Our Education and Training programme raises awareness and understanding of eating disorders. It is targeted at young people and the professionals who work with them.
Our activities are focused on the prevention of eating disorders and early intervention. We offer universal prevention workshops such as Understanding Eating Disorders and more targeted sessions for vulnerable groups on Body Image and Self-Esteem.
We deliver interactive workshops to schools, colleges and youth groups, as well as providing in house training for professionals. Through this work we aim to build emotional resilience in young people, and by working with professionals, we aim to build capacity in the health, social and education sectors as well as in communities.

Well presented, good handouts and information. One of the best training sessions I’ve been on.
— Lecturer, Doncaster College

Our education programme endeavors to equip young people with a toolkit that they can use to develop into adulthood including the ability to challenge negative thinking, improve self-esteem & body image and build resilience. We run a variety of workshops both in and outside of the school environment for young people. Please read our Education handout for more information on what we provide.

Workshops for Young People

These workshops are for ages 10-25 years (inclusive of 6th formers and University students) and are pitched accordingly. We deliver specialist workshops through PSHE lessons, whole school health days, assemblies, support groups, community projects and at a variety of events and conferences. Our workshops are usually one hour in length but can be adjusted in accordance to the setting. We make sure to work with the school or organisation to ensure that the workshop is as relevant, inclusive and engaging as possible and are happy to consider bespoke workshops for specific needs or for a group of vulnerable young people.

Body Image

This session focuses on one of the biggest predictive factors to the development of an eating disorder, poor body image and low self-esteem. It looks at what can influence the way we feel about ourselves and where the idea of an "ideal body" comes from. We then explore the ways in which we are in control of our body image and discuss tips for improving our self-esteem.Our most popular workshop uses a range of activities, discussion points, and practical approaches on how to improve one’s self-esteem, be more body confident and how to support our friends and peers.

I enjoyed learning the positive messages. I’ve learnt to embrace my body and be more confident.
— Y10 pupil, Doncaster

Food and Feelings

We all have a relationship with food, but for some of us this relationship can become disordered and begin to dominate our lives. This session teaches young people about the range of ways we use food in daily life and can develop eating related behaviours; some healthy, others not. Discussion and group activities ensure the session is interactive and engaging. Different versions of this session have been designed for young people aged 11-25 to teach them about eating disorders, resilience and self-care in a responsible and supportive way.

The most valuable thing I learned was ways to improve my self-esteem
— Participant, Fruit Bowl Youth Group in Sheffield

For booking enquiries or for more information please contact Christie Rossiter for more information christier@syeda.org.uk                     

Our training sessions for professionals are suitable for staff or volunteers who might come into contact with people who are experiencing eating disorders.

"Understanding Eating Disorders" sessions will provide staff with an improved knowledge and understanding of eating disorders and some tips and advice for supporting people with an eating disorder, as well as information about sign posting to other support.

We tailor the course to meet the needs of your organisation.

Staff Sessions

This training is for members of the children's workforce including teaching and support staff, health professionals, counsellors and community professionals.


Understanding Eating Disorders

This session delves into the different types of eating disorders, triggers, and routes to recovery. It will guide you how to spot the signs and provide information on support services available near you.

Learning Objectives

1.    Explore myths and misconceptions.

2.    Improved knowledge of eating disorders.

3.    Greater understanding of triggers and contributing factors.

4.    Improved ability to spot the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder.

3.   Increased confidence to talk about eating disorders and related issues.

4.   Introduce you to practical tips to implement into your own practice.

5.   Awareness of on how to refer to local support services.

All of our training for professionals is half a day unless requested otherwise. For all training you will receive a pack containing the presentation, resources and links to other sources of information along with your certificate of completion.

Please take a look at our page in the Sheffield training programme for details of our course and how to book. 

For more information please contact our Deveopment Manager, Christie Rossiter at christier@syeda.org.uk

One of our students disclosed that she is suffering from an eating disorder and this is now being dealt with. I would love to work with SYEDA again.
— PSHE Lead, North Lincolnshire School