The Linda Tremble Foundation, which has recently rebranded as Supported, aims to provide access to community based group support for people with an eating disorder and their families. It works across different areas of Scotland through running support groups, and is based near the town of Cupar in Fife. Supported also provides carers with training based on the New Maudsley Approach – designed to equip carers with a similar skill set to that used in a specialist inpatient setting, in order to provide in-home support to family members/friends with an eating disorder. It also offers information, one-to-one befriending, phone and videoconference support. Prior to the pandemic, support groups were established in Fife, Forth Valley, Glasgow and Perth and help people feel less isolated, and build their self-confidence and resilience to develop strategies that will aid their recovery. The Foundation is currently providing access to support for over 50 people with eating disorders and 25 families.
In October 2020, a grant of £7,718 has been agreed towards Supported. This will cover costs of recruiting, training and supporting an additional 20 volunteers over the coming year, and four training sessions. Trained volunteers will deliver support by facilitating new groups, supporting existing ones, and providing one-to-one support to individuals through our Befriending Service. Overall these volunteer led services will help to reduce isolation, improve support mechanisms for individuals with an eating disorder, and raise awareness.