Self Help Support Group

"Thank you so much to all at SWEDA for helping me to help myself."

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SWEDA runs a Self Help Support Group for those affected by eating disorders. The sessions take place in our comfortable meeting room at The Coach House, in Shepton Mallet. (click to map)

SWEDA has always recognised the value of peer support – people coming together to support one another, share their successes and challenges and to encourage each other along the journey to recovery. The group is facilitated by two SWEDA members of staff, though the focus is on what the individuals contribute to the sessions. SWEDA is there to provide a safe environment, offer support and welcome you into the group.

The group is open to anyone who has an eating disorder, or supports someone who does. If you feel more comfortable coming with a friend or family member, you are welcome to do so.

Self Help Support Group takes place on the first Wednesday of every month from 7-8.30pm with the exception of August. There is no obligation to attend every month – some have used the group infrequently, whilst other members have found this form of support helpful when used on a regular basis. It is completely up to you.

Useful Information:

If you are coming by car, there is free parking on Park Road, just outside Harvest Court (free after 6pm). As you enter the main gates of Harvest Court you will find the Coach House on the right hand side. 

One of our group facilitators will answer the door to welcome you into the building. They will take you through to the Gallery which is where our self-help support group takes place. You will be offered refreshments whilst we wait for the attendees to arrive. Once everyone has arrived we will start with some brief introductions.

Our self-help group is user led so each session the discussion will vary depending on who is attending and what they are bringing to the session. You will always have an opportunity to discuss what is important to you when you attend. It might be that you want to talk about how you are coping at present, you might want to ask for information or for some advice, you may just need to off load (whatever is important and beneficial to you). 

We have 2 group facilitators so if at anytime you need to leave the room for a moment, someone will be able to offer you support at that time.

We ask attendees to sign in to the session giving us some basic contact details (we need to gather information for our funders which is anonymous to evidence the need for the group). You do not have to sign in if you do not want to, you will not be under any pressure to do this. 

We welcome your feedback if you attend the group, from time to time we may ask if you want to share your experiences of the group and how we can improve the service. It is optional whether you choose to participate in this opportunity. 

“During the time I accessed the SWEDA Services I used both the Support Group and one to one counselling sessions. Both services used together offer the life raft that is so desperately needed to bring balance, stability and empowered choice."

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