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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Beating the blues

 Although not specifically for those affected by eating disorders, this new online course from the NHS may be of help to you if you are feeling depressed or anxious. The course has 8 sessions and is available through your GP. It is easy to use and totally confidential. It is available as a treatment with or without medication and accessible wherever or whenever you choose. It is also recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for the treatment of depression. Visit for more information.

Parent/Carer Representation

The Scottish Child and Adolescent Mental Health Eating Disorders Services have recently held their first national conference and created a steering group which will meet three times per year. The purpose of this group is to maintain links between the services, look at current practice, discuss what the services need, and look at recent research.
Two parent/carer representatives have been appointed to the committee. Eva Musby, who is herself a parent/carer and the author of Anorexia and other eating disorders: How to help your child eat well and be well. The other is myself, Heather Cassie, chairperson of NEEDS(Scotland).
Both Eva and I would invite parents/carers to contact us with any issues they wish to raise with the steering group regarding services in their area and any suggestions you may have. You can contact me (Heather) through this website, or alternatively Eva through her webpage and we can raise these issues on your behalf. This Steering Group firmly believes that working together is the way forward in the struggle towards recovery.


2015 July SAGE award

UK award for GI collaboration with ED

NHS Grampian’s effective work for patients with eating disorders, which integrated teams in the Gastrointestinal (GI) department, the Eden Eating Disorders (ED) Unit and the outpatient eating disorder services, has scooped 2nd prize in the UK SAGE Awards. Congratulations to everyone involved!

The accolade is for the “Integrated Education Resource for the medical management of severe life-threatening anorexia nervosa” and has been made by SAGE (Shire Awards for Gastrointestinal Excellence) which are designed to allow individual healthcare professionals, units and healthcare networks in gastrointestinal care to be recognised for innovative work, share best practice and raise standards of patient care.

Dr Alastair McKinlay, Consultant Gastroenterologist, attended the awards ceremony in London last month, with Dr Jane Morris Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Lesley Pillans, and Pauline Milne from the Eden Unit, and Marie McKimmie from the outpatient eating disorder service.

Alastair said: “It is a great honour to have national recognition for the collaboration between the Department of Digestive Diseases, Ward 104 ARI and the Eating Disorder Services. The link between the GI services in ARI and the Outpatient, Daycase and inpatient facility in the Eden Unit is one of the most comprehensive in the UK. It has given us a wonderful opportunity to develop truly collaborative working, and we now want to share that experience with other units. The SAGE Award will allow us to develop a project to build a series of educational training resources on Anorexia Nervosa for Scotland and the UK.

“We were one of three projects shortlisted by SHIRE, all of which were of a very high standard, so we are delighted with achieving second place. Above all it recognises the work that the nurses, dietitians, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists and doctors have done over many years to build a truly integrated service in Grampian. It’s the fantastic staff that we have working in ARI and Cornhill that have made this possible, and they are the real winners.”

NHS Grampian’s effective work for patients with eating disorders has scooped 2nd prize in the UK SAGE Awards
[L-R] Dr Lesley Pillans, Marie McKimmie, Dr Jane Morris, Dr Alastair McKinlay and Pauline Milne.

2015 July AUSA Disbursement Ceremony cheque

Aberdeen University students award cheque to NEEDS(Scotland)

Aberdeen University Students’ Association held their Disbursement Ceremony at the Sir Duncan Rice Library on 24th June 2015. NEEDS(Scotland) were delighted to be presented with a cheque for almost £1400 at the event. We hope to hold a conference day for group members with speakers and workshops in March 2016 using these funds.

Committee members Alison Lynch and Heather Cassie (Chairperson) attended the ceremony and received the cheque.

2015-July AUSA Disbursement Ceremony cheque