A display in the Edinburgh Woollen Mill based in Dobbies Garden Centre in Aberdeen to raise awareness of eating disorders

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2016

The national charity B-eat had “Eating Disorders in the Workplace” as its theme this year. One of our volunteers, Paul Donald, created a display in the Edinburgh Woollen Mill based in Dobbies Garden Centre in Aberdeen to raise awareness of eating disorders and highlight the work of NEEDS(Scotland) and also MBEEDS, (Men and Boys Eating and Exercise Disorders Support)

We have also had a request to display information on eating disorders and what our charity does, at Anderson, Anderson and Brown, Professional Chartered Accountants in Aberdeen

Dennis Robertson, MSP, once again organised an Eating Disorders Conference at the Scottish Parliament which took place on Friday 26th February. The presentations were on four themes. You can access the debate held prior to the conference at www.theyworkforyou.com to hear various contributions from Dennis Robertson and other MSPs.


Early Intervention
This presentation highlighted a programme run by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College, London.

The programme was for 18-25 year olds referred to the outpatients service, and offered a range of proven therapeutic interventions, including online support, group-based therapy, university holiday sessions and evening appointments with clinicians. All the patients on the programme improved rapidly. This presentation was very interesting and gives hope for more early intervention being used more widely.


Marsipan and Junior Marsipan
This presentation discussed the management of really sick patients with anorexia nervosa.


New Technology
This presentation highlighted a scheme which gets appropriate information to GPs so that they know exactly what is available for their patients.


Males with Eating Disorders
This presentation from Paul Donald of MBEEDS and Sam Thomas of MGEDT, (Men Get Eating Disorders Too) discussed the myths surrounding males with eating disorders, also focussed on how MBEEDS were raising awareness through displays and youtube presentations featuring a comedian Dave Chawner who has personal experience of an eating disorder. There was also a personal story featured.

Edinburgh Woollen Mill staff raise awareness of eating disorders in the workplace

Edinburgh Woollen Mill staff raise awareness of eating disorders in the workplace

SEDIG Carers’ Conference 2016

The Scottish Eating Disorders Interest Group, SEDIG, held their 2016 Carers’ Conference at The City Chambers in Edinburgh on Saturday 27th February 2016. There was an interesting and varied programme featuring four presentations. The first highlighted B-eat’s initiative in Edinburgh and the Lothians which involves young people with eating disorders going through transitions. Theses can be between services, or perhaps coming to university or college in the Lothian area or just re-locating. This support is proving to be most beneficial, and hopefully it will be available in other parts of Scotland before long. Two B-eat Young Ambassadors, Caitlin and Nicole, also told their personal stories of recovery which were very inspiring.

Our own Mel Stevenson then gave a presentation on a Solution Based Approach which has helped her, and also helped her offer support to someone with an eating disorder. Her ideas gave us all something to think about in our own lives and how this approach could be used in a caring and supportive role.

After lunch, which allows delegates and speakers to chat with one another and meet others in similar situations, the presentations both featured males suffering from eating disorders. Bev Mattocks told the story of her son, a young rugby player and his struggle with anorexia. She has written two books, one telling the story of her son’s illness and recovery Please Eat, and the other When Anorexia Came to Visit. The second book features 20 families who discuss what it was like when anorexia invaded their lives. Both books are available in our library.

The final presentation was from Paul Donald who is one of our trustees, and is also the founder and director of MBEEDS, (Men and Boys Eating and Exercise Disorder Support), and Sam Thomas of MGEDT, (Men Get Eating Disorders Too). They both highlighted the difficulties males face, trying to get a diagnosis and also treatment, and also pointed at the very high volume of hits their websites get.

Carers’ Conferences are excellent sources of information, raise awareness, and provide a great opportunity to meet people who may be in, or have been in similar situations.

Ceramika event Feb 2016

Our afternoon at Ceramika

On Saturday 13th February, we held a joint event with our charity sponsors, TSB Rosehill Branch. Three staff members very generously gave up their their time, AFTER their work at the bank to join group members and volunteers at Ceramika for a pottery painting session.

Mel, the proprietor was very welcoming and patiently assisted us with our works of art. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience, finding it very therapeutic. We look forward to seeing our finished pieces, which are a mixture of plaques, dishes and mugs. We hope to hold another event in the near future.

