special and further education. My approach is compassionate, caring and creative. I was awarded a BADth student bursary to attend the Dramatherapy Conference. I have a strong interest in the creative arts and how they can help people. In my spare time I help to manage Spectrum Theatre Company.
In my day job I work in the careers team at Sheffield Hallam University; a role which I really enjoy. I have a real passion for social justice and supporting people, and volunteering, for me, is an extension of this.