Content Warning: This article mentions eating disorders
We are looking for 20 young people living in Scotland who have experience of any eating disorder (personally, or through supporting someone) and who would like a chance to make a positive change by joining Beat’s Scottish Lived Experience Panel. To become a panel member, we ask that you are now at least 12 months into stable recovery and are no longer seeking professional support. We are also keen to hear from young people who’ve supported someone with experience of an eating disorder.
🎂 16 to 17-years-old
📅 This project will run online via Zoom between September 2023 – November 2023
🗺️ We are looking for volunteers from all over Scotland
About the Project
The initial dates for the panel are:
- Recruitment selection session – Thursday 26th October 23
- Induction session – Thursday 2nd November 23
- Session 1 – Tuesday 14 November 2023
- Session 2 – Wednesday 29 November 2023
The panel will work together to discuss their lived experiences of eating disorders (personal experiences or from supporting others) and ideas for how things could be better. The panel will decide as a group what topics are most important to them. Young Scot and Beat staff members will support young people to decide what they want to talk about as a group. Ideas for what the panel may decide to discuss are:
- Support for young people with lived experience of eating disorders in rural and remote areas
- Support at school when you or a friend or family member is experiencing an eating disorder
- How to help health care workers understand eating disorders better.
What you’ll do as part of the Beat Scottish Lived Experience panel
Dedicated staff members from Young Scot and Beat will support you throughout your volunteering experience. There will also be specialist support around eating disorders and response care for all participants provided by Beat staff.
You don’t need any special knowledge or skills to take part, just be enthusiastic to make positive change! We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable all young people to take part, and there will be an opportunity when you apply to tell us about any support or adjustments you need to take part fully.