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Making it happen - Volunteering

Thank you to everyone who gave their time and skills to Diabetes UK in 2018.

Volunteers took our work and messages into their communities across the UK, raising awareness and knowledge among those who need us the most. They helped us get our voice heard by politicians. They shaped future research, raised funds, and more.

Volunteering in numbers

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Our volunteers have given us more than 100,000 hours of their time this year.

Including working locally to make sure people with diabetes have the support they need and campaigning to improve diabetes care.

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We work together with 367 local diabetes groups 

And on top of this, we've had over 5,000 individual volunteers in 2018. A fantastic effort from our amazingly dedicated volunteers. 


“Volunteering is in my blood. Being a Community Champion gave me the confidence to get out there and talk to people. You just feel so good that you’ve helped even one person.” 

Read Rohit's story

Some of our achievements this year

  • Our Young Leaders action group have done brilliant work in Scotland offering peer support to people with Type 1 diabetes.
  • Over 1,300 Community Champions continued to support their local communities in 2018, including 150 new volunteers in 2018. They use their knowledge and understanding, along with the training we give them, to help their friends and neighbours reduce their risk or manage their Type 2 diabetes better. 
  • Our Clinical Studies Groups helped us identify our four new priority research funding areas. These are people living with diabetes, scientists and healthcare professionals working together to identify gaps in global diabetes research. 
  • Task force volunteering allows people to get involved in specific projects for a set period. This includes our task force in Liverpool who, in 2018, trained gym staff to spot signs and take action if someone is having a hypo,

We can only do this brilliant work with your support

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How we've helped

We rely on our amazing volunteers to help us try to create a world where diabetes can do no harm. And our amazing volunteers have had some absolutely brilliant experiences volunteering with us. Like Jit.



Jit isn't alone. Last year we had lots of different types of volunteers helping out people with diabetes, We wanted to honour them, so we launched Volunteer Spotlight to say thank you. You can read one of your volunteering stories below.


More volunteer stories

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“It’s exciting when you see you’ve made a real difference.” - Bruce 

Read Bruce's story

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We have loads of brilliant opportunities for you to volunteer with us. 

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