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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 are able to offer, whilst 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.

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.

Online support forum host volunteer

Our Online Support Forum is a safe and inclusive online community, where people living with or affected by diabetes can get valuable peer support, find information and share their experiences with others. 

As a Online Support Forum Host volunteer, you’ll help to maintain the friendly and inclusive environment by welcoming members and guiding the flow of discussion. You’ll contribute practical advice and support, which can impact individual lives’ across a huge network of people living with diabetes. If you have experience in a specific area (for example pregnancy or you use a pump) our forum hosts have the option to focus additional support in a specific board.

If you’re interested in supporting people living with or affected by diabetes and are enthusiastic about the benefits of online communities, this could be the volunteering opportunity for you.

Read the role description (Word, 125KB) for more information about the role. 

Online support forum moderator

Help maintain a safe and supportive space for people to discuss diabetes by becoming a Moderator of our online forum community

As a forum moderator volunteer, you would help maintain a supportive and inclusive environment by contributing practical advice and support and by being a positive member of the community.  You would keep up the safe environment by ensuring members follow our User Guidelines and in doing so, enable people to share their concerns and ultimately find support from peers.

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, 120KB) 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.  

    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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