What we do

First Steps is Derbyshire’s only eating disorder charity. We support people all over Derbyshire and the surrounding areas who are affected by eating difficulties and disorders; this includes parents, partners and families. Many of the staff and volunteers have had personal experience of an eating disorder either as a sufferer or as a loved one, and food no longer controls their everyday lives. First Steps offers a friendly and non-judgmental atmosphere for anyone who is having difficulties with food related issues; you don’t have to be diagnosed with a particular eating disorder. If you come along to our sessions on 16 Agard Street, you will soon realise that there are other people feeling the same way as you.

We offer support to people of ALL AGES WITH ANY TYPE OF EATING DIFFICULTY OR DISORDER.

Please be aware that we do not work with children under the age of 5 who may be experiencing feeding problems, such as specific food phobias, or fussy eating. If you think your child may be struggling with something like this then it is recommended that you visit your GP. More information can be found online at, Great Ormond Street Hospital website, or on the NHS website 

Monday

The first Monday of every month we have the Emotional Eating one to one support sessions. These are by appointment only and are 45 minute sessions in the afternoon. Please contact us for more information.

The Nottingham Recovery and Self Help Groups are on a fortnightly basis, Mondays 6:30–8pm. The first hour covers a topic which may prove useful for recovery, followed by a time to socialise or talk to the staff and volunteers. Please see our calendar for future dates and topics.

Tuesday

Four times per year, we run Skills For Carers workshops. These take place on a Tuesday evening from 7-9pm. These workshops require booking prior to arrival and run for a series of 7 sessions. The workshops offer a toolbox of skills for tackling eating disorder difficulties, focusing on warmth, empathy and self-reflection. Additionally, these workshops will help you learn how to reduce resistance to change by directing people in a gentle, non-confrontational way towards finding their own solutions.

Wednesday

We have a Young Person’s Recovery and Self-help Group every Wednesday from 6-8pm. The first hour covers a topic or activity,which may prove useful for recovery, and the rest of the time is for socialising or having a chat with staff or volunteers. We also run positive activities, which give you the chance to have some fun and learn new ways of coping with your eating disorder. Please see our calendar for future dates and topics.

We have a North Derbyshire Recovery and Self-help Group for all ages held in Chesterfield on a monthly basis from 7 – 9pm. The first hour covers a topic, which may prove to be useful for recovery, and the rest of the time is for socialising or having a chat with staff and volunteers. Families and friends are welcome to go along to get support from other people in the same situation and to learn about the illness from other sufferers at varying degrees of recovery. Please note this group is currently ON HOLD until further notice.

Thursday

We have the All Ages Recovery and Self Help Group which runs on a fortnightly basis, on Thursdays from 7-8.45pm. The first hour covers a topic, which may prove to be useful for recovery, and the rest of the time is for socialising or having a chat with staff and volunteers. Families and friends are welcome to go along to get support from other people in the same situation and to learn about the illness from other sufferers at varying degrees of recovery. Please see our calendar for future dates and topics.

Friday

On the last Friday of the month, we run a drop in from 10.30am-12pm. This is open to anyone and is a chance to come and socialise with like minded people and find out more about First Steps along with a cup of tea and a sit down!

 

First Steps also work in partnership with the NHS:

http://www.derbyshirehealthcareft.nhs.uk/services/mental-health/eating-disorders/

This intensive service can be accessed strictly by referral only from your therapist at NHS Eating Disorder Services, Belper, Derbyshire.

We understand that staying well in the community presents a unique set of fears and challenges. In response to this, a joint service has been created, whereby you will still receive therapy with your outpatient therapist at Belper NHS ED Services and other members of the NHS outpatient team, together with everyday support and help from a First Steps Support Worker.

First Steps workers can see you between 1 and 5 times per week, which may include Online Support. The workers will give you both practical and emotional support in carrying out goals or tasks identified by therapy.

First Steps workers can support you with:

  • Relaxation activities
  • Appropriate sport/exercise activities
  • Support in job applications
  • Support in accessing training courses and volunteering
  • Support in attendance to self-help groups
  • Clothes shopping
  • Support in accessing social activities
  • Phone/text support
  • Social eating
  • Increasing the range of food choices
  • Decreasing anxieties associated with certain foods
  • Food preparation and shopping