In 2007 a number of concerned parents of young people with eating disorders formed a support group for families and carer’s in the Cork area. This happened in direct response to the acute lack of support, or of any dedicated treatment centre for eating disorders outside of the Dublin area. Their vision was to see a treatment centre established in Cork. The goal was also to ensure that any service would extend to all people regardless of their socio-economic status.
The group went on to secure a small HSE funding and also charitable status for the project. Subsequently, Eating Disorder Centre Cork (EDCC) opened its doors as a therapeutic centre on 21st January 2008 (as Shandon Therapy Centre). The centre started out of two rooms in a community centre in the Shandon area of Cork.
In 2012 the centre was re-launched as Eating Disorder Centre Cork, as it was agreed that this name more visibly reflects the nature of the work we are involved in and committed to.