Eating Disorder Charity, First Steps Derbyshire shortlisted for Health Service Journal Award

11th September 2017

First Steps Derbyshire, a charity supporting those affected by eating disorders across Derbyshire, Nottingham and the surrounding areas are proud to announce that it has been shortlisted for the 2017 Health Service Journal Award for self-care.

First Steps, which offers a unique and holistic approach to supporting the recovery of those who are affected by anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating and compulsive exercise, has been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service (2016) and the GSK Impact Award in 2017.

The charity’s approach includes prevention via delivering services within schools and training to mental health professionals. Additionally, the charity delivers counselling and help directly to service users, saving NHS England in the region of £500,000. As a service-led charity, First Steps understand that it is not possible for everybody affected with an eating disorder to get to the office for counselling, which is why it has delivered 2000 hours of online befrienders time in the last year.

As well as providing support from its base in Derby, First Steps also operate out of Student Services in the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, First Steps offers students the chance to access vital services that help them remain in education and complete their programme of studies.

Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Cleary, said: I am so proud that First Steps has been shortlisted for this award. Its a testament to the work that we continue to do, and it shows that our approach to aiding eating disorder recovery works: we estimated that we save NHS England over £500,000 per year as a result of our service user-led, holistic approach to recovery. Most of our staff, volunteers and trustees have had, or know someone who has had, an eating disorder, which means that we are able to empathize with their difficulties and provide them with hope that recovery is possible.

Its so important that anyone who is suffering gets help. Nobody should suffer in silence or in isolation, and that’s what we’re here to prevent. If you think that you or someone else might be suffering with an eating difficulty or disorder, please do get in touch with us, we are a welcoming and non-judgemental team who are here to help. You can find us on the web at or telephone our office on 01332 367571.

For further information, please contact Cathy Cleary on 01332 367571 or

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