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Local support groups

Find your local Diabetes UK group

Diabetes UK has active support groups working locally all over the United Kingdom.

Groups typically meet once a month, but they often also take part in many other activities such as fundraising, campaigning and raising awareness.

Find your nearest group

About Diabetes UK support groups

Adjusting to the knowledge that you or a family member has diabetes takes time and it is often helpful to meet other people who have been through a similar situation. They can offer understanding, help and support at an important time.

Local diabetes support and information

A good way of finding this help is to join a local support group – a Diabetes UK group. These groups offer people living with diabetes a chance to meet and share experiences with others. They are all run by volunteers and typically meet on a monthly basis, often with a speaker on a topic like diet or exercise.

"Talking to people through the group has helped. I'm the sort of person who wants to help other people and I feel very strongly that the more knowledge people have, the better they can cope."

Shona Freeborn, carer for her husband who has Type 1 diabetes and runs a local support group.

Campaigning, activities and events

As well providing support and information, Diabetes UK groups also get involved in:

  • fundraising
  • campaigning to improve local diabetes services
  • planning social events and outings
  • running awareness-raising activities.

Parents, children and young people

There are also some specialist groups – for parents, children and young people with diabetes.

Are you aged 13-25 years old and living with type 1 diabetes? Do you know someone who is? Find out about the Our Lives, Our Voices projects in Northern Ireland and Scotland and how you can get involved. These projects are led by young people for young people so find out more and get involved today.

Need medical advice?

Please note that Diabetes UK groups cannot give medical advice. They can only talk about diabetes from their own experiences. If you need medical advice, please contact your local diabetes specialist nurse, or local diabetes centre.

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