Who We Are
Beat is the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight and shape.
Beat’s vision is that eating disorders will be beaten.
Beat’s aims are:
- To change the way everyone thinks and talks about eating disorders
- To improve the way services and treatment are provided
- And to help anyone believe that their eating disorder can be beaten
We do this by:
- Challenging the stereotypes and stigma that people with eating disorders face
- Campaigning for better services and treatment
- Providing information, support and encouragement to seek treatment and recovery
We provide information and support through Helplines which people can call, text or email; a UK wide network of self help and support groups; online support including information, message boards and online support groups and Helpfinder, an online directory of support services.
We also run specific projects such as our Transitions project supporting young people in London at times of change in their life, and our Emotional Overeating project setting up self help and support groups for people who binge eat, compulsively overeat, feel they have emotional eating issues and are overweight or obese or struggling with their weight.
We provide expert Training and conferences, resources and consultancy to health and social care professionals and schools. Our work in schools includes partnering with the Dove Self Esteem Project to provide free self esteem workshops to students aged 11-14.
We support and encourage research into eating disorders and challenge stereotypes and stigma, increase understanding and campaign for better services and access to treatment.
Helping us to raise awareness are Young Ambassadors, young people aged 14-25 with personal experience of an eating disorder. Fully trained and supported by Beat they inspire others with the message that recovery is possible.
Beat is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. Since 1989 we have been committed to supporting those affected by eating disorders and working towards our vision: eating disorders will be beaten.
Beat is a charity registered in England and Wales (801343) and Scotland (SC039309). Beat is the identity of the Eating Disorders Association, and became our working name in February 2007. Eating Disorders Association remains our legally registered charity name. Eating Disorders Association is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under number 2368495, with registered offices at Wensum House, Norwich NR1 1DW. VAT Number: 700 285963
Beat's Chief Executive is Susan Ringwood and the executive team includes: Lorna Garner, Chief Operating Officer; Amy Franklin, Commercial Director; Cheryl Armitage, Director of Fundraising and Communications; Sue Harvey, Director of Finance; and Nina DuFeu, Director of Services.
Become a voting member
Become a voting member and take an active role in Beat's governance. You would be able to vote on company business, have the right to attend formal meetings, help elect trustees and be consulted on major issues affecting our role and work. Joining is free and easy, just download the form below and send to us. Voting members must be over 18.
Download our recent annual reviews and find out more about the work we've been doing, our achievements and our finances.