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Involve Newsletter

Summer 2019

Volunteer survey results

Earlier this year we asked you for your thoughts about your volunteering experience and we wanted to share some of the key figures, and let you know about some of the things we’re doing to make that experience even better.

Over three-quarters of people (79%) said they were happy with their volunteering experience, and the same number would recommend volunteering at Diabetes UK to someone. Those who responded also said that volunteering has increased their knowledge of diabetes, and over 80% feel that their volunteering makes a difference.

You also told us you want to hear more from us about how some of our projects and opportunities are progressing. We’re already looking at how we can improve the content of our emails and other communications to give you that information.

We recognise that we can do more to improve how we keep in touch with you, and making sure we’re able to provide more support and ongoing communication in relation to your volunteering role is important.

Lastly, those people new to volunteering at Diabetes UK told us that their first contact with us, their training and induction were all positive experiences. In relation to training, 89% of volunteers who have been with us for over 12 months told us that initiatives about GDPR and Safeguarding meant they were clear about how these applied to their role.

We’re already working on making more information and training available at a time that suits you, with the development of an online training site. We’ll have some core content available in June, and will add more throughout the year.

We want volunteering at Diabetes UK to be an exciting, enjoyable and rewarding experience for all our volunteers and your feedback really does help us improve what we do and how we do it. You can find out more about our plans for volunteering over the next few years by reading our Volunteer Strategy.

Involve is our newsletter for volunteers, keeping you up to date with everything that is happening at Diabetes UK, and the great work our volunteers are doing.

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