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Speaker Scheme Volunteers - Eastern region

Our speaker scheme volunteers are a network of volunteer speakers trained and supported by Diabetes UK. Their role is to raise awareness about diabetes and the work of Diabetes UK to groups in their local area.

Who would I talk to?

Our speakers give talks to a wide range of people, from community groups to local companies or council committees. Occasionally Diabetes UK will contact you to tell you about someone in your area who is interested in having a speaker, but more usually you will be giving talks to groups in your local area who you have approached yourself.

When do talks take place?

This will vary, as you could be speaking at lunchtime to employees of a local company, giving an evening talk to the Women's Institute, or a presentation on a Saturday morning to parents at a kids' club. You can fit the talks into your existing commitments and decide when you are available and who you are going to be speaking to.

What training do you provide?

All speaker scheme volunteers will need to attend a training day to learn more about diabetes and Diabetes UK. The training days happen regularly throughout the year, but your local volunteering team can tell you more about what training is available and when. There is no medical training, and you will not be qualified to give medical advice about diabetes.

How to get involved:

Simply download the application form (Word 58KB) androle description (Word 103KB). Fill out the application form and sign to show you have read the Speaker Scheme Volunteer role description and return it to the Volunteer Development Team.

If you have any questions about becoming a Speaker Scheme Volunteer with Diabetes UK, contact the Volunteer Development Team on 01376 505241 or email

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