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Volunteering - Northern Ireland

Are you interested in helping your local community? You can help us make a difference to the lives of the estimated 108,000 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 support.

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!

Exciting volunteer opportunities

Befriender Scheme

During lockdown our Befriender Scheme grew as we all tried to deal with isolation and loneliness, especially when managing diabetes. Now we are out of lockdown but we can all still feel isolated, so our Befriender Scheme is still going strong. We have fantastic volunteers who call people who just want a chat with someone who understands life with diabetes. So if you'd like to get involved, we would love to hear from you.

To find out a bit more about it, listen to Dawn and her experience of the Befriender Scheme.

Health Promotion Volunteer

Do you want a fun and flexible way to volunteer? We need help at events all over Northern Ireland, so if you have some time to spare, this could be the role for you.

As a health promotion volunteer, you will be working with Diabetes UK staff, talking to members of the public, raising awareness of diabetes and handing out information.

The events range from stands in shopping centres, community centres, to big events such as the Balmoral Show and Belfast Mela. You don't need any previous knowledge or experience about diabetes or Diabetes UK. We give you all of the information and support that you need.

Speaker Scheme Volunteer

As a speaker scheme volunteer, you will give talks and presentations to local community groups and companies to raise awareness of type 1 and 2 diabetes.

As part of the role you will attend speaker volunteer training session with the Northern Ireland Volunteer Team to learn more about diabetes, the work we do and help develop your presentation skills.

Our speaker scheme volunteers are a network of volunteer speakers trained and supported by Diabetes UK. You can fit the talks into your existing commitments and decide when you are available and who you would like to deliver the talks to.

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 our Type 1 Events or by giving talks to our voluntary groups through our Speaker Scheme.

There are new opportunities all the time so please get in contact with the team to find out more.


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