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Advice for people with diabetes and their families

If you have a story to tell or are organising an event, please email the Northern Ireland team at

Raising awareness of diabetes is a key part of our work and getting our voice heard across Northern Ireland so we are always looking for media case studies. If you would like to be a media volunteer then please get in touch at

23 February 2021

Teenager Lavena McStocker has spoken of how her emotional health has been transformed thanks to an online Wellbeing programme run by Diabetes UK NI's youth project Our Lives, Our Voices.

Lavena, 14, has gone from someone who struggled to cope with her diabetes to someone who now confidently talks to over one hundred student nurses about living with the condition. Thanks to her involvement in the Our Lives, Our Voices and its Wellbeing programme, made possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund NI, she now plans to become a specialist diabetes psychologist to help others.

A schoolgirl who struggled to cope with her diabetes plans to become a psychologist to help others thanks to an inspirational Wellbeing programme run by

17 February 2021

Our Northern Ireland National Director, Tina McCrossan, has now been with us for a year. She marks her first anniversary by reflecting on her team's accomplishments. In particular, Tina looks at how the unique challenges of the last 12 months have been tackled head-on, so that she and her team have been able to keep supporting people with diabetes.

What a difference a year makes! I can hardly believe that February 17, 2021 marks exactly a year since my first day at Diabetes UK NI.

17 February 2021

A mother living with diabetes credits Echo, her gorgeous golden retriever, and an online peer support group for helping her get better from coronavirus.

Wendy Smith, from East Belfast, contracted the virus last October and is still experiencing its effects, with a loss of taste and smell.

“Having type 1 diabetes, I was very worried about contracting Covid-19."

10 February 2021

A retired nurse is encouraging others living with diabetes to pick up the phone and use our Befriender Service, here at Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, to combat loneliness during the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Volunteer Roberta McCullough is providing a friendly, listening ear to local people living with diabetes who are feeling anxious, isolated or missing socialising with others due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Roberta, Secretary of the Ballynahinch Diabetes UK NI Support Group, said; “We know that many people living with diabetes will be mi

02 February 2021

Do you want an opportunity to change the lives and futures of people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland? Then our Diabetes Care Improvement Ambassador role could be for you. 

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland is working harder than ever to make sure people with diabetes have access to the services and care they deserve.

10 December 2020

Two groups of volunteers, who have tirelessly raised awareness about diabetes, have jointly won a volunteering Inspire Award.

Coleraine Diabetes UK NI Support Group and Coleraine Diabetes UK NI Parents’ Support Group won the

09 December 2020

A teenager who has helped give a voice to young people living with type 1 diabetes has won a volunteering award at our annual Inspire Awards.

Lavena McStocker, 14, from Moneyglass, won the Young People’s Outstanding Contribution accolade. The awards recognise dedicated volunteers and health professionals who campaign to improve the quality of care available to people with diabetes.

04 December 2020

A dietitian has won an Unsung Hero award from Diabetes UK NI for her longstanding dedication in helping people living with diabetes.

Lesley Hamilton, Diabetes Network Manager at the Western Health and Social Care Trust, won a Unsung Hero Inspire Award for her work to educate patients and staff on diabetes.

03 December 2020

A consultant who helped a patient deal with their eating disorder as they struggled to manage their diabetes has received an Unsung Hero award at our annual Inspire Awards.

Dr Neil Black, a consultant at Western Health and Social Care Trust, won a Diabetes UK NI Inspire gong for going ‘above and beyond’ for his patients living with diabetes.

07 August 2020

The Diabetes Network for Northern Ireland is seeking people living with diabetes to help them shape diabetes services.

The Diabetes Network for Northern Ireland is led by the Health and Social Care Board in partnership with the Public Health Agency and Diabetes UK Northern Ireland.

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