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7 March 2012, 05:00
Norwich-based eating disorder charity Beat together with Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) have started new self help groups in the Norwich area for people with eating disorders.
Following a successful open evening held in February, Beat is holding its first self-help groups tonight from 6.30pm - 8pm at Norcas. There will be two groups running concurrently, for those affected by an eating disorder and individuals who may be caring for a family member or friend.
These groups, facilitated by trained Beat group facilitators, will give people the chance to share experiences and gain support from others who may be dealing with a similar situation.
Mark Banham, Beat Group Facilitator comments: "We are really looking forward to the start of these groups, enabling us to support people over 18 who may be dealing with an eating disorder problem. Having already worked with a carers group for a year, I can say from my experience that this supportive work definitely makes a difference."
Mark continues, "The carers appear to enjoy the opportunity to come together in a safe and confidential environment and we hope this will carry on as the carer's group progresses into its second year. We believe that similar benefits will be gained for members of the new groups in Norwich, tailored for those currently experiencing an eating disorder."
The 2 separate groups will meet at NORCAS, 35/37 Exchange Street, Norwich, NR2 1DP on the first Wednesday of each month between 6.30pm and 8.00pm.
If you would like to know more about the groups, or are interested in volunteering, contact: Louise Dunne, Volunteering Co-ordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 01603 753338.