Bury Mayor launches support for eating disorders
The Mayor of Bury has launched a health service to support children and young people with eating disorders and their families.
Councillor Dorothy Gunter cut the ribbon at an event to officially open the Community Eating Disorders Service (CEDS), run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.
The event was held at the service’s North Hub, on Tenterden Street in Bury, to show the support that’s available for eight to 18 year olds who live in Bury, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, and Oldham.
Children, young people, their families as well as health and social care professionals attended the event to meet the team, see the hub and try some fun activities.
Cartwheel Arts Project and staff ran some art sessions, such as colouring wind chimes and sun catchers, along with leaving hand prints to create an inspiring mural wall for future visitors.
Sow the City hosted a session to create candles out of beeswax, and some people enjoyed taking part in some beauty therapy, in the form of nail painting, from Joules Hair Design in Prestwich.
Attendees also enjoyed writing secrets or messages of hope, which were attached to balloons and released as part of a ceremony.
Visitors also left some great feedback for the service to commend the work that they’re doing to support children and young people who have bulimia, anorexia and other eating disorders.
Councillor Dorothy Gunther, Mayor of Bury, said: “The guidance, support and advice that these young people and their families receive is vital and I was very impressed with the work that is being done which, at times, must be very difficult but also very rewarding.”
Vicky Brown, CEDS (North) Clinical Lead, said: “The event was a great success, with young people and parents coming to chat to us about the support available and hopefully ease any worries they might have.
“We were also able to meet with professionals from all backgrounds, from district nurses to family workers, to share guidance on everything from what to do if they’re concerned about a young person to making a referral into the service.
“If you would like to find out more about how we can help, please get in touch.”
For more information, contact Pennine.ED@nhs.net, call 0161 716 1560 or visit www.healthyyoungmindspennine.nhs.uk/eatingdisorders