We're looking for volunteers from across the North East of England to support people living with diabetes during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Diabetes UK North East Befriending Circle is a peer support scheme being rolled out across the region to help provide emotional and social support remotely.
Trained volunteers will be paired via phone or email with people with living with diabetes in the North East. The idea is to bring together people going through similar experiences so they can offer each other support and friendship, all from the safety of their own homes. The charity hopes the scheme, which is based on one set up by us in Cumbria last year, will continue once the restrictions around Covid-19 are lifted.
Some volunteers have already been recruited and we're keen to hear from anyone else interested in helping. It is hoped the scheme will be up and running soon.
Clare Howarth, Head of the North of England at Diabetes UK, said: “Our Cumbria Befriending Circle has been operating for a year and has proved a great success. The plan is to adapt this model and roll it out across the North East. At the moment, we are looking for volunteers who would be willing to help. They need to either have diabetes themselves or be living with someone with diabetes.
"We know that managing diabetes can be overwhelming for some and the befriending circle is a way of bringing people with similar experiences together, during what is a difficult time.”
There are more than 500,000 people living with diabetes in the Northern & Yorkshire region, in addition to 35,000 in Teeside and almost 52,000 in Tyneside.
We'd like to hear from anyone from Northumberland, County Durham or Tyne & Wear who would be interested volunteering for the scheme. If you're interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07885 557010 for further information.