The 65 per cent increase in cases of Type 2 diabetes in the last 10 years has been driven by the nation’s expanding waistline. Our Know Your Risk volunteers, like Spencer, help as many people as possible be aware of their risk of Type 2 diabetes - and what they can do to reduce it.
What attracted you to start volunteering?
I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 9 years ago, and saw an advert in my local paper for Know Your Risk volunteers. As part of my role, I carried out risk assessments in the Cornwall area helping the public to find out how great their risk was of developing Type 2 diabetes and what lifestyle changes they can make to reduce this. I also attended various public events, and worked closely with the NHS.
What do you enjoy most about your volunteering role
Working with the South West volunteering team. It's like being part of a huge family.
What difference has volunteering made to you?
I've definitely gained new skills – as part of my role I helped train a number of other Know Your Risk volunteers. There was one young volunteer in particular who was studying for his healthcare degree at the same time. He approached me and asked if he could put me down as a reference, which really moved me.
What do you enjoy most about your volunteering role?
I am a sociable person so I enjoy speaking to other people, meeting new faces and encouraging people to find out their risk. I have also met some other wonderful volunteers throughout my volunteer journey.
What would you say to someone thinking of volunteering with us?
Go for it! You won't regret it.