Welcome to NIWE

NIWE aims to provide support or signposting to people in the North East* whose lives are affected by eating distress, or eating disorders. We do this by providing a range of services including a telephone help line, group support, introductory meetings, information and training. We also work to increase knowledge and awareness of eating distress and its effects.

NIWE Philosophy

NIWE believes that eating distress is a way of saying that something is wrong. Therefore we do not just respond to the symptoms of eating distress but look at underlying causes. We develop services that enable people to increase their understanding of their emotional use of food. We encourage people to explore opportunities for change and to find their own path to recovery rather than imposing a solution.

Our practice is person centred and also recovery orientated. Our services are provided in a safe and non-judgemental environment.

Eating Distress versus Eating Disorder

NIWE employs the term eating distress rather than eating disorder because we want to support all those who experience extreme anxiety around food and eating. We are aware from the feedback we have received from people we have worked with that, whilst many have a diagnosed eating disorder, some of those who need our support and understanding do not feel they ‘fit’ an eating disorder category.

NIWE runs a group for people living with and managing eating distress/disorders. If you are interested in joining the ‘Hope’ group, please contact Maria Lavelle or see our News page. (Please note that this is not a therapeutic group.)

We commissioned some research into NIWE’s services, funded by a grant from the Northern Rock Foundation’s Learning and Support programme. Neil Shashoua of Trapeze Consulting was engaged to lead this work. The project report, called ‘NIWE: Evidence of Effectiveness, Quality, Impact and Value’  can be downloaded here (PDF format).

Download NIWE’s Annual Report for 2014-15.

* Our services are currently available to people in Tyneside, Wearside, County Durham and Northumberland.