Our volunteers 'Make a Difference' by giving their time to support Diabetes UK and this is what we wanted to celebrate at this year’s North West Volunteer Conference. Saturday 13 February was the day and Liverpool Football Club was the setting for this fantastic and enjoyable event.
Colette Marshall, Diabetes UK Director of Operations, opened the
event highlighting the charity’s national successes followed later in the day by the North West team who talked about our local achievements and ambitions for the coming year.
Our guest researcher, Dr Dan Cuthbertson, gave an interesting insight into his project which focuses on the importance of physical activity to general health and for those living with type 2 diabetes. This was a lively session sparking lots of interesting questions and discussion.
Workshops also ran throughout the day offering delegates the opportunity to find out more about –
- Campaigning for Local Groups
- How to become a Service Champion
- Type 1 Services
- Type 2 Prevention Work
Alongside the workshops we offered a ‘Market Place’ where delegates could choose to relax, network, debate different issues or visit the variety of information stands which included guests from the Stroke Association, Abbott Diabetes Care, Menarini, Action for Blind People and Help Beat Diabetes.
Volunteer, Ken Herbert, said “I found there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere with time to network with fellow volunteers and share experiences or attend a workshop. It was encouraging and nice to know you are appreciated.”
The day ended on a high with the presentation of the Inspire Awards by Stephen Ryan, Head of the North and Colette Marshall. These awards recognise volunteers and their invaluable contribution to Diabetes UK.
Final words from Stuart Vaughan, Volunteer Development Manager included a huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers for their hard work, support and commitment over the past year, whilst looking ahead to even more successes in 2016.