Support Groups & Social Clubs

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Glasgow and West Scotland Eating Disorders Service

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About Support Groups

Our established Eating Disorder Support Group started in Spring 2010. It has been very valuable to 100s of people from all over Scotland. We've seen many people 'recover' and make many changes in their lives. This is so inspiring and rewarding to witness!

 

Unlike many other support groups - eating disorder and non-eating disorder - our groups are regulated, have boundary and confidentiality policies and are managed by both professionals and volunteers with personal experience of eating disorders who have now recovered.

 

Many support groups don't have these standards and are poorly managed and regulated. Some of us have been to such groups and we know what works and what doesn't work. This is why our support groups are successful and have a good reputation.

 

Talking with others who have similar issues surrounding food and eating, and with people who have now recovered, can be very valuable.

 

Everyone attending support groups – members, volunteers and staff - really understand, listen, and provide lots of encouragement and support. We never judge. Support groups are pro-recovery and have guidelines in place to ensure groups are not triggering, don't mention weights, measures or appearance and are as safe as they can possibly be.

 

See more about our Eating Disorder Support Groups and our other Support Groups, Social Clubs and Mindfulness Club below.

At last! I have found somewhere I feel safe and comfortable talking and sharing what I am going through.

- Support Group Member -

Eating Disorder Support Groups

Eating Disorder Support Groups may be something that can help you on the road to getting better and getting some support and understanding with your eating and food difficulties. You are very welcome to come along. Support groups:

 

  • Take place twice per month: one evening per month (5.45pm-7.15pm) and one afternoon per month (1pm-2.30pm). Days to be confirmed.
  • Held in central Glasgow and cost £5 per group.
  • Members have different types of eating problems: bulimia, binge-eating, comfort eating, anorexia, obesity, compulsive eating and other problems that may not fit these categories.
  • Anyone over 16 years old is welcome.
  • Run by: qualified therapists with previous personal experience of eating disorders (now recovered); volunteers who have recovered; volunteers and therapists from a variety of psychology, psychotherapy, counselling and mental health backgrounds.
  • Everyone understands, listens and provides lots of encouragement and support. Groups are pro-recovery and give you the opportunity to express yourself freely, in confidence, with people who understand and 'get it'.
  • A place where you can come along and say what you think, what you are feeling and express yourself with no judgement - only support.
  • No pressure to talk if you don't want to. You're welcome to listen. It's important to use support groups in ways you feel most comfortable with.
  • You don't need to have a 'diagnosed' eating disorder, be underweight/overweight, be seeing a psychiatrist or anything like that. If food and eating is a problem in your life, you are welcome to come along!
  • Chat with others who have similar problems. We talk about serious things, but we also aim to have a little laugh too and make people feel welcome and relaxed as possible .
  • People from all areas welcome (not just Glasgow). We have members from Edinburgh, Falkirk, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Stirling, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and other places .
  • Any age welcome! We have a wide range of age groups who attend - from 16 to 70! Eating disorders can affect anyone of any age!
  • All Support Groups (Eating Disorder and others) are scheduled via our private Meetup space. We have to pay for Meetup bi-annually, so we ask that you only join it if you definitely intend to come to groups. You must join the Meetup space to attend Support Groups as we cannot email everyone individually when we host a group.
  • Meetup: private, close and joining is approved by a Moderator. There's lots of other things on it e.g. self-help files and worksheets; inspirational quotes; helplines; news, updates, upcoming events and lots more. Support Groups are scheduled there too so you know when these take place. Please RSVP to attend.
  • Join Meetup below. You will be given more information about Support Groups when you register or you can contact us for an Information Sheet about Support Groups.
  • We look forward to seeing you at a Support Group soon!

PLEASE NOTE: we don't currently have a Family and Friends Support Group running, however, if you are interested in one, please let us know and, if we get enough interest, we will start one. Get in touch via the Contact Us Form here.

Family & Friend Support Groups

Family and Friend Support Groups are for anyone who is 'supporting' a friend, family member, or partner with an eating disorder or disordered eating.

 

Supporting someone with food and eating-associated problems can be difficult and stressful in many ways. It can be painful to watch someone we care about experience problems with eating and food.

