At S.E.E.D, we have lots of volunteers and facilitators that help us run our Support Groups, Carer's Clinic and Drop In sessions, as well as marketing volunteers that work alongside our team writing blog posts and creating social media content. As a charity, we value their time and work very highly, as their contribution enables us to fulfil our mission of providing a network of support for sufferers of eating, food and weight related issues. We are proud of our volunteers and facilitators, so want to introduce them here to help you put a face to a name when accessing our services.
Zahra joined SEED as a Facilitator 4 years ago. She explains "I love being able to help people find the tools they need to map out their recovery journey. I’ve facilitated our Drop-In service, Carer's Clinic and currently still facilitate our Support Group service."
Zahra's role as Team Leader is to look after all of SEED’s support services as a whole, and the team of facilitators that run our groups. She also provides the Eating Disorder training workshops to all the new facilitators and clinicians here at SEED and Breathe, helping our team to understand the field and how their skills fit when providing treatment or support.
Outside of her voluntary work with SEED, Zahra works full-time as an Assistant Psychologist in a specialist Adult Forensic Learning Disabilities and Autism service.
She is very passionate about working in the mental healthcare sector; "I have previously worked in the community and on in-patient mental health units across Lancashire. Recently, I worked on a Women’s Enhanced Medium Secure Service as an Assistant Psychologist."
Zahra has completed her BSc (Hons) Psychology degree a few years ago, and is now a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). "I have also recently completed the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED) Master Practitioner programme, to further improve my knowledge and use evidence-based practice to effectively provide help and support to people that are struggling with the challenges that an eating disorder brings."
Aside from being passionate about mental health and wellbeing, Zahra loves poetry and make-up! "I am always happy to chat; I haven’t yet found a better way to make myself or others feel better than by talking!"
Maisy is a new member of the S.E.E.D team who is working to produce blogs and other eating disorder recovery based social media content. She is 20 years old from Greater Manchester and, following her own recovery from anorexia, is sharing what she learnt with those accessing our services. She has worked for other Lancashire based community and wellbeing organisations in addition to running her own blog - https://www.therecoverybean.com/ . Here she speaks to other eating disorder sufferers on topics such as extreme hunger, letting go of disordered identities, committing to healing your relationship with food, and managing the anxieties associated with this. She is excited to work with S.E.E.D to support us in our mission of providing a safe environment and guidance for individuals struggling with eating, food or weight related issues.
Jenny is a part of the fundraising and marketing team at S.E.E.D. "I just recently graduated university with a first class degree in Marketing and PR. I was actually going to study Musical Theatre at University but then changed my degree last minute – which is how I usually operate!"
Jenny actually get excited about change. She also enjoys spending time in nature and being outside, even if it’s pouring with rain – "I think that anything can turn into an adventure".
Jenny explains she likes being on the team at S.E.E.D Lancashire, as she knows she is making a positive impact.
Jenny also works for Breathe Therapies, our treatment arm.