I have lived in Sheffield for the last 15 years and worked in a number of different roles in this time including for the NHS, the City Council and within the voluntary sector. Most recently I’ve worked as Operational Manager at Sheffield Mind and as a commissioner in the NHS. I currently work for South Yorkshire Housing Association and have previously worked at Breast Cancer Care as the Regional Services Manager for the North of England. However when I started working for a national charity I was keen to keep in touch with the voluntary sector in Sheffield and 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 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. For the last 4 years I have been on the Board, first as the Secretary and currently as the Chair, working with the other trustees to set the strategic direction for SYEDA.
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 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!
My name is Sadie Paulucy and I am a new volunteer here at SYEDA. I began volunteering as a support group facilitator, which runs on the first Tuesday of each month, and I am really enjoying my role so far.
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.
I’m Becky, Education and Outreach worker. I’ve been with SYEDA since 2016. My work takes me into schools, colleges, youth clubs, GP surgeries and many other places. Our aim is to raise awareness about eating disorders in a way that is sensitive and informative, not only so that participants are more aware of what eating disorders are, but also what they can do to help someone they are supporting. We also work in general from a position that seeks to challenge the stigma that often comes with mental illnesses and support a move to a more open, accepting and compassionate response in society for those who have any form of mental ill-health, not just eating disorders. As part of the work we do with young people, we promote self-care and encourage them to develop ways to build their resilience in the face of many pressures and challenges, but importantly, to see asking for help as a positive part of remaining healthy or regaining health.
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 one of the clinicians here at SYEDA working therapeutically with clients and offering assessments in Sheffield and Rotherham on a Monday and a Wednesday. I also currently facilitate Treading on Eggshells, a course that 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 incorporating person centred and CBT therapy, 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.
My role is to oversee the clinical support services we provide both in Sheffield and across wider South Yorkshire. I meet with people who are seeking either support or advice and guidance and carry out assessments as well as having a small caseload for those requiring occupational therapy intervention. I am responsible for supervising and supporting the therapists and volunteers who work with us, providing clinical input into the other areas of SYEDA’s work.
Here at SYEDA, I assess people who self-refer via our website, have a caseload of clients that I see for therapy, supervise other clinicians, manage the waiting list, mentor students on placement and generally work towards promoting the organisation and all that it can offer to the people of South Yorkshire.
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.
I’ve been at SYEDA for almost 13 years and over the years my role has evolved from Administrative Officer to Part-time Administrator and full time Mum of 3! I am responsible for the administrative facility of the organisation and I also co-facilitate the Peer Support Group.
When I first joined SYEDA in 2006 my knowledge of eating disorders was limited, but over the years I’ve learned more and done lots of training to increase my understanding. SYEDA provides a unique service in what we have to offer and knowing that there aren’t enough services out there for eating disorder support is what motivates me.