Eating Distress North East (EDNE) was first established as NIWE in 1988 and re-launched in 2021. We offer independent confidential services mainly from our Newcastle base to people affected by eating distress across the North East of England.
Our roots are in community activism on Tyneside in the 1980s. We have retained the integrity of our foundational principles, being an enabling organization and understanding the value of continuing dialogue with people who use services and continue to offer empowering support to women and men. We remain flexible and responsive to changing need.
We are lucky to have a skilled and dedicated workforce, including volunteers, and a committed voluntary Board of trustees all helping to ensure the success of our mission.
EDNE currently employs one full-time member of staff, five part-time staff and several sessional counsellors.
EDNE was set up in 1988 in response to people asking for support because of problems around food, such as not eating or restricting; eating and getting rid of food; compulsively eating; and other issues.
‘Everyone affected by eating distress gets the right help at the right time and in the right place.’
Our First Steps films tell the stories of 4 different people to help you recognise the signs and symptoms of eating distress/disorder and so to be able to take the First Step.
As a small charity, we rely on the amazing generosity of the public to allow us to continue our work. Every donation is noticed and appreciated, and allows us to really make a difference in someone’s life – by helping to provide specialised one to one counselling sessions to people who would otherwise not be able to access them, run our support groups, and provide training so people can spot the signs of eating distress and help others seek the support they need as early as possible. We use Local Giving as our donation platform, and any contribution enables us to continue providing our supportive services for people struggling with anxiety around food