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Volunteer Spotlight

October 2021

Tony has been supporting communities across Manchester for over 40 years. Whether it’s accompanying someone to a doctor’s appointment or taking a neighbour who struggles with isolation and loneliness out for a pint, for Tony it’s about making those connections to help people and communities to thrive.

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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 andDiabetes 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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