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Volunteer Spotlight

March 2024

Kirsty is a Pensions Administrator from Glasgow who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was just 18 months old. She’s a member of Diabetes Scotland’s Tech Collective, a General Volunteer at our Type 1 Family Weekender events, and has just signed up to be a Football Fans In Training (FFIT) volunteer with her dad. 

Meet Kirsty

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Volunteer Spotlight February 2024

To mark Student Volunteering Week 2024 (12-18 February), we caught up with Aashna, a medical student who created the University of Bristol Type 1 Diabetes community group.
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Volunteer Spotlight December 2023

Lea is one of our Young Leaders on the Our Lives, Our Voices programme in Northern Ireland and she recently joined the Northern Ireland Advisory Council.
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Volunteer Spotlight November 2023

To mark Trustees’ Week on 6-10 November, we asked Professor Hanif, who sits on our Board of Trustees, about his experience
A man and his son wearing Diabetes UK tshirts and 'crazy hair' holding a map

Volunteer Spotlight - September 2023

Lee was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 7. He’s recently become one of our Live Well Champions in Wales.
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Volunteer Spotlight - August 2023

Phoebe was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two weeks before her 10th birthday. She’s now studying for a degree in Forensic Science at university, and is one of our Young Leader volunteers on the Together Type 1 youth programme.
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Volunteer Spotlight July 2023

Sid is a Specialist Diabetes Dietitian working in Salford. He recently volunteered with Diabetes UK for the first time, at one of our Type 1 Family Weekender events.
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Volunteer Spotlight - June 2023

When Sue was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she knew nothing about the condition. So she started volunteering to learn more, and now has a variety of roles sharing her knowledge with others.
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Volunteer Spotlight - May 2023

Jackie started volunteering when he was looking for some support for his own diabetes in 2014. He now supports many other people through his various voluntary roles.
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Volunteer Spotlight - April 2023

Carole is one of our speaker volunteers, and secretary of the Hammersmith and Fulham local group.
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Volunteer Spotlight - March 2023

Parveen started volunteering to give something back to her community. She is now a lay member on one of our Diabetes Research Steering Groups.
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Volunteer Spotlight - February 2023

Jenny has volunteered at our Type 1 Family Weekenders and Summer Camps for over 20 years. She tells us why the events are so important to her.
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Volunteer Spotlight - November 2022

To celebrate Trustees' Week, we asked our Chair of the Board of Trustees, Carol Homden, some questions about her experience a year into her role.
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Volunteer Spotlight - October 2022

Amina is an event volunteer with us and takes every opportunity she can to hold an information stand in her community and raise awareness of diabetes.
A photo of Jamie smiling to camera on holiday with his arms crossed and his continuous glucose monitor visible

Volunteer Spotlight - September 2022

Jamie volunteers with our youth project in Scotland. In this Q&A, he tells us about why he got involved, his experience as a youth volunteer, and what he's learned along the way.
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Volunteer Spotlight - August 2022

John was inspired to volunteer after he retired, wanting to help others affected by diabetes. We spoke to John to find out more about the innovative work he's doing to raise awareness of diabetes in his community.
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Volunteer Spotlight - July 2022

Nicola is the lead volunteer of our support group in Neath. She set the group up in 2021 and is looking forward to seeing how far it can go to support people living with diabetes in the area.
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Volunteer Spotlight - May 2022

David is the lead volunteer for our online type 1 adults support group, ‘The Funambulists’ which was formed in December 2020. 
Volunteer Spotlight - April 2022

Volunteer Spotlight - April 2022

Rumit started volunteering with us in 2008. He overcame his fears to become a Speaker Volunteer, and has also fundraised, helped at events, in our office and is treasurer of his local group in Barnet.
Volunteer Spotlight - March 2022

Volunteer Spotlight - March 2022

Alan decided to apply to be an Events Volunteer after his son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two years ago. Since then, he’s learnt a great deal about the condition and gone on to raise awareness to help others.
Volunteer Spotlight - February 2022

Volunteer Spotlight - February 2022

To celebrate Student Volunteering Week, we sat down with our volunteer Helen Liebhaber, who has set up a type 1 support group at Bristol UWE.
Volunteer Spotlight - January 2022

