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Advice for people with diabetes and their families

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Start a new Diabetes UK group

No Diabetes UK group in your area? Why not think about starting a group?

Diabetes UK groups are at the heart of our mission to improve the lives of people living with diabetes and to work towards a future without the condition. If you decide to set up a Diabetes UK group, you will be joining a network of nearly 400 groups, all run by volunteers, dedicated to improving the lives of people with diabetes in their local area.

Groups for all ages

We have groups for adults with diabetes as well as groups for children and young people with diabetes.

All the support you need

Diabetes UK is committed to supporting its group network. Your regional or national office are there to provide you with all the support you need to set up and run your group.

We offer:

  • a range of resources to support you to run your group 
  • local training and networking opportunities
  • discounts on Diabetes UK publications
  • cover through our public liability insurance
  • free safeguarding advice, training and criminal records checks.

We've also got more resources about starting up a local group. 

Hard work – but rewarding

Running a group can be hard work but it can also be a very rewarding experience. You can focus on things that interest you – whether that's fundraising, awareness-raising, campaigning or offering support. Some groups are small and informal, some are large groups – and there's everything in between.

If you are interested in a setting up a group, please contact your local volunteering team

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