Echo Peer Coaching is a free telephone support service that matches volunteers who have cared for someone with an eating disorder with other parent carers who are currently supporting someone through recovery.
Not having someone to talk to regularly about the challenges and frustrations of supporting someone with an eating disorder can be lonely and isolating, particularly if you're not able to discuss and share your feelings with family and friends. A friendly 30-minute chat on the phone once a week can make all the difference.
The Echo service will equip carers with the skills and knowledge needed to support those suffering from an eating disorder, helping them to break free from the traps that prevent recovery.
Peer coaching is a system of giving support founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful. Rather than giving advice or providing solutions, a peer coach’s role is to actively listen, provide a sounding board, and most importantly, help the other person find insight and solutions for themselves.
Peer coaching is not based on psychiatric models and diagnostic criteria. It is about understanding another’s situation empathetically through shared experience.
Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. We are a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected by eating disorders, giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered. Today we are not only helping people with eating disorders but also providing support for those with emotional overeating and difficulties with food, weight and shape. What remains at our heart – as true today as it was when we were founded – is the need to give help and hope to anyone affected by an eating disorder. The need to reach out and help is vital and our essential support services do that each and every day with our helplines, website, self help and support groups and online support. No one should have to face an eating disorder alone.
Volunteers must have personal experience of caring for someone with an eating disorder, who is now in recovery.
Experience required: A personal experience caring for someone with an eating disorder; A passion to help others, prepared to share experience to help with this; the person who you have cared for needs to be in a sustained recovery. Beat suggests this means that person has been outside of all treatment for at least two years, and living a confident life in recovery.
Travel details: Home-based
Training details: Training will be delivered online via our video conferencing software. This will be group training, consisting of six 60-90 minute sessions and will give you all the skills to become a peer coach including: how you make your first call, key listening and coaching skills, alongside setting boundaries and staying safe. The training will also cover Janet Treasure’s Collaborative Care Skills; an evidence based method for supporting someone with an eating disorder.
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