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Welcome to Sweda

Sweda South & West

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We provide information, guidance and support groups for family and friends.

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I am a healthcare professional

We provide expert led, pro-recovery training for healthcare workers and therapists

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I am seeking support

SWEDA offers hope and enables access to support services that empower recovery.

Our Services
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Schools and Colleges

We support students across the region with expert guidance about body image and eating disorders.

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Our Impact


individual clients received 1-2-1 support in the past year

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of enabling positive change for individuals and families affected by eating disorders


of our clients reported an improvement in their eating disorder behaviours (CORC survey 22/23)

Supporting people affected by eating disorders

SWEDA has been pro-recovery and supporting those affected by eating disorders since 1992. Discover how we can help you take control of your life.

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Join our mission to inspire hope and empower recovery in the South and West of England.

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    “I can’t emphasise enough what a massive part SWEDA have played in my journey to finding myself again. They are an incredible charity and are brilliant at their job. Over the past two years I have really started to understand myself and I have addressed issues that I had hid away in the past and with my counsellor’s amazing listening, non-judgmental and supportive skills I have been able to take back control of myself and rationally look at my emotions in day to day life."

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    “During the time I accessed the SWEDA Services I used both the Support Group and one to one counselling sessions. Both services used together offer the life raft that is so desperately needed to bring balance, stability and empowered choice."

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    “I saw a SWEDA support worker on campus at university. I had been struggling with binge eating disorder and compulsive exercise for about ten years. The SWEDA support worker was able to help me look at my relationship with food and my body in a different way. I have learned to be kinder to myself and they taught me techniques which helped me to slow down my thinking. Now I can go out and have fun without worrying all the time.”

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    “Whenever I have contacted SWEDA, I have always received a very quick response, and have felt completely safe to ask for help when I have needed it. There have been periods of time when I have not needed a lot of contact, and times when I have asked for frequent contact. Talking to the same person over a long period of time has meant I have had a consistent place to go for support, and this has been invaluable."

    Sasha, 23

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    “I had consistently been losing weight for more than 8 months and had become accustomed to eating very little. This triggered a return of my anorexia, after a 20-year period of recovery. SWEDA were able to offer me an appointment the very next day. When we met I was feeling very ill and frightened.I spoke to them about my fears, but then took the decision to go to my doctor on the way home. I was admitted to hospital within a few days.”

    Adam, 56

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    "I began working with my therapist very shortly after being referred and I really believe it's her support that kept me from ever reaching the point I was once aiming for. Right from the start, I felt comfortable to talk about my struggles, behaviours and anxieties, knowing I would always receive a non-judgemental and empathetic response."

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    "I can't thank you enough for how you have helped me through the worst time of my daughter's young adulthood. I know this is a long road ahead and I'm thankful for your support. And I know you're there if I need you."

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