Our Type 1 Events are a unique experience, that gives children, young people and families affected by Type 1 diabetes, time and space to gain confidence, share experiences and realise they’re not alone.
Volunteer with us and you'll have time away from clinic, gaining invaluable experience of being in the field with Type 1 diabetes management, to enhance your professional practice. You'll see how your advice has a life-long impact, ensuring everyone leaves feeling more confident about living with and managing Type 1.
Hear first-hand from experienced healthcare professional volunteers
How you’ll benefit from volunteering
- You’ll enhance your professional practice by gaining greater insight into the issues facing children, young people and families with their day-to-day Type 1 diabetes management.
- It's an unforgettable experience - you’ll leave knowing that your skills and experience have had a long-lasting and life-changing impact on the children, young people and their families.
- You’ll network with other healthcare professionals with extensive Type 1 experience.
- You may be able to meet key requirements in your professional development.
What to expect
We explain everything you need to know about volunteering at a Family Weekender in our downloadable leaflet. You can also read dietitian Nusrat's experience of supporting children on a Type 1 Event.
“At every event I learn something new. I think that this would be the case for all healthcare professionals, however experienced in the field of diabetes. Working in a clinical setting is a different experience to a Type 1 Event. Volunteering can really open your eyes to some unexpected issues.”
Nusrat is a diabetes specialist dietitian and has volunteered at several Type 1 Events.
Who are we looking for?
Paediatric or adult diabetes specialist nurses
Qualified PDSN/DSN volunteers are needed to provide specialist knowledge, assist with insulin dose adjustment, carbohydrate counting and treating hypos. You must have sound knowledge of pump therapy, Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) and Flash. Your role on the event will be to provide diabetes care for individual children on the weekend when they are away from their parents.
Qualified dietitian volunteers are needed to assist with carbohydrate counting, treating hypos and ensuring any dietary requirements are met. You will be expected to oversee and provide expert advice on the nutritional management of children with Type 1 diabetes.
Diabetologists, consultants, registrars and GPs with a special interest in diabetes are needed to provide specialist knowledge, to help ensure the safe running of our events, including insulin dose adjustment. You'll also be the first point of call for any medical issues, both diabetes and non-diabetes related.
Qualified psychologist volunteers are needed to facilitate group discussions with children with Type 1, their siblings and parents. This is in order to promote coping strategies and improve mental and emotional wellbeing.
Dates and locations
We're planning new Family Weekenders. Please apply online so we can keep you posted of new events as they're added.