Beat (formerly the Eating Disorders Association) is the UK’s largest eating disorders charity, helping those suffering from eating disorders.
Beat was founded in 1989 and aims to help sufferers of eating disorders understand their illness and supports their recovery. Beat helps family and friends of eating disorder sufferers, assisting them with advice and skills. The charity also campaigns to improve the knowledge and understanding of eating disorders amongst healthcare and other relevant professionals, and for better funding into treatment.
How You Can Help
There are a number of volunteering opportunities available with Beat. Help out with digital or phone helplines, or contribute to research, campaigning efforts and other behind-the-scenes support roles. Beat recruit volunteers at different times of the year as vacancies arise and as demand for services changes.
Please Note: Some volunteer positions require people with lived experience of an eating disorder (whether having been ill themselves or having cared for a loved one) but this is not necessary for all roles.
People with lived experience of eating disorders can provide feedback on Beat’s draft health and social care information, get involved in an ongoing research project, or become an Ambassador, helping to raise awareness of eating disorders in their local community. If you are, or have been, affected by an eating disorder – yours or that of someone you know – you can also submit a blog post about your experience which may be featured on the site.
Fundraise for Beat, either through your own campaign or by joining a run, trek or challenge listed on the Beat website, such as the Three Peaks Challenge.
Find out more: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/
(This information was updated 18/08/21 and will be checked regularly by the Do Something Directory team. If you notice any mistakes, please let us know.)