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 6th July 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.

SWEDA's Self Help 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. 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, the journey to recovery becomes ever more achievable.

Why don’t you come along?

COVID-19 Guidelines

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. If you or any member of your close family are showing signs of Coronavirus symptoms, please do not come to the SWEDA premises.

We ask everyone to wash their hands when they enter and to wear a face covering on arrival and when walking around the premises. You may remove your face covering when you are seated. You will be asked to sign our COVID-19 Guidelines when you arrive to say that you understand and to help us with the Track and Trace process.

Useful Self Help Support Group Information:

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).



“I saw a SWEDA support worker on campus at university. I had been struggling with binge eating disorder and compulsive exercise for about ten years. The SWEDA support worker was able to help me look at my relationship with food and my body in a different way. I have learned to be kinder to myself and they taught me techniques which helped me to slow down my thinking. Now I can go out and have fun without worrying all the time.”

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