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Volunteering on Type 1 Events

Type 1 Events refresh

We've made the decision to pause our Type 1 Events programme so we can carry out a refresh. This means we won’t be holding any events until 2019.

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Whether you're a healthcare professional or you have a close interest in diabetes, you can make a real difference to people living with Type 1 diabetes by volunteering on a Type 1 Event.

See what volunteering on a Type 1 Event is like: 


None of our Type 1 Events would happen without volunteers.

None of the laughs, silliness, fun or new friendships. None of the learning about diabetes. No moments when a child gains the confidence to inject for the first time or when a teenager realises they’re not the only one with Type 1.

To put on each event we need healthcare professionals and people with a close interest in diabetes to volunteer.

You're welcome to give whatever time you have – you can join us for a one-day event once a year, or for a whole summer of week-long holidays – the choice is yours.

Volunteers at our Type 1 Events have been giving children and teenagers the skills they need to look after their diabetes for over 80 years. You will help us build on that history when you volunteer at a Type 1 Event. 

"It is a humbling experience seeing children deal with their diabetes, grow in confidence and master new skills. As an adult with Type 1, watching a child who has recently been diagnosed take charge and deal with it is fantastic. I feel very privileged to have been a part of the process."

Children's Helper volunteer

What is volunteering on a Type 1 Event like?

Volunteering on our Type 1 Events is a unique experience. One day you may be flying from a zip wire and the next you might be making vegetable monsters and learning about healthy eating. You will leave tired but you will leave brimming with brilliant stories and the knowledge you’ve made a real difference to children, teenagers and families with Type 1.

Some of our Type 1 Events are at weekends while our summer programme includes week-long experiences. All of our volunteering opportunities are spread throughout the UK.

Although every event is different, their continuing success is down to the volunteers who offer their time, effort and expertise to help the children and their families who attend.

Volunteering on a Type 1 Event is great fun, a superb learning experience and a great opportunity to spend time with like-minded individuals. Every year there is something new to learn, and it has even helped me in obtaining my post as a consultant diabetologist.

Diabetes Consultant volunteer

What support do I receive?

We provide you with clear volunteer guidelines, role descriptions, training and individual support.

New volunteers are invited to a Volunteer Information Session where they will be given more information about Type 1 Events as well as a chance to see what it is like to volunteer on an event and meet other volunteers.

All volunteers will be supported before the event by the Diabetes UK Events Team and by a Volunteer Organiser during an event. Our Volunteer Organisers are hugely experienced and dedicated volunteers who know our Type 1 Events inside out.

Prior to each event, all volunteers are given event-specific training by the Volunteer Organiser. Sessions will include safeguarding, diabetes management, your role and the event and much more.

I'm a healthcare professional

Our Type 1 Events help people get to grips with diabetes so everyone leaves more confident about living with Type 1, having tried loads of new things and picked up plenty of tips.

Each event is only possible with a team of knowledgeable and experienced volunteers, including doctors, nurses and dietitians.Volunteering with us will help with your professional development and give you invaluable experience of diabetes away from clinic and appointments.

Join our team of volunteers and together we can make sure our events keep making a real difference to people with Type 1 diabetes.

Find out more about how you can help our Type 1 Events happen, and how we can support you in your career and revalidation.


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.

Diabetes Specialist Dietitian volunteer

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