The London Health Commission last week honoured Diabetes UK’s Hounslow Voluntary Group by shortlisting the group for its first ever awards recognising the contribution to health and well-being by small community-based organisations.
At the awards ceremony which took place at City Hall, Hounslow Voluntary Group was one of three organisations nominated in the category of ‘Partnership achievement with the NHS’.
Supporting the local community
“We are absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award," said David Cahill, Chair of the Diabetes UK Hounslow Voluntary Group.
"To be recognised by the London Health Commission is testament to the creativity and innovation behind the work we do in providing information and support to our local community.
“With Type 2 diabetes and obesity growing at an alarming rate, our group aims to influence the general public to make lifestyle changes in order to prevent or delay diabetes. We make people aware of the symptoms and offer support to people with diabetes to enable them to better self-manage their condition.”
Raising awareness, prevention and early detection
Hounslow Voluntary Group was nominated for its work in raising diabetes awareness, prevention and early detection through a partnership agreement with Hounslow PCT, awareness stands at local community events and presentations to other groups. More details can be found on theHounslow Voluntary Group website.
Playing a crucial role for Diabetes UK
Verity Steddon, Volunteer Development Manager of Diabetes UK, said: "Our voluntary groups play a crucial role in providing information and support within the local community. Hounslow Voluntary Group has done a magnificent job in raising awareness of diabetes and thoroughly deserves this recognition."
The London Health Commission Awards will be held every two years aim to recognise and reward achievement in tackling health inequalities across London and highlight partnership working between community organisations, businesses and the public sector.