Self Help Support Group

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

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Every month SWEDA runs a Self Help Group for those affected by Eating Disorders. 

Next Group Meeting is Wednesday 7th October 2020 at 7-8.30pm 

COVID-19 Guidelines

Obviously as we in the middle of a pandemic things will be a little different; 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. If you or any member of your close family are showing any signs of Coronavirus symptoms, then please do not come to the SWEDA premises.


We ask everyone to wash their hands when they enter the premises and to wear a face covering when you first arrive and when you are walking around, you may remove your face covering when you are seated 2m apart from other group members.   Our full guidelines are attached and you will be asked to sign these when you arrive to say you understand and to also help us with the Track and Trace process.

Useful Information:

 Our online group will also be running on 14th, 21st and 28th October.  If you would like more information about the online group, please email or call us ([email protected] or 01749 343344)

 7.00 to 8.30pm.

Why don’t you come along?

 This is held in our comfortable meeting room at The Coach House, Harvest Court, Park Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BS TEL: 01749 343344


 The group is open to anyone who:

·       has or has had an eating disorder

·       thinks they may have an eating disorder

·       has a ‘difficult’ relationship with food or their body

·       supports a person with an eating disorder 

Please feel free to bring a friend or family member if it would help you feel more at ease. We are here to provide a safe environment and offer support. Any companions will be welcome to join in the session or they can wait outside where there will be refreshments available for them.

When you arrive, one of our two qualified facilitators will be there to welcome you. You will be offered refreshments whilst we wait for all the attendees to arrive. The facilitators will take you through to the Gallery where the group takes place. Once everyone has arrived we will start with some brief introductions.

Our self-help group is user led so that in each session the discussion will vary depending on who is attending and what they are bringing to the session. This also means that you will always have an opportunity to discuss what is important to you. We are not here to judge you and the safe and confidential setting may enable you to discuss things you feel unable to share elsewhere. You might just want to ask for information or for some advice or share you experience with others. You may just need to offload or speak about a difficult experience you have had. We want to give you the feeling of empowerment, a sense of community letting you know you are not alone. Our members have found this form of support helpful when used on a regular basis but there is no obligation to attend every month. It is completely up to you.

SWEDA has always recognised the value of peer support – we find that when people come together to support one another, share their successes and challenges and encourage each other along the journey to recovery becomes ever more achievable.

Useful Information:

There is no cost for this service

Free Parking - If you are coming by car, there is 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. 




“I had consistently been losing weight for more than 8 months and had become accustomed to eating very little. This triggered a return of my anorexia, after a 20-year period of recovery. SWEDA were able to offer me an appointment the very next day. When we met I was feeling very ill and frightened.I spoke to them about my fears, but then took the decision to go to my doctor on the way home. I was admitted to hospital within a few days.”

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