 

You may really want to do everything you can to help your loved one get 'better’ or seek help and support for an eating disorder. However, it’s important that supporters remain strong and cared for too. It’s difficult to support people if we are not looking after ourselves, are feeling stressed or anxious, are worrying all the time and not taking time away from the ‘eating disorder’. It makes sense, doesn’t it?

 

Family and Friend Support Groups provide a time and space to care for yourself and share some of your thoughts and feelings with others who may have similar experiences. We also offer one-to-one therapy, counselling and psychotherapy to Family and Friends too. See Get Help and Support section for details.

 

  • Take place one afternoon per month (1pm-2.30pm) day to be confirmed, in Glasgow city centre. £5 per group.
  • For family, friends, partners etc. with a loved one experiencing different eating problems: bulimia, binge-eating, comfort eating, anorexia, obesity, compulsive eating, and other problems that may not fit these categories.
  • Run by qualified therapists with previous personal experience of eating disorders (now recovered); volunteers who have recovered; and volunteer/therapists from various psychotherapy, psychology, counselling and mental health backgrounds.
  • Everyone understands, listens and provides lots of encouragement and support. Groups offer the opportunity to express yourself freely, in confidence, with people who understand and 'get it'.
  • A place where you can come along and say what you think, what you are feeling and express yourself with no judgement - only support.
  • No pressure to talk if you don't want to. You're welcome to listen. It's important to use support groups in ways you feel most comfortable with.
  • Chat with others who have similar problems. We talk about serious things, but we also aim to have a little laugh to and make people feel welcome and relaxed as possible .

  • People from all areas welcome (not just Glasgow). We have members from Edinburgh, Falkirk, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Stirling, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and other places.
  • All Support Groups (Eating Disorder and others) are scheduled via our private Meetup space. We have to pay for Meetup bi-annually, so we ask that you only join it if you definitely intend to come to groups. You must join the Meetup space to attend Support Groups as we cannot email everyone individually when we host a group.
  • Meetup: private, closed and joining approved by a Moderator. There's lots of other things on it e.g. self-help files and worksheets; inspirational quotes; helplines; news, updates, upcoming events and lots more. Support Groups are scheduled here too so you know when these take place. Please RSVP to attend.
  • Join Meetup via the button below. You will be given more information about Support Groups when you register or you can contact us an Information Sheet about Support Groups. We look forward to hearing from you!

Glasgow Women's Support Group

We have other Support Groups that are open to anyone over 16 years with, or without, personal experience of an eating disorder/disordered eating including the Glasgow Women's Support Group (GWSG).

 

GWSG is a new support group for women, by women, starting in Spring 2018 and based on the other support groups we have been running since May 2010. It's a:

 

  • General support group for women to come along and get support, encouragement and a listening ear from other group members, volunteers and a qualified psychotherapist(s).
  • Females over 16 years old are welcome.
  • Members have different types of concerns e.g. low mood/depression, anxiety, relationship issues, stress, work problems, body image issues, low confidence, low self-esteem and many other problems/concerns that don't fit these categories.
  • It's NOT a support group for physical health issues (although we understand those who attend may experience such in addition to other problems).
  • May be something that can help you on the road to getting better and getting some support and understanding with difficulties and concerns.
  • When?: 1 evening per month, 5.45pmpm-7.15pm, Glasgow city centre. Day to be confirmed. Cost: £5.
  • Facilitated by qualified therapists experienced in working with a range of problems. Volunteers who have recovered from various problems or who are from, e.g. counselling/mental health/psychology backgrounds also help run groups.
  • Members and volunteers understand, listen and provide lots of encouragement and support and never ever judge one another. Groups give you the opportunity to express yourself freely, in confidence, with people who understand and 'get it'.
  • No pressure to talk if you don't want to - you're welcome to listen in. It's important to use support groups in ways you feel most comfortable with.
  • Confidential, safe and private.
  • You don't need to have a 'diagnosed' problem, be seeing a psychiatrist etc. If you are looking for support and a listening ear, then you are welcome to come along!
  • Bring a friend/family member with you if you want. (Please note: we don't provide support to family/friends etc. during groups. The £5 fee also applies to those you bring along with you).
  • People from all areas welcome - not just Glasgow. We have people from Edinburgh, Perth, Falkirk, Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire, Stirling, Renfrewshire and many other places come along.
  • Groups are friendly, supportive and informal. There's no pressure and we welcome new people at all times. We enjoy meeting new members!

