Two national eating disorder charities are to merge in July 2023, following talks with both charities’ Board of Trustees on strengthening resources and impact for anyone affected by an eating disorder.
Both charities are dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families impacted by eating difficulties and disorders. The merger will provide new opportunities for the services to develop existing programmes of support, fundraising and commissioned pathways across England and the UK.
Following the merger, the team will operate as one under First Steps ED where the Talk ED identity will be used to develop a new training and awareness package for schools, businesses, and professionals to access resources, and digitally enabled care supported by experts by experience.
Any associated contracts will be unaffected by the merger, with First Steps ED continuing to support individuals, families, and service partners in all commissioned and free-to-access services for children, young people and adults.
Kevin Parkinson, CEO of First Steps ED said:
“First Steps ED and Talk ED share the same objectives, to ensure people of all ages, genders and backgrounds regardless of where they live or where they are in their recovery journey can have access to person centred care and support for themselves and their carers.”
Daniel Magson, Chair of Talk ED said:
“Talk ED is delighted to join together with First Steps ED to form a strong national presence in the eating disorder community, and a wider portfolio of services for those affected by eating disorders at a time of rapidly growing need.”
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