Personalised Eating Disorder Support (formerly under CARALINE), was set up in Peterborough in April 2013.
We became our own registered charity in April 2014, seeing service users of all ages who have a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder.
Our charity is run by two volunteer nurses who between us have over 18 years experience working in the field of eating disorders. This includes working on a paediatric ward, CAMHS case management, Adult eating disorders and working within a specialist eating disorder in-patient unit.
We are based in the centre of Peterborough within the premises of Peterborough Council Voluntary Services (of whom we are very grateful to for their ongoing support in enabling us to use their facilities) where we offer assessments. We also have a telephone support line during the week and respond to emails (this is a free service) as well as offering outreach and individual / family sessions (this is chargeable) to people in their homes. Training can be provided to schools, GPs and clubs / other voluntary sector organisations at a small fee.
Throughout our work in eating disorders, it became apparent that there is little support available before and after hospital and if caught early enough, an admission may not be needed. Our joint experience as mental health and paediatric nurses helps us to reach out to all members of the community with our main focus being to help a person and their family gain an understanding of their illness and develop coping skills to manage their symptoms.
Whilst we acknowledge it can seem a long road to recovery, the purpose of our charity is to ensure you are not alone on your journey and have support.