023 8063 0219 support@optionswellbeing.co.uk Office Opening Hours 9.00am - 5.00pm - Appointment hours flexible to suit your needs, including evenings until 8PM.

Peer Support Networks

“Peer support happens when people who have similar experiences of something difficult come together to support each other.” 

Side by Side Research Consortium (2017) Developing peer support in the community: a toolkit. London: Mind

Eating Difficulties Peer Support Network - Southampton Area

A free support network and community for people aged 18+ with Eating Difficulties, and their carers/supporters, who live in the Southampton area.

How we can support you

Groups

Online

One-to-one buddying

 in the community

Here are some frequently asked questions:

What is a Peer Support Network (PSN)?

A Peer Support Network (PSN) is run by a person with lived experience for a group of people with similar lived experience, who come together to support each other.

How can it help me?

It can help by offering practical support in groups, online or 1-2-1 buddying in the community. Peer Supporters share top tips on how to cope, as well as provide tools, resources, information and signposting to professional support.

 

Most importantly, connect with others who understand and have similar lived experience.

 

Get in touch today and join the Southampton network.

Who can it help?

Our Peer Support Network can help people aged 18+ with Eating Difficulties, such as diagnosed or undiagnosed Eating Disorders or Disordered Eating.

 

We're here for anyone who thinks they may have an Eating Difficulty, as well as their friends, family and carers.

Where is it based?

Our groups are based in Southampton, however we hope to extend our support soon!

What type of support do you offer?

We can support people in groups, a one-to-one buddying service, or online to suit your needs.  

 

We always aim to provide a safe, welcoming environment where people can feel able to open up and discuss things freely, if they would like to.

What are Eating Difficulties?

Eating Difficulties cover a range of issues that people may have around food.

 

This may include people who struggle with their relationship with food, which can create stress, anxiety and unwanted coping behaviours.

 

It also includes diagnosed or undiagnosed Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders, such as Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. 

How do I join the Peer Support Network?

If you're interested in learning more or would like to join our network, contact our friendly team on edpsn@optionswellbeing.co.uk or call 023 8063 0219.

Can I help by becoming a Volunteer Peer Supporter?

Yes, absolutely! We're currently looking for people with lived experience of eating difficulties or their carers to join us as Volunteer Peer Supporters.

 

Find out more about what a Volunteer Peer Support is and how to join us here.

How much does it cost?

Nothing, it's FREE! There is no financial barrier to joining our Peer Support Network.

We are always grateful for any donations towards supporting people in the community. You can find out more here.

How is this funded?

We are very grateful to have received 50% of the project funding from No Wrong Door and the remainder matched from Social Care in Action’s (SCiA) community Action Fund.

SCIA Group Logo

Who runs the Peer Support Network?

The Peer Support Network is run by Options Wellbeing with support from tastelife UK, a charity that believes in breaking free from eating disorders and rediscovering life in all its fullness.

I am a health professional, can I refer someone to you?

Yes, health professionals can contact us directly or signpost to us.

Members login area

Refer to our Peer Support Network

Are you a health professional, a family member, or a friend of someone who has an Eating Difficulty and want to make a referral?