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Sign up to our free ‘Get Moving’ classes

A lady moving as she joins in with a Diabetes UK Get Moving class

We’re running free physical activity classes for people living with diabetes, both online and face-to-face with coronavirus safety measures in place. 

Get Moving with Diabetes UK 

If you’re living with diabetes and finding it hard to get active in your day-to-day life, we’re here to help. We understand that it can be difficult to find the motivation to move more, and that sometimes it can be hard to know where to begin - especially if you’re new to exercise.  

So, starting in September, our Physical Activity Coordinators will be running free 10 week courses specifically tailored to support people who are currently doing less than 30 minutes of exercise a week. 

From boxercise to Tai chi to movement to music, each weekly class will focus on a different gentle activity - giving you the chance to try out new ways to get active and find what suits you. Plus, we’ll be holding Q&A sessions at the end of each class, so that you can find out more about managing your condition and get tips and advice from our clinical experts and guest speakers. 

And because you’ll be part of the same group throughout the entire 10 weeks, you’ll also get the chance to meet and chat to other participants who all have the same goal - to move more and live well with diabetes.

‘I’ve never been a fitness fanatic, but the courses really fired my imagination - especially the session about boxercise. I sat through it and thought ‘hang on, I can do that!’ and from that point I took getting active more seriously.’

- Mike, a current participant of our Get Moving courses 

If you’re already doing over 30 minutes of exercise a week, our courses might not be for you. But we’ve got lots of other resources to support you to stay active too. Get inspired by heading to We Are Undefeatable, or check out our information and advice about moving more when you have diabetes

Online courses 

Some of our Get Moving courses will be held online, so you’ll just need to be able to log in via Zoom to take part. As all 10 classes will be held on the same day and time each week, we’ve got a number of courses running at different times throughout the week for you to choose from - including evenings and the weekend. 

We’ll also be running specific online courses for: 

  • women or men only
  • South Asian communities with translation
  • those wanting to do chair-based activities. 

Simply register your interest to find out more about our time slots and availability, and we’ll be in touch with more details as soon as possible. 

  Morning Afternoon Evening

Monday

11:00am 

Session for South Asian ladies, starting on 13 September

2:30pm

Session for chair-based movements, starting on 13 September

 

6:00pm

Session for people with type 2 diabetes, starting on 13 September

Tuesday  

3:00pm

Session for ladies, starting on 14 September

 
Thursday  

3:30pm 

Session for men, starting on 16 September 

5:30pm

Session for people with type 1 diabetes, starting on 16 September


Your free guide to moving more

If you're looking for a way to introduce more movement into your life, check out our new collection of free resources and get active in a way that suits you and your lifestyle. 

Find out more

Community courses in the Midlands

Thanks to the easing of coronavirus restrictions in England, we’re also running Get Moving courses face-to-face for the full 10 weeks in the Midlands. We’ll be limiting numbers in each group to five people, and we’ll be making sure that all the relevant coronavirus safety measures are in place throughout the duration of the course. Your group coordinator will be able to tell you more about these measures for the venue you’ve picked. 

Here’s the timetable for our community courses: 

  Morning Afternoon
Wednesday

9:30am - Pakistan Community Centre, Derby 

Session for ladies, starting on 22 September 

2:30pm - West Bromwich Albion Sports Hall, Sandwell

Starting on 15 September

 

11:00am - Greets Green Resource Centre, Sandwell 

Session for South Asian men, starting on 15 September

4:30pm - West Bromwich Leisure Centre, Sandwell

Starting on 15 September

 

11:30am - Pakistan Community Centre, Derby

Starting on 22 September

 
Thursday

11:00am - Beechdale Lifelong Learning Centre, Walsall

Starting on 16 September

1:30pm - Black Sisters Collective, Bethel Lighthouse Centre, Walsall

Starting on 16 September

How to sign up 

Register your interest for one of the courses on offer by calling 0345 123 2399 or emailing helpline@diabetes.org.uk. You'll then hear from one of our Physical Activity Coordinators, who will get in touch to help you start your journey to move more.  

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