As you may be aware FEDS Kirklees have had the most amazing support from University of Huddersfield during the past 3 years. They have provided us with a meeting room free of charge for the past 18 months and also co-hosted the Eating Disorders Awareness Day in May 2014.
Two staff at the University have offered to continue running the Carers' Support Group and the University have given them the approval to pilot running the group for the next six months.
Gemma Fieldsend works in the Wellbeing & Support Services at University of Huddersfield and is also Associate Trainer for B-eat. She has numerous years of working within the field of eating disorders. Gemma and her colleague Julie Clearly will both be attending the 1st April 2015 FEDS meeting and also attend B-eat training on the 18th April 2015 .
I have yet to work out the finer details of this with Gemma and will let you all know as soon as I know more.
It was a very difficult decision for me to stop running FEDS and close the group down after 3 years; so I am relieved to know that FEDS will contiue and that you will be in very safe hands.
I hope that you can all make the final meeting that myself and my mum will be running and come along and show your support and give Gemma & Julie the warm welcome they deserve.
19th March 2015
End of an Era
After serious consideration it is with
regret that I have decided to stop running FEDS Kirklees Carers Support Group.
I founded the group on 05 January 2012
and we will have our last meeting on 1st April 2015.
We have regular attenders of around 6
people who have all formed good relationships with the other group attendees
and as a result they have each other’s contact numbers and speak/support each
other outside the group.
Unfortunately despite my best efforts
to raise awareness of the group, we are not getting any new attendees. I
have pretty much run the admin side of the group single handed from day one and
now that I work full time, as well as still supervising my now 18 year old
daughter for breakfast and evening meals it is too much for me to continue
running the group.
It has been a very worthwhile thing
running the group as I know that it has helped several parents/partners whilst
dealing with a loved one with an eating disorder, the youngest been aged 9 and
the eldest been 44.
FEDS Kirklees have worked alongside
CAMHS and Adult Services in Huddersfield trying to improve the links between
the two services; especially the transition from CAMHS to Adult Services at
FEDS Kirklees have worked closely with
Huddersfield University since 2012.
Since September 2013 Huddersfield University very generously provided us
with a meeting room and in May 2014 we co-hosted a full day on eating disorders,
which was attended by 100+ health care and educational professionals and opened
by local MP Barry Sheerman.
I will still continue to do work with
Huddersfield University when their mental health nursing students are covering
eating disorders as it is very important that the “future health care
professionals” have a full understanding of eating disorders and the impact they
have on families.
I have met some amazing and
inspirational people during my time running FEDS Kirklees and made some
I would especially like to thank my mum
Gillian Holroyd for stepping in at the last minute in March 2012 to train to be
a Group Facilitator; without her I would not have been able to run the B-eat
Carers support group. My mum has only
ever missed on meeting in July 2014 even when my dad was critically ill in
hospital ensuring that there were 2 Group Facilitators at every meeting.
I would also like to thank Ouadia Lewis
and Dinah Wylde for also training as Group Facilitators and their help in
fundraising and running the group.