If you have a story to tell or are organising an event, please email the Northern Ireland team at n.ireland@diabetes.org.uk.

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 n.ireland@diabetes.org.uk.

16 November 2021
  • Over half of people we surveyed said they had difficulties managing their diabetes during the pandemic.
  • A quarter of people who responded had an appointment relating to their diabetes cancelled since March 2020. These have still not taken place.
  • Just under half of people who responded (42%) said they experienced poor mental health because of their diabetes during the pandemic
  • Diabetes UK estimates there are 376,000 people in Northern Ireland at increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

15 November 2021

Despite all the challenges of the last 18 months, The Key charity shop in Larne has exceeded all expectations in their efforts to help raise much-needed funds for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland.


14 November 2021

The Coleraine Diabetes UK Support Group is marking World Diabetes Day on Sunday 14 November with an impressive donation of £7,000.

Throughout the pandemic, the Coleraine group adapted to new ways of reaching more people to offer their peer support by going online. This means they've been able to welcome more members to their group.

Alastair Smith, the Secretary of the group, said: “The pandemic has highlighted how tough it is to live with diabetes.

02 September 2021

Over the last year, coronavirus has had a huge impact on all our lives, and we know people with diabetes have been particularly affected. 

16 August 2021

People from Northern Ireland can get on their bike and raise vital funds for Diabetes UK this autumn by taking part in a cycling challenge.

The UK Wide Cycle Ride runs throughout September and is a perfect opportunity to take your fitness up a gear while raising money for diabetes research along the way.

28 June 2021

People from Northern Ireland are being invited to dive into a sponsored swimming challenge and raise vital funds for Diabetes UK.

Swim22 runs between 22 July and 22 October and involves swimming a total of 22 miles – the equivalent of crossing the English Channel. Participants can take on the challenge at their own pace, accumulating the miles across the course of the 12 weeks.

All funds raised will go towards Diabetes UK’s work in funding life-saving research and making sure everyone living with diabetes gets the care and support they need.

23 June 2021

People in Northern Ireland are being invited to step it up this summer and raise vital funds for Diabetes UK.

The One Million Step Challenge is ideal for anyone who rediscovered their love of walking in the great outdoors during the pandemic, or anyone looking for a way to get more active as lockdown restrictions are eased.

The challenge is simple – you take one million steps over the course of three months and get sponsored for every stride.

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.

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