 

Interested? Please feel free to get in touch via our Contact Form here . Alternatively, join the separate Meetup space we have called 'Glasgow Support Groups' (see button below). We have a separate Meetup space for these groups given they are non-eating disorder specific.

 

Given we have to pay for a Meetup subscription bi-annually, we ask that you only join our Meetup spaces if you definitely intend to come to groups. You must join the Meetup space to attend Support Groups - we cannot email everyone individually when we host groups.

 

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or need any more information. Thanks!

Mindfulness Club

We have a new Mindfulness Club group starting in Spring 2018 for anyone over 16 years with, or without, personal experience of an eating disorder/disordered eating.

 

What is Mindfulness? ‘Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives. It will not eliminate life's pressures, but it can help us respond to them in a calmer manner that benefits our heart, head, and body. It helps us recognise and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events. It provides us with a scientifically researched approach to cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding. Practicing mindfulness allows us to be fully present in our life and work, and improve our quality of life’. (www.mindfulnet.org). The Mindfulness Club is a:

 

  • 1-hour, fortnightly (or weekly) group that aims to introduce you to the skill of mindfulness. Each session has a different theme and you can attend as many times as you want. So, if you miss a particular theme, you can catch it next time..
  • Through various short exercises, we learn the discipline of directing the spotlight of our attention. When we take control of our mind in this way, we say we are being mindful.
  • We learn how to move our attention to a particular object or task and then notice what our mind is doing when we practice this skill. Over time, we learn how to direct our attention to a focus of our choosing.
  • Dates and times to be confirmed.
  • Has up to 10 other members who want to develop awareness and mindfulness skills, just like you. 2 facilitators/therapists will also attend.
  • Group are organised around one of 6 different themes. Each theme is offered on a fortnightly, rolling basis. Themes can overlap, meaning you will develop an integrated mindfulness practice over time. After 6 sessions, we return to the first theme (hence the term ‘rolling program’).
  • The 6 main themes are: Surroundings; Movement; Assumptions; Sounds; Judgements; and Food.
  • Groups include mindfulness of breath; feedback; various mindfulness exercises (depending on the theme) and setting in-between group mindfulness practice. Themes are focussed on developing and enhancing awareness.
  • Activities are gentle and experiental and there is no pressure. You will be given opportunities to apply what you have learned into daily life.
  • Supportive, encouraging and welcoming. We aim to make groups relaxed so that you have time and space to develop your mindfulness practice over time.
  • Groups are confidential and members are asked to respect our confidentiality guidelines.
  • You don’t need a referral - anyone can attend. You don’t need to tell anyone you’re attending if you don’t want to.
  • Practice is done in an upright position, in chairs.
  • Cost: £10 per one-hour session, paid at the start of the session. Based in central Glasgow.

 

Interested? Get in touch here or join our Meetup space (see button below). We have a separate Meetup space for these groups given they are non-eating disorder specific.

 

Given we have a bi-annual Meetup subscription to pay, we ask that you only join our Meetup spaces if you definitely intend to attend groups. You must join the Meetup space to attend - we cannot email everyone individually when we host groups/clubs. Thanks!

Social Clubs

We believe that participating in various types of social and occupational activity is very important to making changes and recovering from any mental health problem, including eating disorders.

 

Social clubs and activities are a vital part of recovery and can help in so many ways: make new friends; challenge social anxiety; try new things; learn new skills; challenge control and routine; are relaxing; and allow you to engage in 'me' time. Having an enjoyable time away from your problems for a little while can really aid recovery.

 

We provide various social activities, including the following:

 

  • Coffee and Chat Clubs
  • Book Groups
  • Arts and Creative Classes
  • Discussion Group
  • Events/Social Outings

.... and lots more!

 

We welcome your ideas and suggestions, so please feel free to let us know what social and occupational activities and clubs you would like us to offer.

 

As with support group meetings, social activities, such as Coffee and Chat Clubs and Book Groups are scheduled on our Meetup website so that they are readily available for you to see, as, and when, they are scheduled. Please read more about Meetup in the section above about Support Groups. Thanks!

 

Please feel free to join our private Meetup web-space below if you are interested in social clubs and activities. Please join the Meetup space only if you intend to come to groups, as we do have to pay a bi-annual subscription to use Meetup. Thanks!

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