I have lived in Sheffield since 2002 and worked in a number of different roles in this time. Most recently I’ve worked as Operational Manager at Sheffield Mind and as a commissioner in the NHS and I am currently Programme Lead for Quality Improvement at South Yorkshire Housing Association. I have always been passionate about the voluntary sector in Sheffield and have wanted to contribute to the success of small, grassroots organisations such as SYEDA.
I have had a number of close friends who have suffered from eating disorders and have therefore been in a caring role more than once. I think the work SYEDA does around early intervention and support for sufferers and carers is essential and I have seen the lives of numerous people turned around through our services. I have been on the Board since 2013, first as the Secretary and currently as the Chair. It's a challenging role but I love it!
Paul Carnell has spent his working life in the voluntary sector. After joining the Board in 2013 he has been particularly involved in securing their lottery grant, shaping their Business Plan and supporting their Chief Executive.
I represent SYEDA on the Mental Health Board. I became a Trustee in 2009, becoming Chair in 2011. My interest in SYEDA begain when my late daughter was suffering from anorexia. I joined the carers’ support group and did the Treading on Eggshells Course.
In 1999 Chrissie became a member of the small management committee that was running the then Sheffield Eating Disorders Association. At that time the group ran a self help group for carers and one for those suffering from an eating disorder.
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.
I have been working here at SYEDA for 2 years now. I secured a placement whilst studying for my diploma and more recently as an employee. As a counsellor I have witnessed first hand how supporting people through their darkest times can bring comfort and an element of hope. I am extremely passionate about what I do and feel both privileged and honored to be part of an amazing team.
I am the Outreach Clinical Coordinator for The Big Lottery ‘Reaching Out’ project here at SYEDA. I coordinate and over see the delivery of therapy and liaise with other organisations regarding our project in Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster. I offer assessments in all three areas and deliver counselling sessions in Doncaster and Rotherham. I also currently facilitate ‘Treading on Eggshells’, a course we run for carers to help resource them further to care and support their loved one with an eating disorder.
I use an integrative therapeutic approach, putting the client at the centre of their therapy. It is my belief that the relationship between the therapist and client is a vital part of therapy and leads to the best possible outcomes.
I am the Development Manager here at SYEDA. My role is wide-ranging, and I am looking forward to a busy and fruitful year at the organisation, working on a rebrand, a conference, new training opportunities and developing services.
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist 11 years ago, however I have worked in the field of eating disorders for 16 years now. I am extremely passionate about the work SYEDA do and volunteered here previously, offering support to those affected by difficulties with food.
I joined SYEDA in April 2013 at a time when the service was in a period of flux and uncertainty. I knew immediately how important and valuable the service had been and would remain to so many people affected by an eating disorder.
I am SYEDA’s Occupational Therapist and have been with the organisation since January 2014. My approach always focuses on the needs and goals of the individual and has so far ranged from managing anxiety in a supermarket to practising circus skills in a park.