About Beat Cymru
Beat Cymru is the first dedicated service providing information, help and support to people living in Wales affected by eating disorders.
Set up in 2009 and funded by the Big Lottery Fund, the project aimed to establish Beat’s presence on the ground in Wales. Beat recognised the lack of specialist care and training in the country due to the high number of sufferers with a chronic and enduring eating disorder. We received more contact from sufferers and families in Wales than any other region except London before Beat Cymru was founded.
The Beat Cymru team includes a project manager as well as three project officers who are based across the country and cover the geographical regions of North, Mid and South Wales.
The aims of the project are to:
- Provide local, volunteer led services to ensure people can access the health and support they need to beat their eating disorder
- Work alongside the Welsh Assembly Government and statutory healthcare providers to ensure that people affected by eating disorders can access the treatment and support they need when they need it
- Campaign to challenge the stigma and misconceptions that can prevent people affected by eating disorders accessing treatment and support.
The Beat Cymru team support a network of volunteers across Wales delivering self help and support groups for both sufferers and carers.
The team also raises awareness through a range of events, talks, presentations and information stands aimed at reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and eating disorders. They work to ensure professionals understand the complexity of eating disorders and the services available as well as signposting individuals to support services and information. This includes carers who often feel uninformed and out of the loop with an individual’s treatment.
The team has developed good working relationships with public sector bodies, third sector organisations, GPs, schools and universities. Providing talks to schools offers early intervention to pupils and gives them information about eating disorders. They also help students understand the possible causes and physical effects of eating disorders whilst increasing awareness of the support available to them and their friends.