Diabetes UK recently brought together 30 young people with diabetes for a dynamic 3D (Diabetes, Diagnosis, Discussion) training weekend in London.
Many young people feel that after they leave the doctor’s office that they have no one to talk to and that no one in their peer group understands what they are going through.
3D Training for Young People was created by Diabetes UK to address this problem.
3D training workshops help equip young people with the social and practical skills required to share their diabetes experiences with others.
Volunteer participants aged between 18 and 30 learn how to seek out other young people with diabetes in their communities, organise group meetings, and facilitate group discussions.
Emphasis is placed on discussing how it feels to live with the everyday reality of diabetes and discover good ways to support other young people with the condition.
More 3D Training Weekends for Young People are taking place on 2-4 November 2007 and 11-13 January 2008. They are open to anyone in the UK aged 18-30 who is interested in facilitating group discussions about diabetes. Accommodation, all meals and travel expenses will be covered by Diabetes UK.
It’s best if at least two people from your area sign up for the training at the same time so you can support each other with future events. If you don’t know anyone else with diabetes in your community, you can invite a friend or family member.
For more information on 3D Training for Young People, please contact the Campaigns and Volunteer Development Team at Diabetes UK. Telephone 0207 424 1000 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org