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New partnership to maintain dedicated eating disorder support service in Wales
Beat and Welsh mental health and wellbeing charity Gofal are delighted to announce a strategic partnership that will enable Beat Cymru to continue to deliver support services for people with eating disorders and their families in Wales.
Set up in 2009 and currently funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Beat Cymru is the first dedicated service providing information, help and support to people living in Wales affected by eating disorders.
The project funding is due to finish in March this year and Beat Cymru have been faced with the challenge of seeking new funding or partners to maintain their services and support to people with eating disorders and their families across Wales.
As part of their strategic review in June 2013, Beat agreed an overarching strategic objective to seek to identify, build and establish partnerships and collaborative working with other organisations and entities. These would be developed in order to either maximize their reach and impact across the countries and regions of the UK, or to embed eating disorders dedicated expertise in generic mental health provision and support.
As a result of the challenging funding situation in Wales and the decision to identify new partnerships, Beat approached Gofal about how the two organisations could work together to support the provision of eating disorder support services in Wales.
Following these discussions, we are delighted to confirm that Beat and Gofal will be working in partnership to maintain some of the vital services that Beat Cymru currently deliver in Wales. We will also be exploring opportunities for future collaborations which will strengthen and enhance these services. This work will be led by a jointly funded Wales Project Development Coordinator, for an initial period of twelve months.
Although some of the details are yet to be finalised, we hope that this brings some reassurance to people with eating disorders and their families who have accessed Beat Cymru’s services over the past five years.
Beat Chief Executive Susan Ringwood said:“We are confident that this partnership with Gofal will give Beat Cymru the local support and strong leadership needed to carry on its work across Wales.”
Gofal Executive Director Ewan Hilton said:“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Beat to ensure the continued provision of their eating disorder support services in Wales. “We know that Beat Cymru has made a real difference to many people’s lives and hope that we can support the charity to maintain and develop well into the future.”
Bethan Jenkins AM, chair of the Cross-Party Group on Eating Disorders, said:
"Given the fantastic work that Beat Cymru has done, I was very disappointed that the funding came to an end, even though we knew it was coming. “However, it is very pleasing to hear that Gofal has stepped in and has agreed to support the work for the time being. “It was very useful that Ewan Hilton attended our most recent group meeting and outlined how Gofal might help in the future. “It is important for Beat to continue to work in Wales because eating disorders should remain a top political priority, as there is still much work to do."