When we met the lovely Marg, Dennis & Gemma Oaten we were inspired by the work they have tirelessly undertaken for the last 20 years. In the midst of supporting Gemma with her illness they started SEED and it is their passion and commitment that made us want to help.
SEED is a Voluntary Organisation.
They formed in September 2000 in Hull, East Yorkshire, and were known as the Eating Disorder Support Group.
They became a Registered Charity in 2004 (Charity No 1108405).
They became known as SEED Eating Disorder Support Services (Support and Empathy for people with Eating Disorders in January 2008).
They are made up of 3 co – founders, Trustees, Volunteers of SEED, Supporters of SEED, a Young Ambassador of SEED and Gemma Oaten (former Emmerdale Actress) is the Patron of their Charity.
They are a group of ordinary people with firsthand experience of eating disorders, who make a difference to those people whose lives are blighted by this devastating illness.
SEED is a small charity with national reach and impact.
Based in Kingston Upon Hull we are a preferred charity for Hull City Health Care Partnership.
Our work is recognised by CAMHS, The NHS, Care Quality Commission and Healthwatch.
Eating Disorders are a safeguarding issue yet many schools do not even have an Eating Disorder Policy in place.
SEED provides a template and, as a result of ever increasing demand for our services, we have designed a Toolkit which we would like to see used in every secondary school in the UK.
The Toolkit is designed to raise awareness of eating disorders, change the culture, address mental health issues, improve outlook and save lives.
Informative, interactive and adaptable the Toolkit, designed to be part of the PSHE curriculum, can be used with young people of all abilities.
It raises awareness of eating disorders, helping to develop confidence among carers and others to spot the danger signs early, potentially saving lives. Lessons cover medical risk, mental health and keeping safe.
The self-explanatory lessons are designed to be delivered without the need for additional input and extended learning opportunities are available. The Toolkit not only educates people about eating disorders but helps develop understanding and awareness of triggers - empowering individuals to take control in the fight against mental illness. Full information, handbook and lessons plans are available to view on request.
A video trailer about the Toolkit is found at
We have piloted the Toolkit and received excellent feedback from schools and the NHS.
This has resulted in coverage on regional TV news programmes but we need help to roll the Toolkit out, ensuring schools nationwide can benefit from it, that’s why we welcome the support of Osa Healthcare Recruitment. Our aim is that through information and education we will have a much better understanding of the complex relationship between mental health and eating disorders and, with the help of Osa’, be able to offer prompt help and support to those impacted.
‘I highly recommend this resource. I have used this for Years 9, 10 and 11. All pupils and myself found the package to be very educational. The pupils were very positive and it lead to lots of discussion. It depicted the subjects of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa in an informative and straightforward way that the pupils could understand….a powerful resource”. Newland School for Girls
Please ask us about how you can be involved in nominating a school to receive the Toolkit.
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