“Asking for help isn’t giving up,” said the horse, “It’s refusing to give up.”

Christmas Greetings 2020

We know that the festive season is a challenging time for those with eating disorders and their families, but this year with the pandemic, it is even more so. You will get through this by taking a little step at a time, and being kind to yourself. Everyone at NEEDS(Scotland) wishes our group members and their loved ones the best Christmas they can have, and hopefully in the New Year we can look to the longer days and Spring bulbs. Although we cannot hold our usual group meetings, we can direct you to telephone and or online support through the national eating disorders charity Beat at

Merry Christmas, best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year and remember,

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Unknown

“I can’t see a way through, said the boy,

“Can you see the next step?”


“Just take that.” said the horse.

“What else do you think?” said the boy.

“I think you are doing better than you think.”said the horse.

“Asking for help isn’t giving up,” said the horse, “It’s refusing to give up.”

Charlie Mackesy


Wellbeing Day 3 success

Here are some photos from our recent Wellbeing Day held at the Inspire Building on the Beach Boulevard.

Workshops were Bodytalk with Francine Dulong from BodyGossip and Laughter Yoga with Helen Spence. Claire from me2you nails created some very stylish nails. Taster complementary therapies were also available including, Shiatsu, massage, reflexology, and reiki.

This was a free event, the result of Albyn School’s winning presentation in their YPI competition resulting in a £3000 donation to NEEDS(Scotland).

The photos include some of the group mimes of situations which help us read, and situations where we feel stressed and uncomfortable.

There are also photos of the timeline we created together of happy and sad events in our lives.

You can also see photos of Helen Spence leading the Laughter Yoga session and an example of Claire’s nail painting skills.

It was a great day, which left everyone very relaxed, chilled and looking forward to the next Wellbeing Day!

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

Inspiring Volunteering Achievement Award logo

Scotland’s Beat Young Ambassadors win awards

NEEDS(Scotland) are delighted to announce that two of our volunteer facilitators, Katie Bedford and Emma Lindsey are part of the team of Beat Young Ambassadors in Scotland which was selected to receive an Inspiring Volunteering Achievement Award.

The award will be presented to two representatives by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh at the City Chambers. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday 16th June 2015 at 6.30pm followed by a drinks reception.This award ceremony is organised by Volunteer Centre Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Compact Partnership.

We have our fingers crossed for Katie and Emma to be the chosen representatives, but Sara Preston, Beat’s Young Peoples’ Participation Officer in Scotland, has arranged a celebration social day for all the Young Ambassadors on the following weekend so they can all receive their awards together.

Both Katie and Emma work tirelessly for NEEDS(Scotland) as well as for Beat, despite commitments to work and study respectively. Both are involved as supervised “buddies” for the Young Persons’ Department, and both were involved in the organisation of our Celebration Ceilidh last month at Elphinstone Hall. Girls, we salute you! Congratulations! A well deserved award.