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Echo Peer Support Coach

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Beat Eating Disorders

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Are you passionate about supporting people? Do you want to make a difference for people affected by eating disorders?Are you looking to enhance your skills and empower people to get the support that they deserve?

Echo Peer Coaching is a free telephone support service that matches volunteers who have previously cared for someone with an eating disorder with other carers who are currently supporting someone through recovery. Not having someone to talk to regularly about the challenges and frustrations of supporting someone with an eating disorder can be lonely and isolating. It can be hard to find someone who understands what they’re going through, and they might be worried about how to give the best care to their loved one. Throughout their illness, it’s essential that carers take care of their own wellbeing, too. Echo coaches are volunteers who have their own experience of caring for a loved one and coming out the other side. Through weekly 30-minute phone conversations, over a 6-month period, coaches give carers a space where they feel understood, while empowering them to make the most positive impact possible on their loved one’s recovery.

As an Echo Peer Coach, you will receive online training giving you all the skills needed to empower carers throughout their loved ones illness, helping them break free from the traps that prevent recovery. You will join a passionate team of staff and volunteers working towards ending the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders.

Requirements of becoming an Echo Peer Coach:

  • a personal experience of caring for someone with an eating disorder (as a parent, partner or sibling)
  • the person who you have cared for needs to be in a sustained recovery. Beat suggests this means that person has been outside of all treatment for at least two years, and living a confident life in recovery.
  • a passion to help others, prepared to share experience to help with this
  • supply two referees who can comment on your suitability for the role
  • internet access and able to use a computer (to complete the online training)
  • a reliable telephone connection
  • All volunteers must be from the UK as we are a UK based charity

If you would like to get involved in this volunteer opportunity then please follow this link to the Echo application form via the Beat website: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/echo-volunteer. If you have any questions about this volunteering opportunity then please feel free to drop us an email here: echo@beateatingdisorders.org.uk

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About Beat Eating Disorders


Unit 1, 19 Rosary Road, Norwich, NR1 1SZ, GB

Mission Statement

Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. We exist to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. We are a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected, giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered.


Eating disorders are widely misunderstood and stigmatised illnesses, so we work to change this at every level. We campaign for positive change for people who are suffering so that they can get the help they need and deserve as quickly as possible, because we know that the faster they get treatment, the greater their chance of full recovery. We run and assist with research to learn more about what causes eating disorders and how best to treat them.

We translate the complex and technical into practical guidance for people affected by eating disorders, both sufferers and their friends and families. We offer awareness training in schools and workplaces, and a HelpFinder service to help people find treatment in their area. We help healthcare professionals to recognise the thoughts and feelings that cause these mental illnesses, rather than focusing on physical symptoms, so that they can provide the best possible care for their patients.

Eating disorders can be deeply isolating for the people affected by them. Our online support groups and regional support services allow people to talk to others with similar experiences, helping them to feel less alone with their eating disorder. We run phone and email helplines 365 days a year for anyone who needs us. Often when people get in touch it’s the first time they’ve voiced their concerns about themselves or a loved one.

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We'll work with your schedule.


Working from homeNorwich, NR1 1SZUnited Kingdom


  • Mental Health
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • 30 minutes a week for a 6 month period.
  • To apply for the role, please follow this link to the Beat Eating Disorders volunteering application page: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/echo-volunteer All volunteers must be from the UK as we are a UK based charity

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