Eating Matters has been providing an eating disorder support service in Norfolk for over 40 years. The charity provides early intervention counselling for people of all ages suffering with mild-to-moderate eating disorders, in the community. Their primary aim is to intervene early to avoid eating disorder behaviours becoming unmanageable and having a serious impact on a person’s physical and mental wellbeing. They deliver a range of services including counselling and support; community projects; psychoeducation (to include families and carers where appropriate) and group work.
Law firm and Norfolk ProHelp member Birketts has advised on a tenancy lease for the new headquarters of Eating Matters. Since the outbreak of Covid-19 the numbers of people referring to its services has increased significantly, monthly referrals doubled from July 2020 and had trebled by October (quadrupling for those under 18). In the year ending March 2021 they received 708 referrals, carrying out 5,187 one-to-one counselling sessions.
Thanks to pro-bono legal advice received from Andrea Bailiss and Kristian Nelson from Birketts’ Commercial Property Team, Eating Matters have moved to a new site, Chalk Hill Cottage, from which they will be able to continue to provide vital support to those who have seen their mental health impacted by the pandemic.