Frequently Asked Questions

Fist Steps - Frequently Asked Questions

if you have a question that we haven’t answered below, please do not hesitate to get in touch


  • How do I access support?

    Just give us a call or send an email to arrange an introductory meeting.
    We can then discuss the options for support with you. Visit our contact us page – here.

  • Do I have to pay to access your support?

    As a charity we rely on donations and are grateful for the support we receive. So while most of our services are free we do appreciate donations to help maintain our services. These can be made on an ad hoc basis or by regular contribution via our just giving page.<br/

  • Do I have to be diagnosed to get support?

    No. First Steps will support anyone having difficulties with food, whether they have been diagnosed with an eating disorder or not.

  • Do you have to be over 18 to access the service?

    No. We offer support to children and young people too. We offer a range of support, including: Young Person’s Recovery and Self-help groups, 1:1 Support or Online Support.

  • Is it only females who can develop an Eating Disorder?

    No. Eating disorders don’t discriminate between male and female. In fact, between 10-15% of all eating disorder sufferers are male.

  • How did First Steps come about?

    First Steps was set up by people with lived experience of eating disorders and were unable to get any professional support. The majority of people who work or volunteer for First Steps have a specialist interest because they have either suffered themselves or know somebody close to them who has had/or is having difficulties.