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We're launching our first ever Volunteer Strategy

We love that you volunteer for us. You make things happen. You offer support. You share your knowledge. You lend us your expertise.  

We want to make sure that everyone who volunteers for us, no matter what role or how long they spend doing it, enjoys the time they give to Diabetes UK.

That’s why in June we’ll be launching our first ever volunteer strategy.

It will set out what we want to achieve with volunteering and how we will make sure everyone finds it rewarding.

"Over the last 18 months, Local Groups and volunteers have told me about the difference they make, and why it’s so important to them. I’ve also heard how sometimes paperwork can make doing the things that matter to you challenging.

I know the feeling. Before becoming Head of Volunteering, I was a volunteer myself. I chaired the Local Group in Sheffield for four years, was a volunteer speaker and also helped at Know Your Risk events.  

I know how fulfilling it is to be a Diabetes UK volunteer. I also know it’s not always as simple as it should be."

Andy Broomhead, Head of Volunteering 

So, as the year goes on we’ll be making some changes. They won’t all come at once but we hope they will mean you get even more out of volunteering. Here’s just a couple of things to look forward to.

We’re creating new ways to volunteer 

Up in Cumbria our befriending volunteers are making sure no one faces diabetes alone. And we’re giving people the power to pick a project - our new taskforce volunteers in Liverpool have been making the city’s gyms diabetes friendly. You can find out what new volunteering opportunities are available in your area by getting in touch with your local volunteering team.

Online training

From June we’ll have information relevant to your volunteer role in a new online training area. You’ll also find refresher training segments and up-to-date resources on diabetes – all available for you to look at when it suits you.

We also want to know what you think. Email to tell us what parts of volunteering you love and what parts are frustrating. 


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