Beat receives new grant from Tampon Tax Fund

Posted 27/11/2020

Beat has received a new grant from the Tampon Tax Fund as part of its latest round of funding supporting disadvantaged women and girls across the UK.  

This funding will be used as part of Beat’s new Keystone project, designed to inform, guide, and empower families and friends so that they can help give their loved one the very best chance of recovery.   

As part of this project, Beat will be expanding its range of free, UK-wide support services, including: 

  • Information packs designed to inform and guide those caring for a loved one, available at NHS eating disorder service providers. 
  • Moderated message boards where people caring for someone with an eating disorder can anonymously share information and find support from those in similar situations. 
  • Nexus – a telephone advice and coaching service for people supporting a loved one. 
  • Solace – a peer-supported video group for family and friends, facilitated by experienced eating disorder clinicians. 
  • Raising Resilience – a new workshop for anyone caring for someone with an eating disorder, so they can learn the skills to help their loved one towards recovery. 

Beat hopes that as a result, carers will develop a better understanding of eating disorders and their treatment, will become more confident in supporting their loved one, and will feel less isolated. 

Beat’s Chief Executive, Andrew Radford, said: 

'We are extremely grateful for this new funding, which will help to support girls and young women suffering from eating disorders through training and support for families and carers.  

‘We hope that our new work, made possible through the Tampon Tax Fund, will help to transform lives and allow as many people as possible to make full and sustained recoveries.' 

Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran, said: 

‘Vulnerable women and girls need our support more than ever in this difficult year, and these grants will help keep vital services going. 

From supporting victims of domestic abuse, to those suffering from mental health problems, this funding will help to directly tackle some of the most serious issues facing women and girls today.” 

For more information on Beat’s support services dedicated to individuals supporting someone affected by an eating disorder, please visit our page here.