Working with her local community to set up support groups
Phyllis has been volunteering for the last 18 months as a Group Support Volunteer. Having been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes for 46 years, she got involved with Diabetes UK to help others and increase awareness and understanding within her community.
What's the best thing about volunteering?
I very much enjoy being part of the team of volunteers within the Midlands group, and have met some lovely and very dedicated people. Roy Bustin (Volunteer Coordinator for East Midlands) in particular has been extremely helpful. It makes a huge difference in sharing with team members and volunteers what it’s like living with diabetes, whether Type 1 or Type 2 and the effect on one’s life.
What impact has volunteering had on you and/or your local community?
I helped set up a local diabetes group in South Derbyshire, having met with the Swadlincote CVS and have been attending other local groups in Burton and Derby in order to establish contacts within these local communities too.
What would you say to someone thinking about volunteering?
I would encourage anyone who is thinking of volunteering for Diabetes UK to pick up the phone. It's a great way to be involved with other people living with diabetes and be supported and part of a team that ultimately makes one feel less alone in dealing with diabetes. Many thanks to Diabetes UK, it has been a great 18 months and I look forward to continuing my volunteering role.
Find out more about becoming a Group Support Volunteer.