Updated Statement from SWEDA re COVID-19 - September 2020

At SWEDA we have carried out a thorough risk assessment of our premises in line with Government guidelines and have tried very hard to ensure our premises are COVID secure to reduce the risks to our staff, volunteers, clients and visitors. We have reduced the number of staff who can work from the office at any one time, we have staggered the counselling start times to avoid people meeting in the waiting area, we have set up a cleaning strategy to ensure surfaces especially frequent touch points are highlighted and cleaned 3 times a day and have provided hand sanitiser and cleaning stations. Face masks need to be worn on arrival at SWEDA premises and when walking around, or waiting in the waiting area. Face masks may be removed once you are seated in your session and are 2m apart from any other person.

If you are happy to receive support through virtual means, then this is our preferred method of delivery at the moment. For anyone who is unable to receive virtual support and would like to return to face to face support, then where possible we will endeavour to meet this request. We will discuss our new guidelines with you before you come to the SWEDA premises.



Getting in touch is the first step - we’re here to listen, without judgement, and provide the support you need



We offer a range of tailored support services and will work with you to find the best way forward



We will be there for you, supporting you to take control of your recovery and your life

Somerset & Wessex Eating Disorders Association

Having an eating disorder, or supporting someone who has, can be a distressing and bewildering experience. Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA) offers a range of services throughout Somerset and the surrounding area. 

Based at Shepton Mallet in Somerset, in the Southwest of England (UK), we provide support to anyone affected by eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder and all related conditions.

Our services include Counselling Services, a monthly Self help Support Group, Training and Presentations for Health Professionals and GPs, and a College Support Service, working with young people in Secondary Schools and four of the major Colleges in the county.

We are here to support and listen to you, wherever you are on your journey.

Click Here to watch a video called "The Nine Truths About Eating Disorders".     

With kind thanks to World Eating Disorders Action Day for their kind permission to use this video.


“I can’t emphasise enough what a massive part SWEDA have played in my journey to finding myself again. They are an incredible charity and are brilliant at their job. Over the past two years I have really started to understand myself and I have addressed issues that I had hid away in the past and with my counsellor’s amazing listening, non-judgmental and supportive skills I have been able to take back control of myself and rationally look at my emotions in day to day life."

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