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About Us

Eating Distress North East – offering independent confidential services to people affected by eating distress across the North East of England.

Our mission and vision

Who we are

Our offer

Our values

Our objectives

Our approach

Providing a strategic voice

Policies

Annual reports and accounts

Our funders


Our mission and vision

We exist because every individual affected by eating distress deserves specialist support, hope, and to know that recovery is possible.

Our vision is to offer every individual impacted by eating distress in the North East hope, understanding and a route to recovery.

Who we are

We are the only specialist eating distress charity in the North East and aim to be a centre of excellence for eating distress support. We offer counselling, support, information, help and hope to anyone in the North East affected by eating distress.

This support is offered to people who are experiencing eating distress with or without a medical diagnosis.

Our offer

We deliver counselling and psychotherapy, health and wellbeing groups, education, and support to individuals, friends, families and carers, free of charge and by self-referral. Our services include:

  • Free one-to-one counselling
  • Education and training for professionals to aid early identification and prevention
  • Wellbeing workshops for individuals and friends and family

Eating Distress North East was set up in 1988 (formerly called NIWE) and now has a track record of over 30 years of experience in delivering high-quality services to anyone experiencing eating distress.

We work to raise awareness, increase understanding and influence early identification and treatment.

Our values

We are inclusive of all voices, bringing the experience and insights of our diverse service users to shape what we do and how we work.

  • Listening to our users and responding to their needs.
  • Holistic – working with the whole person, not their condition or symptoms.
  • Believing everyone can look forward to the future with hope and confidence that recovery is possible. 
  • Safe and confidential – respectful of users’ integrity and dignity.  
  • Inclusive – being open, welcoming, compassionate and non-judgmental
  • Professional – using good practice in all our work.

Our objectives

  • To provide high quality services to anyone experiencing eating distress in North East England.  
  • To be an organisation that seeks to continuously improve in order to provide the best possible services. 
  • To heighten awareness and increase knowledge of eating distress and its effects.
  • To influence the development and improvement of services.
  • To be a sustainable organisation maintaining high quality governance and management.

Our approach

We align with the NICE Guidelines on Eating Disorders: recognition and treatment. These highlight the need for awareness that eating distress might be a difficult thing to discuss because of feelings of stigma and shame. The guidelines also emphasise the need for people in different protected characteristics groups, with a range of life experiences and across levels of income, to have equitable access to support.

This is why we offer our service for free to anyone over 16 in the North East with or without a medical diagnosis.

Providing a strategic voice

EDNE strives to influence the development and improvement of services for anyone affected by eating distress. We do this by engaging with strategic forums and networks locally, regionally and nationally.

We amplify the voices of service users with funders, commissioners and policymakers in various places including:
The North East and North Cumbria (NENC) ICS Adult Eating Disorder Provider Collaborative; the NENC VCSE Partnership Programme and Mental Health  subgroups; the ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) Task and Finish Groups; and other relevant networks and forums.

We have also taken part in research into the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on people with eating disorders with Northumbria University, facilitating workshops with clients and researchers.

Part of the REDCAN network

We are part of the Regional Eating Disorders Charities and Network (REDCAN) which helps us to share our experiences, learn from others, and campaign with a raised profile on issues affecting people with eating disorders.
View the REDCAN website.


Policies

Privacy policy

Data Protection

Complaints policy

Whistleblowing policy

Annual reports and accounts

You can view our latest annual reports and accounts on the Charity Commission website.

Our funders

We are funded by the following organisations:


Our impact

Find out the impact on our service users, prevention and early intervention.

Meet the Team

We have a skilled and dedicated staff team who are committed to delivering high quality services across all areas of the organisation

Vacancies

Find out about our paid employment and placement opportunities and help us support people on their route to recovery

What you say

Testimonials

You think you’re the only person in the world. Now I’ve found out I’m not the only one.

Testimonials

The counselling sessions were absolutely amazing and life-changing.

Testimonials

I used to block out feeling with food, it’s not like that now’

Testimonials

Once I got through the door it was easy. They didn’t judge. EDNE helped me to get to be this new person. The old one never looked up and never spoke.

Testimonials

The EDNE counsellor’s the only person who has helped me.. the big high walls have come down

Testimonials

It has literally changed the quality of my life.

Testimonials

Eating distress ..is such a secretive thing. This has been the first time I didn’t feel alone with it.

Testimonials

The counselling has been a big turning point and the support from EDNE has been amazing.

Testimonials

‘..has given me life-changing help. They’ve helped me overcome the barriers. It’s been about unravelling decades.

Testimonials

EDNE started me thinking about what resilience is and how I could manage day to day and have strategies’

Testimonials

EDNE was friendly welcoming and flexible

Testimonials

‘I couldn’t have managed without coming here. I genuinely think this place has kept me alive. I have a sense of hope now.’

Testimonials

..entire process has been incredibly supportive and empathetic, giving me the support I needed to move forwards.

Testimonials

‘It was not just putting a plaster over something, it was about healing it. I can’t describe how it feels to have switched my mindset, after 50 years it is mind-blowing’

Testimonials

I was given permission to feel. Instead of being a person with an eating disorder, I was a person who could feel feelings’

Testimonials

I’ve really appreciated the help I’ve been given at EDNE, I didn’t feel like I was just there as a client who just needed to get to the end of their sessions. I actually felt heard and understood.

Maudsley Course Testimonials

The course exceeded my expectations ! ..Excellent practical examples.. Feels empowering to have these tools…

Maudsley Course Testimonials

I would thoroughly recommend this course to other carers wherever they are on their journey of supporting a loved one with and ED. Thank you EDNE.

Maudsley Course Testimonials

your unerring positivity, your calmness.. your skill, your knowledge and true EMPATHY(!) lifted the darkness and I am sure made everyone feel SO much better. I feel more positive today than I have for ages.

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