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Men Get Eating Disorders Too awarded second grant by the National Lottery and Co-operative for FREE awareness workshops

Men Get Eating Disorders Too – a national charity dedicated to raising awareness and supporting the needs of men affected by eating disorders – is to offer FREE training following continual funding from the National Lottery’s Awards for All programme and the Co-operative’s Community Membership Fund.

The charity has been granted £3,950 to deliver a further five half-day workshops in various locations across the country and the Co-operative Fund awarded £500 for two workshops to be delivered in Brighton.

The workshops aim to give participants a better understanding of eating disorders in men so they can become more responsive to men’s needs and recognise the barriers sufferers feel they face when approaching treatment and recovery.

The workshops will:

• Explore some of the myths & misconceptions often associated with male eating disorders.

• Look at

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eating disorders, definitions, contributing factors and other associated conditions.

• Provide an insight into the issues men face when getting help and looking at real experiences from men who have suffered themselves.

•Examine the barriers men face in accessing services and looking at ways professionals and services can overcome these barriers to provide gender inclusive service provision.

Professionals from across all sectors are invited to attend the workshops including education, health and social care, mental health and counselling.

The cost of the workshop is covered by a grant so those normally unable to pay for the training are able to attend, including students volunteers and carers.

Dates, times and venues for the upcoming workshops are as follows:

  • Brighton – Friday 7th June, 1-4pm, at The Space for Change
  • Manchester – Thursday 20th June, 1-4pm, at the Lesbian and Gay Foundation
  • Birmingham – Friday 5th July, 1-4pm, at the Centre for Voluntary Action
  • Bristol – Friday 19th July, 1-4pm, at the Create Centre
  • Newcastle – Tuesday 3rd September, 1-4pm, at Castle Gate Centre
  • Hull – Thursday 5th September, 1-4pm, at Hull CVS
  • Brighton – Thursday 19th September, 1-4pm, at The Space for Change

Sam Thomas, Founder and Director, said: “Following from last year’s feedback from the workshops, we know there is a need for the training we provide. Participants from the training highlighted the need for specific workshops that explores the needs of males with eating disorders.

“The upcoming workshops enables us to further make an impact on service provision so that male sufferers seek the help and support they need.

Neil Holmes, Chair of Trustees, added: “We are delighted to deliver this programme with support from our partnership with the National Lottery for a second time. It is vitally important that our awareness raising and training activities continue to grow, and help inform professionals understanding.”

In the Autumn/Winter of 2012, MGEDT delivered five workshops across England. The workshops received excellent feedback from participants who attended.

Shelley Perry Director and CEO of SEED/Breathe in Preston, commented: “Sam delivers intelligent, thought provoking interactive workshops where you will informed and inspired. Expect to have your perception of eating disorders changed!’.”

Duncan Craig, Service Director of Survivors Manchester, commented: “I attended the course to give me a greater understanding of eating disorders and the impact they have on boys and men. I found the content of the workshop easy to understand and the delivery engaging. I learned a lot from the workshops which has enabled me to better identify issues around eating disorders and feel more comfortable talking about eating disorders.”

For more information and to download booking form please click here or email sam@mengetedstoo.co.uk

'Men Get Eating Disorders Too' is a registered charity in England and Wales no. 1139351.

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