An eating disorder charity set up by Hull TV star Gemma Oaten’s mother has been given a lifeline.
Marg Oaten founded Support and Empathy for People with Eating Disorders (SEED) with her husband Dennis, following Gemma’s highly publicized battle with anorexia several years ago. Gemma was just 10 years old when she developed a crippling eating disorder.
SEED provides advice and support to people with an eating disorder in the Hull area. But in February Gemma revealed a £25,000 contract with the City Health Care Partnership (CHCP), commissioned through the NHS, was due to end in March. The sudden decision left the charity without a working base and it also lost £25,000 in funding.
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But now Ellesmere Counseling and Psychotherapy Training (ECPT) has made space available at its specialist therapy resource center in Beverley Road, Hull. SEED’s new resource room is complemented by access to specialist therapy facilities, including one-on-one therapy rooms and group rooms. This will allow SEED to launch its new face-to-face counseling service, in partnership with ECPT psychotherapy and counseling students.
Gemma, who was recently discharged from hospital after being diagnosed with a rare condition that can cause kidney damage, said: ‘We are relieved to have found a place to call home so we can continue to provide a support to those in need and we would like to say a huge thank you to those who donated to our fundraising in progress who has provided valuable funds for our work and will go towards securing our new resource room.”
Gemma added: “What we do is hard work and we pride ourselves on our professional team so we need to keep them in place for as long as possible. Our plans for the future include The Recovery After The Recovery program with a pilot project starting in April 2022, as well as our continued work in schools with our Eating Disorders Education Toolkit.
“In addition, there is the essential daily support for people affected by eating disorders. Early intervention is key and at SEED we are passionate about treating the person, not the eating disorder. The resource room is an essential hub to facilitate our rescue work. »
Created more than 15 years ago, ECPT specializes in the training and support of counselors and psychotherapists and offers support structures for liberal therapists as well as services such as the partner company Space2BHeard CIC.
Kathie Hostick, Director of ECPT, said, “We are delighted to have been able to help SEED continue their valuable work by hosting them at one of our centers. We hope to see them continue to grow and provide support for people with eating disorders across the region and in the UK.
“We look forward to working with them on the development of their talk therapy service, which in turn provides valuable frontline clinical experience for our counseling and psychotherapy students.” It’s an exciting time for us.
SEED will officially operate from the new base this month and looks forward to welcoming people with eating disorders to access support at the center or remotely, and working with ECPT students to develop their new talk therapy service.