If you feel you would like to access our service you can complete our online referral form. You do not have to have an official diagnosis of an eating disorder from a registered health professional and there are no criteria to accessing services from First Steps. As long as you or someone close to you feels that there is a difficulty with your relationship with food, we are happy to work with you. Referrals are picked up by the team on a Thursday afternoon and contact will be made with you following this within 4 working days.


A support worker will contact you and invite you to attend an initial one-to-one session. This is an informal discussion where the support worker will make an assessment and recommend an individualised care plan, as well as signposting to other agencies, where appropriate.

We aim to empower you to be in control of your recovery through peer and group support and inclusion in positive activities. We actively encourage multi-disciplinary working and work closely with other agencies to provide the best support package for our service users.

Please be aware that we do not work with children under the age of 5 or anyone who may be experiencing feeding problems, such as specific food phobias, or fussy eating. If you think you or your child may be struggling with something like this then it is recommended that you visit your GP. More information can be found online at, Great Ormond Street Hospital website, or on the NHS website.

To complete the self-referral form, please click here

Alternatively, if you are a professional referring a client to us, please click here