New – Thanks for volunteering with First Steps Becca –

We cannot thank Becca enough. When staff at First Steps receive comments like this, we know the work we do is worthwhile.

“It’s amazing how much more nervous you get when talking in front of people you know compared to people you don’t.

I love volunteering for First Steps!  It’s amazing seeing the variety of things they do – groups, 1-1 support, body image workshops to schools & training/presentations to professionals as well as other things. Never thought I’d ever have the confidence to even be able to access their service let alone volunteer.

Today involved doctors working in general practice. Just so happened that another ‘guest speaker’ was my psychiatrist from CAMHS who was also with another one of my previous workers from CAMHS. Can’t believe how much more nervous I was just because I knew someone, yet I’ve spoken at other events & been much less anxious. Weird how anxiety works sometimes…but glad I went! 

So rewarding hearing positive feedback from the GP’s though. Another fantastic afternoon with First Steps!  Truly incredible charity.”

Becca Kirkland – First Steps Volunteer


Thanks from all at First Steps. if you believe you may be suffering with an Eating Disorder, or know of someone who is displaying the signs associated with Eating Disorders please do not hesitate to contact us. We can help.

Alternatively, if you wish to contribute to our services, please click the donate now button as every penny helps us maintain the only Eating Disorder Charity in Derbyshire.


Thanks for volunteering with First Steps Karen –

I thoroughly enjoyed being a volunteer at First Steps. It was great being able to help and support others on their journey of recovery. Being able to turn my experience into something positive was very rewarding, and so too was the very generous feedback. I learned so much from staff, other volunteers and service users. I was able to put some of my counselling skills into practice, and learn how to put boundaries in place.

The support I received throughout my time as a volunteer was invaluable. I felt there was someone there if I needed help or to talk.”


Volunteering Opportunities in Derby:

Get Involved-We Need You!

We need people to help us in the following areas:

1. Awareness raising

2. Body Image Workshop support

3. Coffee Mornings/ Drop ins

4. Family and Carers

5. Fundraising activities & events

6.  Online befriending

7. Recovery and Self Help Group

8. Training to Professionals Support


For more information contact us:

Ingham House, 16 Agard Street, Derby, DE1 1DZ

T: 01332 367571 M: 07525055673

Or send us an email via our contact form

We support people all over Derbyshire and the surrounding areas who are affected by eating difficulties and disorders; this includes parents, carers, partners, friends and families. You don’t have to be diagnosed with a particular eating disorder to access our support.

Our Volunteers

We are extremely grateful to our team of volunteers, as the work they do is a fundamental part of the ongoing functioning of First Steps.

During 2015-16, our volunteers contributed to  8,791 hours for First Steps in Derbyshire!

A big thank you to:


Volunteer Role  
Louise Bellamy Counsellor  
Emma Keogh Counsellor and Online Befriender  
Amanda Smilie Befriender  
Katie Lawson Counsellor and Online Befriender  
Selina Hussain Online Befriender  
Amy Hudson Online Befriender  
Charlotte Gurney Online Befriender  
Rebecca Smith Online Befriender  
Diljit Dhanjal Online Befriender  
Rachael Tomlinson Online Befriender  
Alice Mileham Online Befriender  
Heidi Meynell Online Befriender  
Aaleyah Symons Online Befriender  
Rebecca Spong Online Befriender and Befriending monitor  
Lucy Amatt Online Befriender  
Melissa Ritchie Online Befriending monitor  
Lorna Budd


Online Befriender  
Lorraine Thomas Online Befriender


Kate Richmond Online Befriender  
Joanna Walker Online Befriender  
Sophie Burrows Online Befriender  
Abigail Marron


Online Befriender  
Katie Heeley Online Befriender  
Sandra Bennett Hypnotherapist  
Dr Anthony Natt Clinical Awareness Officer  
Molly Albon Young person’s support group volunteer  
Ben Stilgoe-McCombe Young person’s support group volunteer  
Robbie Paton Young person’s support group volunteer  
Louise Tilly Young person’s support group volunteer  
Heather Swain Young person’s support group volunteer  
Natalie Kirkland


Young person’s peer mentor  
Jessica Woodrow


Young person’s peer mentor  
Charlotte Elson


Young person’s peer mentor  
Maria O’Sullivan Young person’s support group & emotional eating volunteer  
Emily Elson Fundraising & CPD speaker  
Becca Kirkland GP Training  
Liv Sloley CPD speaker  
Jayne Brain Skills for Carers support


Fran Bird


Group support  
Rebecca Kenny Group support


Nick Armstrong Videographer  
Deborah Micieli Awareness raising  
Tomasz Wilczynski Fundraising


Natalie Mackenzie




Madeline Harris


Katie Cooper


Maria Stejter Student placement  
Rose Mabbitt Online Befriender  
Natasha Benischke Online Befriender  
Laura Johnstone Online Befriender  
Africa Gil Socorro Online Befriender  
Paul Dodsley Online Befriender  
Sasha Bipin Drop in [On a break]  
Maisie Cropley Drop in  
Leah Merrington Drop in  
Beth Garrick Drop in  
Nicola Bowden Group support  
Sean Burr Group support & Drop in  
Lucy Herd Drop in  
Amy Trolley Group support & Drop in  
Sophie Jordan Group support & Drop in  
Leeya Pancholi Group support