Beat campaigns to make sure your voice is heard. Whether you’re affected by an eating disorder yourself or know someone with an eating disorder, we want to make sure that our campaigning helps to improve the quality and timeliness of treatment and services for all.
You can help us reach key decision makers, influential bodies and policy and government representatives.
Our 25th anniversary manifesto says ‘no more preventable deaths from eating disorders’ -together we can make this happen.
You can get involved and help us influence change and raise awareness. Together we can make a real difference to the lives of people affected by eating disorders.
What you can do
- Sign up for our e-newsletter - every month we send an e-newsletter to supporters where you can find out about our latest campaigns and get involved.
- Contact your MP - write, email, tweet or meet your local MP. Your MP represents you in the Houses of Parliament and it is your right to tell them what matters to you so they can speak on your behalf. Tell them about your experience of waiting for treatment, highlight Beat’s campaign and ask them to make a difference in parliament. Find your MP.
- Get your voice heard locally - contact your local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) patient engagement group or patient engagement officer. Clinical Commissioning Groups are groups of GPs that are responsible for planning and designing local health services in England. CCGs were a core part of the government's reforms to the health and social care system and in April 2013, they replaced primary care trusts as the commissioners of most services funded by the NHS in England. They now control around two-thirds of the NHS budget and have a legal duty to support quality improvement in general practice. CCGs need to listen to local people and meet their needs. Almost all GP practices have patient engagement/involvement groups too so contact your surgery and make your voice heard. Find your local CCG and get in touch.
- Contact Healthwatch – Healthwatch is a national body with local groups, enabling patients to have their say about the NHS. Healthwatch England is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in England. Working with a network of 152 local Healthwatch, they ensure that the voices of consumers and those who use services reach the ears of the decision makers. By law the organisations who plan, run and regulate health and social care services have to listen to what Healthwatch have to say. Find your local Healthwatch.
- Spread the word - raise awareness anywhere you can. Talk to friends, family, healthcare professionals, your school, universities or workplace
- Contact your local media – sharing your story is an extremely powerful and inspirational thing to do. Contact your local newspaper, radio station or TV news and tell them about eating disorders and your own experience. This raises awareness and increases understanding for the conditions. We have daily media requests to provide case studies to make interesting stories that people can relate to.
- Follow us online on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – we all know the power of social media and the difference and awareness it can make. Retweet our messages, @mention key people, like, comment and share and make sure as many people as possible know about eating disorders.
To get in touch with us about campaigning, email the communications team firstname.lastname@example.org.