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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.

Sheila Turner

Sheila Turner

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.

Nina Shivji

Nina Shivji

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. 

Rebecca Parker

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.  

Shannon Powell

Shannon Powell

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!

Caroline Haywood

Caroline Haywood

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. 

Joanne Bacon

Joanne Bacon

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. 

Annabel Marshall-Foster

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.

Michelle Hinde

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.

Morwenna Foden

Morwenna Foden

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!