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Our Family Weekender is a life-changing experience for children and young people with Type 1 diabetes and their family.

Book your place on a Family Weekender

Family Weekenders

As a parent or carer you’ll know that Type 1 diabetes affects the whole family. You’ll have had hard days followed by late night tests, scary readings and moments of joy and relief. So will all the other families on our Type 1 Family Weekender.

You and your family will be supported by our volunteers, including healthcare professionals, and meet other families who understand everyday life with Type 1.

Our weekends are for the whole family, including parents, carers, siblings or grandparents - we encourage everyone to come along. You can find more details in what to expect on a Family Weekender (PDF, 2.5MB).

Family Weekenders are held at different locations and dates throughout the year.

"We felt stronger, braver and more in control. We didn't want the weekend to end."
Alex, parent

Support for your child

For most of the weekend your child (and any brothers and sisters), will be looked after by our trained volunteers, including healthcare professionals and people living with Type 1 diabetes. They’ll meet other children and young people with Type 1, and take part in a range of fun-filled activities, such as archery or rock climbing. There’ll also be some informal time spent learning a little more about diabetes and a session especially for siblings without diabetes.

We have a crèche for zero- to four-year-olds, with or without Type 1. It has its own activities, including nap times.

Support for you

Safe in the knowledge that your child/children are being well cared for, you’ll have time to relax and meet other parents and our volunteers who understand exactly what you’re going through. You'll also have the opportunity to quiz our experts on all things diabetes. And you can let us know if there's anything you particularly want to cover.

You'll even have a child-free dinner and a break from thinking about carb counting – we've got that covered.

"For the first time we met lots of other families. We could relate to their experiences, exchange tips and support one another."
Donna, parent

Read Donna's story about a Family Weekender

What age children can I bring?

We have Family Weekenders aimed at children with diabetes:

  • Aged 0–11
  • Aged 11–17
  • Aged 0–17

Siblings of any age are welcome to come along to any event and get fully involved.

Dates and locations

These are the dates of our 2019 events. If you're interested in our Family Weekender events taking place in 2020, complete this form and we'll get in touch later in the year.

  • Friday 4 October to Sunday 6 October 2019 – Belfast
    (Age range 0–17years).
  • Friday 1 November to Sunday 3 November 2019 – Winchester
    (Age range 11–17 years).
  • Friday 8 November to Sunday 10 November 2019 – Glasgow
    (Age range 0–16 years).

All events start at 5pm on Friday and finish after lunch on Sunday.

Who looks after my child during the weekend?

We know how important it is that your child is well looked after. At our events they’re in experienced hands, so you can get the most out of the parents' programme.

Our team of trained and committed volunteers are on hand to support your child and keep them safe. There are healthcare professional volunteers, including doctors, nurses and dietitians at every event, and also general volunteers, many of whom have Type 1 themselves. They'll work with your child to make sure they understand what is happening to their blood glucose levels and how to manage their diabetes.

Meals and drinks

All meals (from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday) are provided. Snacks, soft drinks and refreshments are also included.

If your child or anyone in your family has a dietary requirement, our lead dietitian will be in touch before the event to get more details.

Cost of the weekend

Our Family Weekender costs:

  • Adult (18 and over): £140
  • Child (under 18): £90

The price includes two nights' accommodation, meals, snacks, soft drinks and all of your children’s activities. We subsidise our weekends to keep the cost as low possible.

Once we’ve accepted your application, you’ll need to pay a 20% deposit to confirm your place. The full balance will be due 40 days before the event.

You’re able to pay in a number of ways:

  • In instalments in amounts and time frames best for you.
  • All in one go upon confirmation of your place.
  • With funding from a third party, such as your local Diabetes UK voluntary group, hospital, local education authority, social services or charitable group.
  • By using a combination of your own funding and third party funding.

If you require financial assistance, we have a limited number of funded places available. Find out how you can apply.

What to expect on a Family Weekender (PDF, 2.5MB)

Book your place on a Family Weekender

Launching in 2020

We’re expanding our new programme and working on an event for children and young people to come on their own. We want to make this a successful and safe experience to remember. We’ll update you with our exciting event when it’s ready – or fill in our form and we'll let you know what's happening.

If you have any questions, please contact us at Type1Events@diabetes.org.uk or call us on 0345 1232 399.

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