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 Group for those affected by Eating Disorders on the first Wednesday of each month

* Next face-to-face Group Meeting is Wednesday 2nd February 2022 at 7-8.30pm *

Zoom meetings are currently running on remaining Wednesdays

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are limited on numbers. Please send an email to [email protected] if you would like to book a space on either a face-to-face or Zoom meeting.

The group is open to anyone who:

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 while 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 support group is user led so, 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 your 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 and a sense of community, whilst letting you know that 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.

Why don’t you come along?

COVID-19 Guidelines

As we are 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, 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 that you understand and also to help us with the Track and Trace process.

Useful Information:

7.00 to 8.30pm

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

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. 

Our online group will continue to run on Wednesdays (except the day of the face-to-face group).  If you would like more information about the online group, please email or call us ([email protected] or 01749 343344).



“Whenever I have contacted SWEDA, I have always received a very quick response, and have felt completely safe to ask for help when I have needed it. There have been periods of time when I have not needed a lot of contact, and times when I have asked for frequent contact. Talking to the same person over a long period of time has meant I have had a consistent place to go for support, and this has been invaluable."

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