Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we have campaigned for the UK Government to do more to keep people with diabetes out of harm's way.
Since the start of the pandemic we have been calling on government to ensure that guidance and support for people with diabetes is clear, consistent and specific to the needs of the individual.
Thanks to our campaigning work, many more people with diabetes at higher risk from coronavirus were added to the shielding list in England. This is because the UK Government has adopted a new approach to predict the risk a person has from becoming seriously unwell from coronavirus.
Now, we're asking for your experiences of the pandemic, to feed into a report we're launching in the summer. This will make sure people with diabetes get the care and support they need after a difficult year.
As lockdown measures ease, we'll keep campaigning for the government to ensure diabetes is at the front and centre of their plans over the coming months and years. You experiences will help us demonstrate to MPs, Ministers and UK Government officials that diabetes should be a key priority for our healthcare system.
There'll be plenty of opportunities for you to help us keep up the pressure on the government to take action, and your support will make sure diabetes care is taken seriously.
Campaigning about your concerns
Since the start of lockdown we’ve been calling for:
- Clearer advice so people with diabetes are kept safe at work
- People to have access to food and priority deliveries
- Better access to care and support for people with diabetes.
We’ve written to government ministers, attended roundtables, spoken to members of parliaments and assembly members, shared your questions with the key policy decision makers around the UK, contacted supermarkets and worked with other charities to raise awareness of the issues you face both with governments and through the media.
And we’re not easing up. We know that, as lockdown measures change, people with diabetes need more support and information on the best ways to keep safe.
We want to campaign with and alongside you on the most important issues – as we emerge from lockdown, we can tell the Government and decision makers the action they should take to keep you safe from coronavirus, and get the diabetes care you need.
We're looking for your stories
Your experiences and stories are so important in helping us decide where we should focus our campaigning work to make the biggest difference for people with diabetes.
Thousands of our supporters have already shared their experiences of diabetes care during the pandemic in our latest survey. Now, we want to hear your stories in more detail.
We're particularly interested in:
- Emotional support during the pandemic - how has the pandemic impacted you and could you access support when you needed it?
- Diabetes technology - has it helped you manage your diabetes? Have you had any issues accessing it?
- Diabetes care appointments - what's been your experience accessing appointments? Have missed appointments affected you?
If you have a story to tell, we'd love to hear it.