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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

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.

Tina McCrossan, National Director for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, said: “Swimming is a fantastic way to help you get fit and healthy, have fun and set yourself a challenge.

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.

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

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.

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