No Bodies Perfect (Scotland's Charity for Eating Disorders) Pages

Contact Details

Address: The No Bodies Perfect Centre for Eating Disorders and Mental Health, 112 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TB
Email: info@nbp-eating-disorders.co.uk
Website: www.nbp-eating-disorders.co.uk
Facebook: No Bodies Perfect
Twitter: @nbpeatdisorders
Meetup: www.meetup.com/nbp-eating-disorders



History and Background of No Bodies Perfect (Scotland's Charity for Eating Disorders)

The charity is managed by a Charity Director and a small team of volunteers and a Board of Trustees – there are currently five members of the Board of Trustees. We are the main Registered Scottish Charity for Eating Disorders.

The charity was founded by Alexandra O’Brien in May 2010 following her own previous 14 year history with an eating disorder, which started in her late teens. When she recovered, she knew that she wanted to provide support for other people struggling with eating disorders. Her background in psychology, psychotherapy and other therapies and support roles also heightened her aim of supporting other people with eating problems, particularly in Scotland. She has completed undergraduate and postgraduate training in Psychology, and undergraduate degrees in English, as well as postgraduate training in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Counselling and Stress Management Consultancy, and currently a professional Specialist Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, accredited by COSCA, BACP and BABCP.

Alexandra has lots of experience in eating disorders, including academic research and working directly with individuals with eating disorders. She is also Founder and Editor of The Voice: a support and news magazine for eating disorders. She has written a number of articles for The Voice, including conducting a recent study on The Value of Support Groups on Eating Disorders. She is also a member of many organisations, including the Eating Disorders Community Interest Network Scotland, of which she is a committee member. Alexandra is a specialist eating disorders clinician although has specialist interest in depression, self-harm, addictions, bullying, body language and dissociative disorder.

The charity also involves various other volunteers (as well as ‘casual’ or ‘temporary’ volunteers who help out now and again). Many of the No Bodies volunteers have completed training with the English eating disorders charity Beat, British Psychological Society training in Managing Self-Harm, Volunteer Manager Training, COSCA Counselling Skills Training, Cognitive-Behavioural Interventions, Emergency First Aid amongst other things – we actively look out for new training opportunities for all our volunteers. Many of the volunteers also have previous personal experience of eating disorders and mental health issues, and many come from various backgrounds, including psychology, mental health, counselling, nursing, mental health and education and the arts.

We also have a team of Recovery Representatives. We are always actively looking to new Recovery Representatives to join the team, especially as it is a pretty new initiative, but exciting to get people together who have recovered from an eating disorder or are in the late stages of an eating disorders. Recovery Representatives act as positive role models, and provide hope, support and inspiration to those who are currently struggling with food and eating issues, and show that recovery is possible.

No Bodies Perfect (formerly The Positive Steps Eating Disorders Support Group Glasgow) was founded in May 2010. It initially began with three members and one group leader/facilitator who met in a healthy living centre in the west end of Glasgow for an hour once a week. It had a very basic website, no advertising, no business cards, no volunteers and just a few members – very few people knew about the group. Since then, the small group has grown into an established Scotland-wide eating disorders charity and is known for its work all over the UK, and even to some people in the USA and Australia, such as the renowned eating disorder author, June Alexander. No Bodies Perfect is a Scottish Registered Charity (charity number SC043354).

No Bodies Perfect has provided face-to-face support to over 500 people (from May 2010 until July 2012) just during support group sessions. Many more people have received support via our Online Support Services, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching, Art and Creative Therapy, Information Service, Telephone Help, Recovery Representatives, talks and presentations, workshops, articles, research, Coffee and Chat Clubs, Art and Creative Classes, Book Club, Eating Disorder Support Website, Newsletters and The Voice Magazine and lots more. We aim to increase our services to other areas as well as increase the number of services we provide by applying for grants and funding.

Our aim is to provide support to eating disorder sufferers; increase awareness of eating disorders; reduce stigma and challenge the stereotypes surrounding eating disorders. We have already started this journey and will continue to work to achieve these aims.


Our Eating Disorder Services

We have had 1000s of enquiries from individuals, psychologists, psychiatrists, charities, counsellors, colleges and universities, carers, community mental health teams and many more, either wanting to join the support group sessions or wanting more information about what we do.

The charity is very valuable to a great many people who are struggling with various forms of eating and food distress. We do receive a lot of enquiries from people all over Scotland who wish a similar service in their area. We hope to start more support groups in the future. Our members are from all areas – Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, Edinburgh, Stirling, Inverclyde, North and South Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, Perth, and Renfrewshire

Our list of services can be seen in the 'Our Services' section of our official website: www.nbp-eating-disorders.co.uk

We also hope to introduce various other services with more funding, so we will update this website accordingly.

Charity Aims

1. To provide information, help, support and understanding to all individuals affected by eating disorders, and who either attend our support and social services, attend our events or meetings, join any of our sub-groups or enquire about our project and services.

2. To provide a supportive and encouraging environment so that all service users can express their thoughts, feelings and concerns freely, share their experiences openly and receive support, understanding and a listening ear at all times.

3. To provide a friendly and non-judgemental project that is open to anyone (over 16 years old) affected by eating disorders, regardless of age, sex, religion, culture, ethnic group, social background, occupation or sexual orientation.

4. To provide a confidential and safe service for individuals to talk and express themselves freely and to respect those who do not wish to talk.

5. To abide by the ground rules and boundary guidelines proposed and documented.

6. To provide a charity that respects confidentiality, privacy and diversity at all times. Confidentiality forms must be completed by service users, volunteers and visitors, as, and when, required.

7. To develop our services over time. This may include support services; online services; information services; education and outreach; social and recreational activities and eating disorder awareness.

8. To secure funds via donations, fundraising, grants and awards.

9. To schedule regular meetings with the Management Committee/Board of Trustees to review our services, update on our tasks, share ideas and experiences, develop our work and discuss current and future tasks and developments.

10. To ensure that the project and its services are accessible to as many individuals, groups and organisations as possible through networking, advertising, events, publicity and other forms of communication.

You can visit our OFFICIAL website here:
www.nbp-eating-disorders.co.uk or contact us via email: info@nbp-eating-disorders.co.uk

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    Eating Disorders Community Interest Network Scotland (EDCINS)

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