Bringing hope, opportunities and choices to lives affected by eating disorders

First Steps is Derbyshire's only Eating Disorder Charity

First Steps is Derbyshire’s only eating disorder charity. To find out more, please click here.

Recovery and Self-help groups are an integral part of the support we provide at First Steps. For eating disorder support, please click here.

First Steps offer eating disorder training. To find out more, please click here.

Eating disorder charities like First Steps rely on donations. To help people understand What is an eating disorder? And obtain the eating disorder support they require, please click here.

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Winners of the Queens Award 2016

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

First Steps – Winners of the Queen’s Award
for Voluntary Service – 2016

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Our Service Users

  • “I’d like to take this chance to say thanks for all your advice. I finally feel that after suffering in silence for 16 years I’m actually getting the help I need. I’ve still got a long way to go but I now feel that I can beat this I’m hoping to make it to one of the meetings soon.”–Anonymous, Derby

  • "I didn't think I would complete my A-Levels. FS Have enabled me to make many new friends which when I first joined I didn’t think was possible and also the strength to complete my A-levels so that I can now start university. So a very big thank you to everyone at First Steps for helping me in my recovery”–Anonymous, Derby

  • "I thoroughly enjoyed working at First Steps during the last week and felt that I gained a varied experience towards the work life within this organisation.Thank-you for my opportunity of the work placement, I feel as though I couldn't have found anywhere better for this experience."–Lauren, Volunteer

  • "Yes, I feel more confident about myself. I feel as if I can talk to the staff about anything. I have achieved my goal of eating tea and lunch with FSDs help. I feel more involved with things outside of my house.”–Anonymous, Derby

  • “I had an eating disorder from being about 15 – 19. But I never had any professional support. It’s great to use the experiences I had then to now support and help others. While at FSD I have learnt a huge amount about EDs and other mental health problems, this is good experience for me as a student social worker. I have made some friends and have met many inspirational people.–Volunteer, Derby

  • “I can't thank my counsellor Emma and First Steps enough. My experience with them has changed my life and day to day experience.  The way I think and deal with life now it is like I am a different person.” –Leonie, Derby


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Helping us provide support for those with Difficulties Eating
Helping us provide support for those with Difficulties Eating
Helping us provide support for those with Difficulties Eating