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]


telephone  07815799397

Film Event

There is still time for you to join us for a free showing of Seen but not Heard, a film funded by The Butterfly Bursary set up by NHS Lothian. Niamh Allen and our own Katie Bedford will be on hand to talk about making the film and answer any of your questions. Refreshments will be served very kindly by staff from Aberdeen Rosehill Trustees Savings Bank who have generously funded this event. The event takes place at Cafe Coast, Inspire Building, Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen AB24 5HP on Saturday November 7th, 2-4pm

Please support this event, as we are one of the first groups to view the film outside Lothian. Please email Irene our administrator to book a place via our contact form .


New group for Tayside

On Wednesday 21st October, our satellite group NEEDS2 Bridging the Gap held a Launch Night in The Carers’ Centre, Seagate, Dundee. It was very well attended. There were three guest speakers. First, Dr Paula Collin of the Tayside Eating Disorders Service gave an interesting overview of what is available for adults challenged by an eating disorder. Tina McGuff then gave a very emotional talk on how she came to write her book, Seconds to Snap, which is based on her struggling with, and then recovering from anorexia. She is now very focussed on helping others take steps to recover. Finally, Sara Preston, Beat’s Senior Young People’s Project Officer spoke about her own experience recovering and what Beat are currently doing in Scotland. Following refreshments the new group members split into groups of carers and those personally challenged with their own facilitators. The next group meeting will be on Wednesday 11th November from 7-9pm. If you have any queries please contact our administrator via contact form or leave a message on 01224 557672, and she will return your call.

Lucy’s Recovery – An Inspiration video

One of our group members recommended this short video from Beat. It can help support motivation towards recovery. It features lots of positive quotes and is very uplifting.


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Eating disorders support group launch in Dundee

We are delighted to announce that our satellite group, NEEDS2 Bridging the Gap, will hold its Launch Night on Wednesday October 21st from 7-9pm.

We hope to have a speaker and an opportunity for some sharing on the night.

Thanks must go to the eight volunteer facilitators who have been so enthusiastic taking this forward. Particular thanks must go to Fiona and Donald who have given so much of their time and talents finding a venue and organising planning meetings. We are also delighted to have the support of Tayside Eating Disorders Service and the North East of Scotland Managed Clinical Network.

Please download our flyer.

TSB bank fundraising

Local bank supports NEEDS (Scotland)

We are delighted to announce that the Rosehill branch of the Trustees Savings Bank have chosen NEEDS(Scotland) to be their nominated charity this year. They have very kindly pledged to raise £1000 for us which we will use to fund the screening of an ED related film. They have already presented us with £100 which we have used to buy cosy throws and cushions for our members to use on group nights.

So far, the bank staff have done a sponsored walk up Bennachie, and a 35mile “cycle” within the bank itself, during opening hours. This proved to be a great opportunity for raising awareness about eating disorders and what our charity does. They will also be holding a bake sale for customers and staff at Hallowe’en and holding a Christmas Hamper raffle.

Other suggestions for using the funds are :

  • pamper sessions e.g. massage, reiki and reflexology available
  • craft/board games sessions
  • printed recovery support leaflets for group members

If you would like to suggest anything please use the Contact Us page. We would be delighted to hear from you. This is YOUR group.

35 mile cycle to raise funds

Sponsored cycle within the bank

Coming-of-Age Ceilidh

Coming of Age Ceilidh

NEEDS(Scotland) held a coming of age ceilidh on April 3rd 2015 at Aberdeen University’s Elphinstone Hall. This celebration was organised by three of our young volunteers, Natasha Vickers, Emma Lindsay and Katie Bedford, and was very well attended.

Our group have now been supporting people struggling with an eating disorder and their friends and families for 21 years in the north-east, beginning in Westhill and Keith and coming together in Aberdeen in 2003.

The girls organised some fundraisers such as a bake sale and a leg waxing session for their partners, as well as a raffle on the night and auction of a gent’s watch and a pearl necklace. Our thanks must go to those who donated gifts or vouchers to the raffle including

Finnies the Jeweller
Just Gems of Cults
Northern Diamond Jeweller
Ishoka Hair and Beauty

The excellent ceilidh band ensured that the floor was always packed, and a very efficient “caller” ensured that we mastered the moves of each dance. We are very grateful to Aberdeen University Students’ Association’s Raising and Giving Campaign for covering our expenses on this occasion.

Coming-of-Age Ceilidh lads

New books for our library

New library resources

NEEDS would like to say a big thank you to Mary Dalgarno who ran the Baker Hughes 10k on the 15th May 2015 in aid of NEEDS. Mary raised the fantastic amount of £160 which we shall use to extend our library resources.

New books for our library

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NEEDS Scotland 2- Eating disorder support Dundee & Tayside

NEEDS(Scotland) 2

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