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Volunteering - Northern Ireland

Help make a difference to the lives of the estimated 100,000 people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland.

Our volunteers are at the heart of Diabetes UK Northern Ireland. Without this support, Diabetes UK could not carry out its vital work in research, education and care.

Our volunteers bring skills, experience, energy, enthusiasm and commitment to Diabetes UK. Volunteering can also make a difference in your life too, letting you meet new people, learn new skills and have fun.

New exciting volunteer opportunities

Become a research volunteer




Northern Ireland boasts extensive diabetes-related research and often researchers will get in touch with us to involve people living with the condition in their work. 


Dr Richard Metcalfe, Lecturer in Exercise and Health at Ulster University in Magee, would like to research how different types of exercise affects blood glucose levels and asks for men living with Type 2 diabetes, aged 18-60, not on insulin therapy or more than two anti-diabetic drugs to volunteer for this interesting piece of work.

On completion of the study you would receive a small cash payment of £100 and travel expenses would be covered. If this sounds like something you would be interested in then please email Dr Metcalfe call 028 7167 5037.

Belfast Mela - August 2017




We are delighted to announce that we will have an information stand at this year'sBelfast Mela, taking place from 27 August 2017 at Botanic Gardens, Belfast.


If you would like to join our volunteer team at the Mela, help deliver risk assessments for Type 2 diabetes, as well as enjoy the sights and sounds of a wonderful weekend then pleaseemail our NI volunteering team. Hope you can join us!

Become a Millennium Volunteer

Millennium Volunteershas been designed to be as simple as possible and to work around you and your studies, job, hobbies and anything else you’ve got going on – you also get to volunteer where you like, as often as you like and in as many places as you like.

As part of the Millennium Volunteers programme you get a certificate backed by Diabetes UK and the Department of Education after you complete your first 50, 100 and 200 hours of volunteering which along with the support and training you will receive from us, means you will get something that looks fantastic on your CV or UCAS application, as the programme is endorsed by employers and universities.





#iwillis a national campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many 10-20 years as possible by 2020. Through collaboration and partnership it is spreading the word about the benefits of youth social action, working to embed it in the journey of young people and create fresh opportunities for participation.  They have set themselves the very challenging target of making social action a habit in the lives of young people. 



The idea behind the campaign is to empower young people to become involved in their communities as well as building their character strengths and employability skills. Diabetes UK Northern Ireland would be delighted to hear from you if you or your school/college are interested in this is exciting campaign. 

Call Jade today on 9066 6646.




The objective of the Ulster EDGE Award is to provide a wide range of activities that will support students in developing their employability alongside and complementary to their academic programme. Diabetes UK Northern Ireland would be delighted for you to volunteer with us so call Jade today on 9066 6646.


The EDGE Award

TheUlster EDGE Awardis an award that students complete alongside their degree through the completion of developmental extra-curricular activities. 

For employers it provides a great opportunity to engage students in activities that will enhance their reputation and visibility. 

Many students volunteer externally with not-for-profit organisations such as a community group or registered charity public sector body. Students must complete at least 30 hours volunteering to qualify for the EDGE Award.

Further volunteering opportunities

  • Media volunteers
  • Campaigning our local MLAs and MPs
  • Becoming involved in your local Voluntary Group
  • Events volunteers help raise awareness of diabetes and Diabetes UK at events such as roadshows at local towns, health stands at big events such as the Belfast Mela and Balmoral Show, conferences and fundraising events such as the Belfast Marathon (cheering points). Volunteers would also be contacted to help with one-off events for which assistance is required.
  • In order to improve services for people living with diabetes, Diabetes UK Northern Ireland would like to hear from you so your experiences of diabetes care in your area.
  • Diabetes UK Northern Ireland like to distribute literature to every hospital clinic in Northern Ireland. If think you could help by distributing information to your local hospital please contact the office on 028 9066 6646.
  • Group Support and Development Volunteer

Volunteering for Healthcare Professionals

There are various ways you can volunteer with Diabetes UK Northern Ireland. If you're a healthcare professional you can help by volunteering your services for ourCare Eventsor by giving talks to our voluntary groups through our Speaker Scheme.

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