New initiative to help those suffering from eating disorders find work

May 25th 2016 / Ayesha Muttucumaru Google+ Ayesha Muttucumaru

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Recruitment agency Sidekicks London has joined forces with charity Free Me to help women achieve and maintain recovery from eating disorders and addictions

Entering the workforce is a tricky business nowadays, even more so if you’re re-entering it after suffering from an eating disorder or addiction. However, the new Work to Recover initiative between recruitment agency Sidekicks London and charity, Free Me looks to provide a valuable helping hand to those in need.

According to a 2015 report commissioned by Beat, approximately more than 725,000 people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder, with anorexia nervosa affecting 1 in 250 women. Bulimia is two to three times more common and 90% of people with the condition are female. Sidekicks London and the Work to Recover scheme hope to assist those affected in becoming more financially and mentally stable, as well as help them forge meaningful careers.

Services that will be provided include:

● Free CV workshops for Free Me clients who are ready to take the first step towards re-entering the world of work;

● Free practical advice to assist women find employment that’s right for them;

● Free coaching sessions before interviews;

● Sidekicks London works with employers for whom Corporate Social Responsibility is a real priority. Those employers offer work placements to Free Me clients in order to help them adjust to the world of work once more.

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Founder of Sidekicks Jessica Williams says, “The launch of Work to Recover is an incredibly proud moment for everyone in the Sidekicks team. One of my closest friends was utterly devastated by bulimia and I saw how hard she struggled to find work. It was heartbreaking to see such a brilliant, brave, capable woman - who had devoted so much to her recovery - left unable to find work. Work to Recover means we can help women in a genuinely practical way. Often re-entering the world of work is the final, crucial step in the process of regaining independence.”

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Jessica Williams, Founder of Sidekicks

She adds, “Work to Recover allows us to prepare Free Me’s clients thoroughly to ensure that we maximise their chances of being able to find work and we won’t stop until we’re satisfied that we’ve made a real difference to these women’s lives.”

Founder of Free Me, Florence Norman, says: “Work to Recover is an absolutely brilliant initiative that will provide a vital link in the recovery process. Building the confidence to get back out into the professional world is a key step in getting better and is often one of the biggest relapse triggers.

“I worked as a PA before I came into recovery and founded Free Me. I loved the work because it was so relationship oriented. It takes a lot to be a reliable and efficient PA, much more than people think, and even though it is hard work, it is incredibly rewarding.”

Find out more information about the Work to Recover initiative here.

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