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 with skills in:

  • Fundraising
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Charity Law
  • NHS governance
  • Specialist knowledge of Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster


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.


Email info@syeda.org.uk requesting a role description and application form.  Our Chair will then be in touch to arrange an initial, informal chat.

Current Volunteers

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

Become a friend of SYEDA

By becoming a friend of SYEDA you will be helping to keep our doors open, this will mean that we can keep supporting those affected by this psychological illness, and potentially help in the long term to save lives.

Ways of making a donation:

Regular Donations:

when you provide a regular donation to our organisation you become part of the long term work that enables us to help those in need, their families and friends.

For example, by donating £15 a month you could help SYEDA cover the cost of a volunteer-lead support group. This means that those who are suffering from an eating disorder are able to have their voices heard and can feel supported, so that they aren't isolated by society.

Alternatively, a monthly donation of £40 from you could provide an initial assessment for someone to access our services and gain the help they need in order to help them move towards recovery.

Legacy Giving:

Giving a gift to us in your will can help see people in the future get the support and advice needed for them to start towards recovery. 

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. 

All donations are appreciated, no matter how big or small

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! 


One Off Donation:

If you don't feel like making a regular contribution, have you thought about making a one off donation?

To do this you can send a cheque payable to:
South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association

Or, make a BACS transfer to

South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association
Sort code: 60-83-01
Account Number: 20257778

Reference: Web donation




Information on all of our current job vacancies are posted here.


Recruitment FAQs

If working with SYEDA sounds like it could your dream job, please have a look at some of our frequently asked questions before applying for a role.

Who can I contact if I have a problem regarding an application?

You can get in touch with us at the office by calling 0114 272 8822 or by emailing info@syeda.org.uk

I’m having problems applying online. Can I do it another way?

Yes, please call us on 0114 272 8822 or email info@syeda.org.uk to find out what your other options are.

Can I apply for more than one job?

You can apply for more than one job, but please make sure that the jobs you apply for match your skills and experience.

Will you let me know when you receive my application?

If you have submitted your completed application to info@syeda.org.uk, we will send you an email to confirm we’ve received it.

Can I apply if I don’t have a work permit?

Unfortunately we can’t accept applications from people who do not have a valid work permit or visa.

Can I apply if I have a disability?

Yes. We welcome applications from everyone. If you would like us to know about your disabled status, please make a note on your application form and don’t forget to let us know if you have any special requirements.

Can I apply if I have a criminal conviction?

Yes, you can. However, some roles we advertise are classed as ‘excluded jobs’, which means you must give us full details of any convictions you have. Any information you do provide us with is completely confidential, it will only be available to the recruiting manager(s) if you are shortlisted, and will only be considered if you’re applying for a relevant role.

What will happen in my interview?

The format of your interview will depend on the role you’ve applied for. Normally, you will be invited to one face-to-face interview. You may also be asked to take part in a practical exercise or deliver a presentation. We will let you know what you can expect if you are shortlisted.

How should I prepare for my interview?

Whatever role you’ve applied for, it is important to be fully prepared. Here are some quick tips to help you make sure you’re remembered for the right reasons:

  • Read the job advert, job description and person specification so that you clearly understand the role

  • Make sure you’re familiar with all of the information and supporting evidence you included with your application

  • Prepare some examples that demonstrate your experience and how it’s relevant to the role

  • Do some research on us (our website is a great place to start)

  • Remember to bring your passport or birth certificate as evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK

Will you give me any feedback after my interview?

We will let you know our decision after your interview. You can ask for specific feedback on your interview performance. Unfortunately, if you weren’t shortlisted for an interview we won’t be able to give you any feedback.

What training will I receive?

We’ll give you an induction which will give you an overall understanding of the many different parts of our organisation, and the ways that your role fits with the rest of us. We will also explore a range of learning initiatives depending on your role and the skills you can develop.

Is there a probation period?

Yes, all new members of staff are employed on a three month probation period. If everything’s okay after three months, you will become a permanent member of our team.

Want to know more?

If you have a different question, please get in touch at info@syeda.org.uk or call 0114 272 8822 and we’ll do our best to help.

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.

Fundraising Ideas:

Please view our slideshow for some fundraising ideas to help kick start your fundraising campaign!


A big thanks goes to Craig who ran the Great North Run on behalf of us in 2016. As a result, he managed to raise £400 for the organisation!

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".