Volunteer Spotlight - January 2022

Carol is a Befriending Volunteer with our Carmarthen Befriending Circle. She has been giving virtual exercise classes and is working with her local council for Voluntary Services to run sessions for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Volunteer Spotlight - December 2021

Volunteer Spotlight - December 2021

Our Friday Lunch Peer Support Group was set up in June 2020 in response to the pandemic. Since then, the group of six volunteers from across Scotland have met online every Friday to support each other through the ups and downs of living with diabetes.
Volunteer Spotlight - November 2021

Volunteer Spotlight - November 2021

To celebrate Trustees’ Week, we sat down with Sir Peter Dixon, the Chair of our Board of Trustees, to ask him some questions about the important role of trustees within the organisation and his reflections on his time as Chair of the Board.
Volunteer Spotlight - October 2021

Volunteer Spotlight - October 2021

Tony has been supporting communities across Manchester for over 40 years. For Tony it’s about making connections to help people and communities to thrive.
Volunteer Spotlight - September 2021

Volunteer Spotlight - September 2021

When Jonathan retired as a GP in 2015, he wanted to volunteer to give back and for a sense of purpose after his working life had come to an end. As a Volunteer Befriender, he provides a listening ear and supports other people living with type 2 diabetes.
Volunteer Spotlight - August 2021

Volunteer Spotlight - August 2021

Nathan is a Speaker Volunteer from the East Midlands. He tells us his story of being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 25, learning about his condition and Diabetes UK, and going on to volunteer and share his experience with others.
Volunteer Spotlight - July 2021

Volunteer Spotlight - July 2021

Lis has volunteered for us for an incredible 20 years and counting as a passionate speaker, campaigner, research volunteer and service champion.
Volunteer Spotlight - May 2021

Volunteer Spotlight - May 2021

Chippenham & District have been running online meetings every two weeks since April 2020. The hardworking committee arrange talks for the group and also run peer support meetings for people living with diabetes.
Volunteer Spotlight - April 2021

Volunteer Spotlight - April 2021

Dawn is a Speaker Volunteer from Nottingham. She first started volunteering for us in 2017 and is giving online awareness talks in the run up to Ramadan this year.
Volunteer Spotlight - March 2021

Volunteer Spotlight - March 2021

Emma's one of our guest instructors on our 10 week ‘Get Moving’ programme, supporting people with diabetes to start moving more. To celebrate National Workouts and Wellbeing Week, we spoke to Emma to find out more about her role.
Volunteer Spotlight - February 2021

Volunteer Spotlight - February 2021

Our Forth Valley T1D Families Group are a community that support each other through the ups and downs of type 1 diabetes. In November 2020, they put together packs for local children and their families newly diagnosed during the pandemic.
Volunteer Spotlight - January 2021

Volunteer Spotlight - January 2021

When Charlie's career came to an end in 2017, he applied to volunteer for Diabetes UK and has gone on fundraise for us, help at countless events and tell his personal story of being diagnosed with LADA through talks, articles and blogs.
Volunteer Spotlight - December 2020

Volunteer Spotlight - December 2020

Our wonderful Sheffield Group dates back to the 1950s and does so much for their local community. In January 2020, they organised a big event to help people living with diabetes feel confident to move more.
Volunteer Spotlight - November 2020

Volunteer Spotlight - November 2020

Catherine is one of our type 1 events volunteers, making sure that children with type 1 diabetes and their families have the best possible time on our activity weekends. She tells us her story of living with diabetes and volunteering at our events.
Volunteer Spotlight - October 2020

Volunteer Spotlight - October 2020

Spencer lives in Cornwall and has volunteered with us for eight years. He's a Community Ambassador in the South West and raises awareness of diabetes and the support Diabetes UK provides by being a voice in his local community.
Volunteer Spotlight - September 2020

Volunteer Spotlight - September 2020

Sheila celebrates her 10th anniversary of volunteering this month. In the last 10 years, she's helped to proof read countless publications for us as well as raising awareness of diabetes and running our Stevenage Local Group.
Volunteer Spotlight - August 2020

Volunteer Spotlight - August 2020

Abdul has been raising awareness of type 2 diabetes since he was diagnosed 20 years ago. As a Community Champion, he gives talks in the South Asian community and speaks about diabetes on the radio.
Volunteer Spotlight - July 2020

