Ways we can help

Make a Referral

If you feel you would like to access our service you can complete our online referral form.

Eating Disorders in Student Services

Eating Disorders in Students Service (EDISS) offers various types of on-campus support to students and staff in a number of East Midlands schools, colleges and universities with or without an eating disorder diagnosis.

Counselling and Peer Support

At First Steps we employ experienced and qualified Counsellors each working against NHS and NICE standards alongside a cadre of trainee Counsellors on placements from our universities and colleges who work to offer individual sessions either as part of our core funded services or available for private paid support.


1.25 million people are estimated to have a diagnosed eating disorder in the UK, although the true scale of the issue is unknown. First Steps ED is here to help those suffering with eating disorders without the need for a diagnosis.


of all sufferers are male, however these are only estimates and the true figure is unknown

How you can help

Stumble, Support and Strength

A positive approach to recovery is key, and with a progressive attitude you can silence the nagging voice and take control; but don’t expect never to fall again. You are allowed to have a blip, to stumble, to take a step backwards and grapple for a helping hand to find your feet again.

Eating Disorders Multidisciplinary Team

First Steps has been working with Derbyshire Eating Disorders Services (CEDS) since 2011 through the NHS Care Coordinator to keep people at risk of hospitalisation focused on their recovery.

Why we need volunteers

First Steps was originally run by volunteers and so they have always played a very important role in keeping the charity open and able to support people struggling with eating difficulties and disorders.

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