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Healthcare professional volunteering

Our Type 1 Events are a unique experience for children and young people living with type 1 diabetes and their families. The events provide the time and space to build confidence managing type 1 - in a fun and safe environment. And the opportunity to share experiences with people who know exactly what life with type 1 is like. 

Family Weekenders offer a weekend away for children and young people with type 1 and their whole family - including siblings, parents and carers. You can find out everything you need to know about volunteering at a Family Weekender in our What to Expect guide

Summer Camps are residential camps designed to support children and young people with type 1, without their parents/carers. You can find out everything you need to know about volunteering at a Summer Camp in our What to Expect guide.

Volunteer with us and you'll be enhancing your professional practice by stepping away from clinic and gaining a unique understanding of what it's like to live with type 1. As well as learning more about the daily management of type 1, and seeing first-hand how your advice has a life-changing impact.

Our camps couldn't happen without healthcare professionals like you who volunteer their time and expertise.

Apply to be a volunteer

Hear first-hand from experienced healthcare professional volunteers

 

How you’ll benefit from volunteering

  • You’ll enhance your professional practice by gaining greater insight into the issues facing children, young people and families with their day-to-day type 1 diabetes management.
  • It's an unforgettable experience - you’ll leave knowing that your skills and experience have had a long-lasting and life-changing impact on the children, young people and their families.
  • You’ll network with other healthcare professionals with extensive type 1 experience.
  • You may be able to meet key requirements in your professional development.

What to expect

We explain everything you need to know about volunteering at a Family Weekender in our downloadable leaflet. You can also read dietitian Nusrat's experience of supporting children on a Type 1 Event.

“At every event I learn something new. I think that this would be the case for all healthcare professionals, however experienced in the field of diabetes. Working in a clinical setting is a different experience to a Type 1 Event. Volunteering can really open your eyes to some unexpected issues.”

Nusrat is a diabetes specialist dietitian and has volunteered at several Type 1 Events.

Who are we looking for?

Paediatric or adult diabetes specialist nurses

Qualified PDSN/DSN volunteers are needed to provide specialist knowledge, assist with insulin dose adjustment, carbohydrate counting and treating hypos. You must have sound knowledge of pump therapy, Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) and Flash. Your role on the event will be to provide diabetes care for individual children on the weekend when they are away from their parents.

Read the role description here for more information

Dietitians

Qualified dietitian volunteers are needed to assist with carbohydrate counting, treating hypos and ensuring any dietary requirements are met. You will be expected to oversee and provide expert advice on the nutritional management of children with type 1 diabetes.

Read the role description here for more information

Doctors

Diabetologists, consultants, registrars and GPs with a special interest in diabetes are needed to provide specialist knowledge, to help ensure the safe running of our events, including insulin dose adjustment. You'll also be the first point of call for any medical issues, both diabetes and non-diabetes related.

Read the role description here for more information

Psychologists

Qualified psychologist volunteers are needed to facilitate group discussions with children with type 1, their siblings and parents. This is in order to promote coping strategies and improve mental and emotional wellbeing.

Read the role description here for more information

Dates and locations

We're planning upcoming Family Weekenders and Summer Camps. If you're interested in volunteering at a Type 1 Events in the future, please apply online so we can keep you posted of new events as they're announced.

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