First Steps ED 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.
We believe that the opportunity to become a volunteer once a service user has recovered is very motivating and can help them keep on track within their own recovery journey.
First Steps ED would not be as successful as it is without your help.
We benefit from the support of current and past service users, our volunteers support First Steps across a range of roles and disciplines and as the demand for eating disorders support is always there, we are always happy to hear from people in our communities who are looking to make a positive contribution.
Volunteers do not necessarily need to have a lived experience (although this is helpful) as being part of the First Steps family all of our supporters will gain a rewarding volunteering opportunity.
We need people to help us in the following areas:
- Awareness raising though online and offline channels
- Bloggers, Vloggers, and Podcast contributors
- Body Image Workshop support
- Coffee Mornings/ Drop ins
- Fundraising activities & events
- Online befriending
- Recovery and Self-Help Groups
- Training to Professionals Support
“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 GPs though. Another fantastic afternoon with First Steps! Truly incredible charity.”
-Becca Kirkland -First Steps Volunteer
“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.”
-Karen- First Steps Volunteer