Volunteer Spotlight - July 2020

Bonita is a befriender in our Cumbria Befriending Circle. She draws on her personal experience of living with type 2 diabetes to support others affected by the condition in her area by phone and email.
Volunteer Spotlight - June 2020

Volunteer Spotlight - June 2020

Mistura is a Community Champion in the London borough of Brent. The start of Ramadan coincided with the coronavirus lockdown and, when a planned event was cancelled, Mistura started to give talks about diabetes online.
Volunteer Spotlight - April 2020

Volunteer Spotlight - April 2020

Sally sits on our Council of People Living with Diabetes and works as a speaker volunteer and treasurer of our Winchester and Eastleigh local group. Since the start of the lockdown, she’s been passionate about keeping her community up-to-date.
Volunteer Spotlight - March 2020

Volunteer Spotlight - March 2020

Angie is the chair of her local Southampton & District group. She also works with CCGs in her area to improve their services and talks about her experience of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
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Volunteer Spotlight - February 2020

James is a lead volunteer on our type 1 events. After attending the events as a child, James was inspired to get involved in helping to run them 15 years later.
Volunteer Spotlight - January 2020

Volunteer Spotlight - January 2020

Tom is one of our longest serving volunteers in Northern Ireland. He co-chairs our research committee and also raises awareness of diabetes in his local community.
Volunteer Spotlight - November 2019

Volunteer Spotlight - November 2019

Göher has been involved with research for the last 10 years and is currently supporting research projects at the University of Oxford. She is a lay member on one of our Clinical Studies Groups and is also a part of our Grants Advisory Panel.
Volunteer Spotlight - October 2019

Volunteer Spotlight - October 2019

Metin has volunteered for us since 2012. He's supported Diabetes UK at numerous events in London and the East of England and is the lead volunteer of the Cheshunt Peer Support Group.
Volunteer Spotlight - September 2019

Volunteer Spotlight - September 2019

The North Devon group celebrates its 15 year anniversary this year. The group runs countless awareness and fundraising events in the local community together with regular activities for its many members.
Volunteer Spotlight - August 2019

Volunteer Spotlight - August 2019

The Young Adults Panel are a group of young people with Type 1 diabetes who share their thoughts and experiences with us to help shape our materials and campaigns.
Volunteer Spotlight - July 2019

Volunteer Spotlight - July 2019

The West Lothian Group are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. They have over 350 members and have launched a healthy lifestyle project in the local community.
Volunteer Spotlight - June 2019

Volunteer Spotlight - June 2019

Corinne has been volunteering for us for 7 years. In this time, she has got involved with her local support group in Milton Keynes, given countless talks and helped people to know their risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Volunteer Spotlight - May 2019

Volunteer Spotlight - May 2019

Dilys attended her first Type 1 Event with her family 26 years ago. She was inspired to volunteer and she is still helping at the events 20 years later.
Volunteer Spotlight - April 2019

Volunteer Spotlight - April 2019

Since he started volunteering in 2011, Mike has supported hundreds of people on our online support forum, given talks about his experience of having Type 1 diabetes and blogged about it too.
Volunteer Spotlight - March 2019

Volunteer Spotlight - March 2019

Since she started volunteering in 2010, Sandra has gone on to set up a network of local support groups, speak about her own experience of living with Type 1, help to improve services locally and raise awareness of diabetes in the South West.
Volunteer Spotlight - February 2019

Volunteer Spotlight - February 2019

After being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 37 years ago, Robert has since gone on to speak about his own experience and raise awareness of diabetes in Northern Ireland.
Volunteer Spotlight - January 2019

Volunteer Spotlight - January 2019

Chesterfield and North Derbyshire group celebrate 40 years together in supporting people living with diabetes in their area.
Volunteer Spotlight - December 2018

Volunteer Spotlight - December 2018

Bruce is a member of our Young Leaders Project in Scotland, and is the inventor of the T1 buddy system.
Volunteer Spotlight - November 2018

Volunteer Spotlight - November 2018

Rohit has worked with us for 5 years. He is a community champion, a member of the Type 2 research panel and volunteers at events throughout the UK. 
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