Mon, 28th September, 2020

What can be achieved with an AJC/Lottery grant

What can be achieved with an AJC/Lottery grant

A great example of the range of things that can be done with an AJC/Lottery grant. Another good reason why people should support our ‘Charity Booster Appeal’ in order for us to help more charities. You can donate here: https://bit.ly/AJCboosterappeal

Jersey Eating Disorders Support is very grateful for a grant that we received from the Association of Jersey Charities. It enabled us to invite Dr Pooky Knightsmith, a mental health professional, who also has personal experience of having an eating disorder and other mental health difficulties, to hold a conference online by Zoom in June 2020 when the island was on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. There were 114 local people who registered to be a part of the conference, including those living with an eating disorder, those caring for someone with one and the professionals who look after those with eating disorders.  Doctors and other mental health professionals from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Adult Mental Health Services attended. The feedback from this event proved what a helpful conference it was. 

Prior to receiving the grant, we were holding a meeting once a month for those living with an eating disorder and those supporting someone with one. We were asked if we could provide separate meetings so from Monday 5th October, we will be holding a meeting in a private room upstairs at the Jersey Library on the first and third Monday of every month. The one for those supporting someone, will be from 6-7pm and the one for those living with an eating disorder will be from 7.30 - 8.30pm. 

The grant has enabled us to employ a Level 4 qualified counsellor who, in addition to facilitating the support meetings is offering one-to-one counselling on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. A part-time peer support worker has also been employed offering one-to-one peer support in addition to facilitating the group sessions. A training grant awarded is enabling the counsellor to attend a Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling course in order to increase the type of counselling offered. None of this could have been achieved without the support from the Association of Jersey Charities so we are very grateful for the opportunity to be able to educate those working with people with eating disorders in addition to supporting those affected by an eating disorder in Jersey.

The first lady that we helped with our grant has provided us with the following feedback, "Amy has been incredible in helping me on my journey. She has given me emotional support in addition to practical advice. She is incredible in what she does and I am so grateful to all the time and support she has dedicated. I would not be where I am without her and she is an asset to JEDS."