My experience as a speaker volunteer
“Hi, I am a Speaker Scheme volunteer for Diabetes UK. We receive training to learn how to share information and healthy messages. I accept invitations to give awareness talks and set up my own talks. I’ve given talks at many places including churches, mosques, community places, schools, companies, medical practices and hospitals, health charities, sports clubs and many more! I give talks wherever I am called upon.
We support people living with diabetes by giving them the tools and knowledge to best manage their condition and to avoid complications in their future.
This role also supports people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by helping them to avoid diabetes or delay the onset of the condition. I talk about the signs and symptoms of diabetes and offer advice on healthy lifestyles. After my talks I also share informational materials to support the healthy messages I have given.
I like giving awareness talks for Diabetes UK because if I reach one person I will be really happy if they are able to avoid diabetes or learn how to better control the condition. Though, of course, we try to reach everyone! Giving talks is a very gratifying experience. This may also give a volunteer the opportunity to gain more public speaking practice and organisational experience when one arranges their own talks. Be confident - you can do it!”
If you’d like to join Diabetes UK’s Speaker Scheme and give awareness talks, you can find out more by firstname.lastname@example.org ringing 020 7424 1116.