Day In, Day Out – Diabetes UK

Diabetes might be with you day in day out, but so are we.

Whilst all face to face activity has been on hold since March, we have been busy developing a powerful network of support across the Midlands & Eastern region to continue to offer help to those with, affected by or at risk of diabetes.

Online Peer Support Groups

We know that this may be a particularly difficult time for people affected by diabetes. That’s why we’ve been trialling a range of meetings across the region to enable people to continue to be connected and get the support that they need.

Millions are depending on us, but we can’t do it alone.

We now have a number of online groups meeting regularly in both the daytime and evenings. We have groups supporting people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Some groups are focussed on a particular geographical area, whilst others are open to anybody irrespective of where you live. For example, we are working in partnership with Healthwatch Walsall to run a series of online support meetings for people living in Walsall via Zoom to talk to each other and learn more about the condition.

We have also launched a new group to help people from the South Asian community live well with diabetes. This started in October and attracted people from across East Anglia.

“It is great to know there is someone else there that you can talk to and to hear how they are getting on”

“talking with others has helped me understand much more about my diabetes”

We are very grateful for the support of our volunteers who are helping to organise and facilitate these meetings. We would like to hear from anybody interested in becoming an Online Peer Support Group Facilitator, to enable us to extend our network and reach more people affected by diabetes. We offer full training and ongoing support to volunteers.

If you are interested in joining one of our online peer support groups, please contact the team via David.robinson@diabetes.org.uk. Or call 07790108830 for more details.