Seed | Eating Disorder Support Service

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helping people not the eating disorder

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about us

That's what I love about SEED as well, the complete acceptance of everyone & knowing that people are welcome just as they are, irrespective of colour, religion, size, sexuality or anything else. Makes it such a safe place to be! —C

Team

Marg Oaten

Marg Oaten MBE

Is an ordinary Mum first and foremost, who is a co-founder and secretary of SEED and been recognised for Services to Eating Disorders in the New Years Honours List 2009. I am married to my wonderful husband Dennis who is my rock and supports me in everything I do. Without his support there would not be a SEED. We have 4 children and 7 grandchildren will never be rich but rich in many other things.

Dennis Oaten

Dennis Oaten

Co-founder, Trustee and Treasurer of SEED. Keeps the money in order and the bills paid. A wonderful father and grandfather to his 7 grandchildren. His family are his world. He is kept busy supporting Marg putting others before himself always. Having been married to Marg for 30 years he is sure he has shrunk a good 2” since first meeting as he continues to continue running around after everyone.

Gill Poole

Gill Poole
RN, RHV, MA (Leeds)

Gill is the Chair of SEED. Her background is nursing, health visiting, child and adolescent mental health services, safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. Gill is wholly committed to supporting the development of eating disorder services across Hull and the East Riding. Gill brings knowledge and experience to SEED and has been instrumental in taking SEED forward.

Gill is kind and caring and will put other before herself she is such a wonderful person and we are so lucky to have her commitment to our cause!

Val Hunter

Val Hunter

Val is a co-founder and SEED and looking back it was Val who instigated the coming together to interested parties as a result of a campaign by the then Eating Disorder Association who advertised for the development of a self help group in the Hull and East Riding area. Val is a much valued member of SEED and has continued to support SEED in whatever role has been asked of her and we know that she is a committed volunteer who is eager to see the development of specialist services locally and for SEED to be an integrated part of that.

Val Hunter

Marie Reid

Professor Marie Reid’s primary academic and clinical specialism is in the treatment of eating disorders and other feeding problems, and she has practiced in this field since 1996.

She uses cognitive behavioural therapy and elements of other appropriate therapies for eating disorders.

Marie is warm and approachable and is getting really good results from the people with whom she is working. Marie provides 80 sessions of Therapy per annum for clients registered with SEED.

Roni Darcy Beadle

Leighah
Darcy-Beadle
MA Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies, Dip CPC, Dip Dance Therapy, BA (hons), NCS (accred), MBACP, PG Dip, PHCP

Leighah is a counsellor and psychotherapist. She has been working with Seed since 2010, initially as a volunteer but then becoming employed as a therapist and consultant. She facilitates the self help groups and the closed therapy groups "The Road Travelled". Leighah is endearing and has an individuality that allows her personality to shine through. She is warm, caring and friendly and always supportive clients of SEED and is actively involved in training and recruitment of volunteers.

Maria

Maria

Maria has 2 children and has recently joined our team and is proofing to be a very competent in all areas of admin. More importantly she is caring and kind and always has a smile for everyone and is eager to learn as much as possible in order to support others in her role as Administrator within the Resouce Room.

Becky Shepard

Becky Shepard

Becky is a Young Ambassador for SEED and in doing so will become the voice of the younger people– signposting to appropriate resources. This is a very new post for Becky and for SEED and we are working together to see how we can go forward and support the young people in the community struggling to cope with this devastating illness.

Gemma Oaten

Gemma Oaten

Born and bred in Hull, she grew up with her wonderful parents, 2 sisters a brother and 2 dogs. Having attended Malet Lambert High School, and working in various jobs growing up, from cleaning to retail, she always dreamed of becoming an actress. The road to success wasn't an easy one, having been blighted with an Eating Disorder for 13 years. But, thanks to her supportive and loving family she overcame the odds and at 24 years old auditioned for Drama school in London and was thrilled to be accepted. Now living in London, she is pursuing and filming future roles and is delighted to be patron of SEED, where she contributes blogs in support and encouragement of others. SEED was inspired by her own struggles and triumph, down, she says, to her inspiring parents Marg & Dennis Oaten.

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