Many thanks to the TSB at Rosehill for making this event possible. Social events such as this are very valuable, getting people out of the house, building confidence and engaging in a fulfilling activity amongst friends.

TSB Rosehill will continue to be our charity sponsors until May, and remain keen to fundraise and be involved with our group when they can. Their next event is an Easter Bake Sale next month. If you are in their area over the Easter period, do pop in and support them. Their baking is highly recommended!

Concentration is all important!

Concentration is all important!


Anticipation grows

Anticipation grows


Two of the finished works of art ready for glazing and firing!

Two of the finished works of art ready for glazing and firing!


Four week old Finlay makes his mark with Mel’s help!

Four week old Finlay makes his mark with Mel’s help!

SEDIG logo

Scottish Eating Disorders Interest Group (SCIO) Carer’s Conference 2016

Saturday 27th February 2016

Edinburgh City Chambers, 253 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ

9.30REGISTRATION – Tea and Coffee
10.00Welcome & Introductions Dr Jane Morris, Consultant Psychiatrist, Eden Unit, Aberdeen
10.15Transitions Transitions Training Resource – Jo Bruce, Beat Tranistions Project Officer (Scotland) and Sarah Taylor, Research Nurse Young Beat Ambassadors – Sarah and Nicole
11.15Solution Focused Approach – Mel Stevenson, Parent and Carer
12.15Lunch and Networking
13.15Eating Disorders in Males – The Role of Carers in Supporting Men with Eating Disorders – Sam Thomas, Men Get Eating Disorders Too Men and Boys Eating Disorders and Exercise Service (MBEEDS) – Paul Donald Eating Disorders aren’t just a “Girl Thing” – Bev Mattocks, Parent and Carer
14.30Question Time and Panel
15.30Closing Remarks

To attend, please complete a conference booking form and send with payment.

Scottish Eating Disorders Interest Group (SCIO) Registered Charity in Scotland No. SC45001

Art Studio Event

Pottery Painting event

Ceramika Art Studio
245-247 Union Grove
Aberdeen AB10 6SX

Art Studio Event

Pottery Painting

Sat 13th February

2 – 4pm


Due to a limited number of spaces available, confirmation of

attendance must be sent to Irene

via our contact form

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas & a Happy and Healthy New Year

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy and Healthy New Year from all at NEEDS x

Merry Christmas



Money donation

Thanks Ellon Mums

A huge Thank you to The Ellon Mums for donating the proceeds of their nearly new sale. The fantastic amount of £250 was raised. Thanks to all involved from everyone at NEEDS.

Money donation

Tayside support continues

Bridging the Gap meet again on

Wednesday 11th November

at 7-9pm 

The Carers’ Centre,

Seagate House,

132-134 Seagate,

Dundee, DD1 2HB

and following that, on the second Wednesday of every month.

Download the flyer here.

Film raises awareness of eating disorders

With the much appreciated support of our charity partners, the Trustees Savings Bank, Rosehill Branch, we were able to show the film Seen but not Heard to an audience of group members, carers, volunteers and some of the bank staff. Niamh Allen and our own Katie Bedford, who were involved in the making of the film, gave a short introduction and detailed the developments since the film was made. These include funding to show the film in Lothian schools and following the positive feedback, a film for young people is to be made. The team have also developed leaflets on eating disorders for distribution in GP practices.

The film highlighted a variety of eating disorders, with both male and females featured discussing their experiences and recovery. There was some very clever imagery and time for the audience to think about what they had seen.

The film was very well received by our audience who felt it was very informative and sensitively done. It was followed with a very lively discussion afterwards and refreshments.

Many thanks to Niamh and Katie for giving up their free time to show the film.

New support groups launch in Fife

The Linda Tremble Foundation are launching support group for those affected by an eating disorder and their partners, families and friends. An introductory meeting will be held on Tuesday 3rd November 2015 from 7-9pm at St Bryce Kirk St Brycedale Avenue, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1ET .

A flyer for advertising the event can be downloaded and printed from here.

More information is available from [email protected]


website www.lindatremblefoundation.org.uk

telephone  07815799397