THOSE with an eating disorder in Southampton are being offered places on a free charity run course.

Options Wellbeing Trust, which offers a range of professional wellbeing support, is inviting sufferers of all types of eating disorder, and those who care for them, to sign up for the eight session course.

Taking place on November 16, the events will take place at neutral venues in the city using interactive and motivational methods to explain how people can make changes in small steps towards health and wholeness.

Wendy Lee, Head of Health and Wellbeing at the organisation on Dukes Road, said: “It’s thought one in ten of us nationally has an eating disorder and it’s anticipated that this is set to rise further, and we know, in Southampton, there are long waiting lists to see the NHS Eating Disorder Team.

“We’re partnering up with the charity Tastelife to deliver this new, confidential, eight-session, weekly face-to-face group course, which was accredited by the University of Brighton School of Health Sciences.

"With four sessions, including two online group check-in sessions, up to Christmas and four in the New Year which traditionally can be difficult times, this course is for sufferers and their friends and family, and includes teaching, discussion, stories of recovery, and tools for life."

To book a spot on the course people are being asked to email or call 023 8063 0219.