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 Meetings are: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SUPPORT GROUP is now running online, 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 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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