Help us beat diabetes and we’ll help you with your housework!

Help us beat diabetes and we’ll help you with your housework!

We are looking for volunteers to help us get a diabetes support group off the ground – and in return we’ll help with your gardening, ironing, simple DIY or whatever else you may need a hand with!

In our area over 2,000 people are living with Type 2 diabetes and estimates show a further 1,000 are at risk of developing the condition. It affects more people than cancer and dementia combined. It’s time to start talking more seriously about it and we need YOUR help.

Working with the Opportunity Knocks Project in Plymouth we are on the look-out for a number of volunteers to become our Diabetes Champions – also known as ‘Diabeters’. In return, and as part of the Opportunity Knocks Timebank system, we can help you with your ironing, gardening, baking needs, computer skills and much, much more.

Interested? Diabeters will learn a little bit more about the condition and the consequences of living with diabetes and turn that into action. They will work with us at Beacon Medical Group, Opportunity Knocks and Livewell South West to help signpost patients to the great support already out there and to find out from local people what extra support they might need. The role will also involve helping to facilitate regular meetings as well as providing peer support to those who are finding it difficult to make lifestyle changes.

You don’t need to be an expert clinician, you don’t need direct experience of diabetes, you just need to be interested in your community and helping to tackle this condition.

We want you to help us on our journey empowering people to make the right choices and to take control of their own health. As a Diabeter you will gain valuable experience in learning persuasive, mentoring and buddying skills and develop a thorough understanding of health care needs in the local population.

As a volunteer Diabeter you will earn credits on the Opportunity Knocks Timebank. For each hour that you help someone out, you earn one Time Credit. Your Time Credits go on your Timebank record which you can then use for receiving help from someone else. One hour is swapped for one hour regardless of what is being done. So the more you do, the more you can have done for you.

To register your interest or for more information about the role please email sophie.henderson6@nhs.net

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