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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

16 June 2021

Kornel Wach, from Omagh, is just 9 years old and bravely getting his hair cut off to raise money for his local diabetes support group this Diabetes Week.

Four years ago Kornel and his family were given the news that he had type 1 diabetes and life as they knew it was about to change.

14 June 2021

This Diabetes Week, Diabetes UK Northern Ireland is shining a spotlight on mental health and its relationship with diabetes. Diabetes is relentless and for people living with the condition their physical health and mental health go hand in hand. As part of this awareness, we want to talk about the added pressure of living through the menopause while also living with diabetes.

The charity is hosting events throughout Diabetes Week to tackle the stigma and misunderstanding of issues such as disordered eating and how diabetes affects women going through t

05 June 2021

Diabetes Week 2021 will be happening from 14 - 20 June. This year, we’ll be telling #DiabetesStories from all corners of the UK. In Northern Ireland, we have three exciting sessions lined up that we think you'll be interested in.

We're really excited about Diabetes Week this year and hope that you will join with us as we celebrate, highlight, discuss and debate all things diabetes. We have had a busy year and you've told us what really matters to you.

24 May 2021

Diabetes UK is urging healthcare professionals who are committed to transforming care for people living with diabetes in their community to apply to be a part of the inspiring Clinical Champions leadership programme.

The programme is a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to develop their personal leadership capabilities and unlock potential in themselves and others to create real transform

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

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."

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.

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

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