Eating disorders self-help groups launched in Norwich

New self-help groups have been launched 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 on Wednesday, March 7, from 6.30pm to 8pm, at the Norcas building in Exchange Street.

There will be two groups running concurrently on the first Wednesday of each month, for those affected by an eating disorder and individuals who may be caring for a family member or friend.

The groups will give people the chance to share experiences and gain support from others who may be dealing with a similar situation.

They have been organised by the charity and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).

Mark Banham, Beat group facilitator, said: '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.

'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.

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'We believe that similar benefits will be gained for members of the new groups in Norwich, tailored for those currently experiencing an eating disorder.'

For more information contact Louise Dunne, volunteering co-ordinator, by email at or by telephone on 01603 753338.

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