07 March 2017
STEPS socked it to eating disorders
Activities in Bristol involving silly socks
and a doctors' leg wax helped promote Eating Disorders Awareness
Week 2017 and supported the Sock It to Eating Disorders Campaign
organised by Beat.
Service users and staff from STEPS Eating Disorder Service
pulled on their silly socks and organised an information stall in
Southmead Hospital where they handed out resources to raise
professional and public awareness of the different types of eating
The Service User Panel (SUP) also ran a fundraising event,
inviting Hugh Herzig, Consultant Psychiatrist at STEPS to have a
public leg waxing to raise money for eating disorders resources. To
SUP's surprise he agreed as the photo testifies.
Created in August 2016, the SUP helps the STEPS service to
improve by sitting on interview panels, co-delivering training, and
providing feedback on the service.
STEPS service user and Chairman of the SUP, Katie Legge said:
"Helping with fund raising initiatives and being involved with
raising the profile of the STEPS service makes me feel valued and
that I am doing something worthwhile. It also feels good to use
many of my work skills.
"These activities also help build relationships between service
users and service users and staff."
Katie went on to say: "AWP has fantastic service user
involvement and I am sure that other Trusts could learn from
The group hope to do more of these types of events in the