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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

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.

12 June 2020

This week we are delighted to launch our Befriender Scheme funded by the National Lottery Fund.

Staying connected and supporting people living with diabetes during these uncertain times is more important than ever.

09 April 2020

The Diabetes Network in Northern Ireland launch a temporary helpline and email service for people with diabetes.

We understand that is a very worrying time for all and we wanted to reassure you that our own helpline is still here to offer support and advice.

11 March 2020

Here, at Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, we're excited to announce the appointment of Tina McCrossan as our National Director. Tina will be based in the our offices in Lisburn and brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge of the charity and health sectors.

Tina, pictured, joins us an important time as latest figures indicate that there are now nearly 100,000 people diagnosed with diabetes in Northern Ireland, 90% of whom have t

06 March 2020

The Strabane Diabetes Support Group meeting is taking place on Wednesday 1st April at 8.00pm at the Fir Trees Hotel in Strabane. Come along to find out more about diabetes and meet with other people living with the condition.

The group will welcome Emma Meneely from Roche Pharmaceuticals to talk about the recent developments in blood sugar monitoring, and will be happy to answer questions on the subject.

06 March 2020

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland recently relocated to Lisburn Square House and welcomed Mayor, Cllr Alan Givan, to officially open their new offices.

The Mayor was also joined by Diabetes UK Chief Executive, Chris Askew, members of the local Lisburn Supporter Group and local political representatives including; Rt. Hon. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP, Pat Catney MLA, Paul Givan MLA and former Health Minister, Edwin Poots MLA.

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said, ‘I am delighted to welcome Diabetes UK Northern Ireland to Lisburn and know that they will enjoy being an integral part of this city.

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