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Belfast Lord Mayor launches new diabetes Live Well Hub in north Belfast

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Belfast Lord Mayor Ryan Murphy joined us to mark the official opening of our new Northern Ireland Live Well Hub at the Houben Centre, north Belfast at the end of September. This new service will offer information and resources to support members of the local community with their diabetes care.

Image of Lord Mayor of Belfast and Diabetes UK NI staff

The Belfast Hub is the third of its kind launched by the leading diabetes charity as part of a five-year project, with sites already established in Ballymena and Bangor.

Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the hubs provide a one-stop-shop for diabetes related information, advice and support from both local healthcare professionals and members of the Diabetes UK Northern Ireland team.

Commenting on the launch of the new Live Well Hub, our Northern Ireland Director, Tina McCrossan, said:

“We are really excited to see our Live Well Hub project expand with the opening of this new resource in north Belfast, an area which holds the highest prevalence of diabetes in the Belfast Trust.

"In this setting, members of the local community can access helpful resources, discuss their questions with healthcare professionals and connect with peers – all of which can go such a long way in helping them live well with diabetes."

Image of Tina McCrossan and with the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Ryan Murphy

“We were delighted to see such a great turn out at our official launch and look forward to welcoming members of the Live Well Hub back for our upcoming meetings in the months ahead,” added Tina.

Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Ryan Murphy, said:

“Diabetes is the fastest growing serious health condition and it negatively impacts so many people’s lives in Belfast. There’s currently no known cure for any type of diabetes, but the good news is that with the right treatment, knowledge and support, people with diabetes can lead a long, full, and healthy life.

“In the Belfast Agenda, we’ve committed to addressing health inequalities with our city partners, so that we can improve quality of life and wellbeing for all our residents. This new Live Well Hub at the Houben Centre is going to help so many people - and I’d like to pay tribute to all the staff who will be providing this essential service.”

Watch video from Belfast City Council's Twitter account.

Upcoming meetings – Ardoyne and Shankill Healthy Living Centre, Houben Centre, 432 Crumlin Road, Belfast, BT14 7TF

  • Thursday 12th October, 10am-11am
  • Thursday 19th October, 10am-11am
  • Thursday 26th October, 10am-11am
  • Thursday 2nd November, 10am-11am

If you would like further information on the Live Well Hubs, please contact our Northern Ireland team at

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