Volunteer opportunities: Diabetes Champions

Volunteer opportunities: Diabetes Champions

Working with Volunteer Plymouth we are on the look-out for a number of volunteers to become our Diabetes Champions – also know as ‘Diabeters’.

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 and Livewell South West to help identify people most at risk, to help signpost the great support already out there and to find out from local people what extra support they might need.

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.

In our area over 2,000 people are living with diabetes, it affects more people than cancer and dementia combined. Its time to start talking more seriously about it.

Type 2 diabetes develops when your body can’t produce enough insulin or when the insulin that is produced doesn’t work properly. It usually appears in people aged over 40 but is increasingly affecting children, adolescents and young people. Long term complications can include how diabetes affects your eyes, heart, kidneys and nerves and feet. Diabetes can generally be controlled though through diet and exercise, and with medication as a last resort.

Diabetes is a growing problem within our communities with 1 in 3 people at highest risk of developing diabetes. Many people won’t know that they are at risk and may not know what simple things they can do to stop developing diabetes.

A copy of your CV would be accepted as an application for this role. For more information, or to register your interest, visit Volunteer Plymouth or email zoe.trevascus@nhs.net.

Published 22 February 2017

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