SEED is a Voluntary Organisation. We formed in September 2000 in Hull, East Yorkshire, and were known as the Eating Disorder Support Group.

We became a Registered Charity in 2004 (Charity No 1108405). We became known as SEED Eating Disorder Support Services (Support and Empathy for people with Eating Disorders in January 2008).

We are made up of three co – founders, Trustees, Volunteers of SEED, Supporters of SEED and Gemma Oaten (former Emmerdale Actress) is the Manager and Patron of our Charity.

We are a group of ordinary people with firsthand experience of eating disorders, who make a difference to those people whose lives are blighted by this devastating illness.

Aims and Objectives

From humble beginnings we have progressed into a well structured and well respected organisation.

Our aims and objectives are:

  • We aim to support both sufferers and carers in the hope that they do not feel alone with their problems.
  • We aim to listen to others sympathetically and sensitively.
  • We aim to deal with problems in a professional manner exercising strict confidentiality.
  • We aim to empathise with both sufferers and carers in the hope that they are never alone with their problems.
  • We aim to hold regular monthly meetings in a relaxed and friendly environment.
  • We aim to invite guest speakers in the hope that they will deliver professional help and advice.
  • We aim to provide up to date information downloaded from the Internet and website addresses in the hope that members can then conduct their own searches.
  • We aim to provide up to date book lists and provide a ‘swap shop’ in the hopes members can shares books they have found helpful.
  • We aim to do our very best in helping others receive professional help in the hope that they go on to make a full recovery.


At SEED all our volunteers are valued, and each bring different skills and their own experience to the role. SEED is always pleased to hear from people wanting to join us.

If you would like to know more about volunteering with SEED please get in touch at volunteer@seed.charity



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A Trustee is a person who is responsible for the running of the Charity and is there to make major decisions in the best interest of the Charity and their members. Decisions are made jointly via the Trustees. Trustees are nominated and voted onto the Board at the Annual General Meeting.

Anyone who wishes to be involved in this way should send an expression of interest, which will be given careful consideration by the Trustees. Trustees could either have some background knowledge of an eating disorder, or be someone with other relevant experience, i.e. management or NHS.

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That’s what I love about SEED as well, the complete acceptance of everyone & knowing that people are welcome just as they are, irrespective of colour, religion, size, sexuality or anything else. Makes it such a safe place to be! C

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