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Ways you can volunteer

We have different types of volunteer roles available to suit your level of experience, and the time commitment you can offer while making the best use of the skills you have. 

What we can offer you

  • Experience of working in the charity sector.
  • Information and materials to help you carry out your role effectively.
  • Full training, guidance and support. 
  • Reimbursement of out of office expenses incurred while carrying out activities for us, for example travel, lunch.
  • Recognition of the role that you are carrying out in support of us..

Fundraising events volunteer

Show your support for the 4.6 million people in the UK living with diabetes by volunteering at our fundraising events

By volunteering as a cheerer at one of our fundraising events, you are guaranteed a fun day out with an amazing festival atmosphere. This is one off opportunity and very flexible – if you can give 2 hours, great, if you would like to stay for longer – amazing, even better. 

London Bridges Challenge, Sunday 30 September

The London Bridges Challenge is our 10 mile walk, across 12 of London's most iconic bridges. The 4,000 participants taking part will walk from Battersea Park and weave across the Thames, heading east, finishing across Tower Bridge. We need support on the day at the start venue for registration, on the route for marshalling, and at the finish venue to help create a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.

You can support them by volunteering for just part of the day, or the full day. Any help would be greatly appreciated. General shifts are:

  • Registration at start venue (Battersea Park):  7.40am - 11am
  • Marshalling on the route: Any time between 9.30am - 4pm
  • Finish venue (Tower Hill): 1pm - 5pm

To register for a shift, please complete the registration form 

Have a look at our London Bridges Challenge webpage for further information, or drop us an email 


Royal Parks Half Marathon, Sunday 14th October 2018

Our cheer points are:

  • At mile 6 which is on Serpentine Road, a 5-10 minute walk from Hyde Park Corner or Knightsbridge tube stations we need cheerers from 9am to 12pm. 
  • At mile 1 which is at Kensington Gardens, a 5-10 minute walks from Lancaster Gate and Queensway tube stations we need cheerers from 11am to 3pm. 

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Online Forum Host Volunteer

Help welcome people to our online community and make a difference to a huge network of people

Forum Hosts welcome new members to our online support forum and use their own experiences of diabetes to offer helpful responses, making a difference to a large network of people living with diabetes.

Read the role description (Word, 123KB) for more information about the role.

Online Forum Moderator Volunteer

Help directly support a wide network of people affected by diabetes in our online support forum

Our Forum Moderators help us to maintain a helpful and inclusive community online, by contributing practical advice and support, responding to issue reports and by being a positive member of the community. This is a rewarding volunteer opportunity and a great chance to use your own experiences to directly support people who are affected by diabetes. You can volunteer flexible hours, from home and we will provide training.

Read the role description (Word, 124KB) for more information about the role


Office volunteer 

Help keep our offices running smoothly by supporting your local team 

We often need volunteers in our offices around the UK to assist with the day to day running of the charity. You could be helping with administration, event organisation, research or any other area of our work.

Our office volunteer roles are a great way to develop new skills, gain practical experience of working in the office environment and make a real difference to the lives of people living with diabetes.

Groups support and development volunteer

Do you have a talent for building credible and effective relationships?

Working closely with your local volunteering team, you will form strong links with our local groups and work with them to develop and try new ideas to involve as many people as possible within their local community. 

Read the role description (Word, 108KB) for more information about the role.

Local group volunteer

Lend a helping hand to our local support groups 

Our local groups are networks of support to those affected by diabetes. They run their own meetings, events, walks and activities in their communities. 

As a local group volunteer, you will help our groups to develop allowing them to do more for people living with diabetes in your local area. You will be supporting our groups to hire venues for their meetings, arranging speakers to attend and help them promote their group to the public.

Read the role description (Word, 108KB) for more information about the role.  

Speaker volunteer 

Do you have a passion for public speaking? This is the perfect volunteering role for you.

Our speaker scheme volunteers are a network of volunteer speakers trained to raise awareness about diabetes and the services we provide to support people living with diabetes in their communities. 

Our speakers give talks to a wide range of people, from community groups to local companies or council committees. You can fit the talks into your existing commitments and decide when you are available and who you are going to be speaking to.

All speaker scheme volunteers need to attend a training day to learn more about diabetes and Diabetes UK. The training days happen regularly throughout the year, but your local volunteer officer can tell you more about what training is available and when. 

This is the perfect opportunity for those looking to improve and strengthen their speaking skills. 

Read the role description (Word, 118KB) for more information about the role.

School Speaker Volunteer

Help raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes to make sure more children are diagnosed early

As a school speaker volunteer, you will give talks and presentations to school students and staff in your local community to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes in schools and promote fundraising opportunities and schools campaigns for Diabetes UK. 

As part of the role you will attend a school speaker volunteer training session to learn more about diabetes, the work we do and help develop your presentation skills. 

Read the role description (Word, 32KB) for more information about the role.

    Events volunteer

    Help set the record straight about diabetes by becoming an events volunteer

    We need help at events all over the country, so if you have some time to spare, this could be the role for you. 

    As an events volunteer, you will be working with Diabetes UK staff, talking to members of the public and handing out information about diabetes.

    The events range from stands in shopping centres and high streets, to big events such as county shows. You don't need any previous knowledge or experience about diabetes or Diabetes UK. We give you all the information and support that you need.

    Read the role description (Word, 118KB) for more information about the role.

    Fundraising ambassador

    Bring your creativity, energy and enthusiasm for fundraising to our team 

    It is important to both raise awareness of diabetes, and generate vital funds to help us one day find a cure. Our fundraising ambassadors play a important role in talking to our groups about our work, supporting our fundraising team to organise events and attend cheque presentations locally. 

    Read the role description (Word, 117KB) for more information about the role.  

    How to apply for a role

    To apply for any of the roles below, please complete an application form (Word, 41KB and send it to your local volunteering team. If you want to have a chat before applying, your local team will be more than happy to assist.


    Can't find a suitable role?

    If you can't find a suitable role, then please check back regularly for updates. Or contact your local volunteering team for more on opportunities available in your area.

    For more information on our volunteering roles, complete our interest form

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