Hi I’ve lived in Sheffield since 1985; I came here to do a one year post graduate diploma in Housing Administration at Sheffield Hallamshire University, and I’ve loved living here, especially as it’s so close to such amazing countryside where I go walking as much as possible.
I’ve worked within the voluntary and statutory sector, where I became involved within the trade union movement and made a career out of it. I took early retirement from this a couple of years ago and since that time I’ve enjoyed being a Board member of SYEDA, a Walk Leader and Trainer for Step Out Sheffield and learning new skills. I’ve also enjoyed travelling, and seeing friends.
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.
Sheila BSc RD has been a registered Dietitian for more than 40 years and, although retired from the NHS, is still working at an inpatient hospital for adults and adolescents suffering from Eating Disorders. Her membership of her professional body, the British Dietetic Association, confers the benefits of peer support and professional insurance.
She is an enthusiast for patient centred, collaborative behaviour change and has used these approaches to help people make habit changes that will tackle their weight – both when they find it difficult to keep it low enough for good health and confidence and also when they are unable to eat enough or in a balanced way to maintain a high enough weight for normal life and activity.
When meeting people at SYEDA she seeks to help them make a plan that is both sustainable and provides the macro and micro nutrients required for good health.
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.
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.