Our weekend and week-long Type 1 Events for children and teenagers are held at outdoor activity centres. They’re all fun-filled and jam-packed with adventure.
One of the best things about our Type 1 Events is that children and teenagers take steps towards becoming more independent. With the support of trained volunteers, including healthcare professionals, they will build confidence to try new things in a safe environment.
These events also offer parents and carers a bit of a break from all things diabetes.
Type 1 Quest for 8-10 year olds (7-11 in Northern Ireland)
We know looking after a child with Type 1 means a lot of worry, especially when you’re not there with them. But we also know you don’t want your child to miss out on exciting adventures, sleepovers and school trips. Our Type 1 Quests are the perfect introduction to a few nights apart.
Our healthcare professionals - doctors, nurses and dietitians - who volunteer at each event will give full support with blood testing (including at night), insulin-giving and every other bit of diabetes care you normally provide.
During the days the children will be busy enjoying themselves. There is a whole range of exciting activities like kayaking and rock climbing to take part in, all while making new friends who also have Type 1.
If a week apart seems too much, we have a Type 1 Quest which runs over a weekend during the October half term.
Type 1 Adventure for 11-15 year olds (12-17 in Northern Ireland)
Handing over more control to your child as they get older can be tough. Our Type 1 Adventure weeks and weekend give your child the chance to take on a little more of their own care under the watchful eye of our healthcare professionals and trained volunteers. They’ll be there the whole time to offer their years’ of experience in all areas of diabetes management, from adjusting insulin to cover all the high adrenaline activities or help carb-counting for meals and snacks.
Your child will take part in a range of thrilling adventures like mountain biking and raft building, all the time learning how it affects their blood sugar levels. Placed in a group with children or teenagers of a similar age, they will also get the chance to chat about the highs and lows of diabetes and know they’re not the only one living with Type 1.
Type 1 Experience for 16-18 years olds
Being a teenager is hard enough as it is. There are even more challenges when you’ve got Type 1. There are exams, leaving home, a job, holidays with pals, the pub, girlfriends, boyfriends and break-ups (sorry). Then there’s all the inescapable parts of diabetes, whether that’s inconvenient hypos or remembering to pick up prescriptions. Our Type 1 Experience gives 16-18 year olds a week away to get ready for life as an adult with Type 1.
There’s plenty of action and activities but there’s also a focus on building independence and confidence in managing diabetes. They’ll be plenty of time to get to know everyone else there, sharing experiences and swapping tips. There is also the chance to talk to experts and ask any questions. Especially the awkward ones. Our Type 1 Experience is designed to make sure diabetes doesn’t get in the way of the thrills and spills of becoming an adult.