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The Somerset & Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA) is a regional charity supporting people affected by eating disorders. Set up in 1992 by a group of people with eating disorders and their loved ones, SWEDA has grown to provide a range of services for people struggling with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and more. Our services also give support to family members and friends engaged in the difficult task of supporting someone close to them. Our stated aim is pro-recovery. We seek to enable and empower people to improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing, thereby enriching their overall quality of life and helping them to be as healthy as possible. To facilitate this, SWEDA provides a range of services that offer information, guidance, training and support.

SWEDA is user-led and based on the principles of self-help. At the heart of the organisation is a commitment to ensure that people who have lived experience of eating disorders are actively encouraged to contribute to the development and delivery of the service.

“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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