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Advice for people with diabetes and their families

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Supporting people from minority ethnic backgrounds in Glasgow

Diabetes UK Scotland has successfully secured further funding to continue to support people from minority ethnic communities to reduce their risk of developing diabetes and to self manage and live well with diabetes. 

In the next two years we will be:

Working with South Asian families

South Asians living in the UK have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and will possibly develop diabetes at an earlier age, with a higher risk of developing diabetes complications.

Our previous work has shown that people feel the need to have a support network outside the NHS that can help them manage the day-to-day challenges of living with this increasingly complex condition.

In tight-knit communities, the family unit is the core care giver / support structure for an individual. We will therefore work directly with families to support them with information, culturally relevant lifestyle messages, work alongside them to set goals, and give them the confidence to be able to better support their family member(s) with diabetes while reducing their own risk of developing the condition.

The families project is funded by the IMPACT fund through the Health and Social Care ALLIANCE Scotland. 

Supporting older people from BAME communities

Funded by the Transformation Fund, Glasgow City Reshaping Care Partnership, this project will work with members of Glasgow’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities over the age of 65, using our Type 2 Diabetes and Me online learning resource as a way to engage people. The project will support older people to better understand diabetes and manage the condition confidently, enjoying a better quality of life with fewer diabetes complications – thereby living healthier for longer. 

Involving volunteers

Volunteers have been an integral part of our work so far, and we hope to have more volunteer opportunities coming up in the near future. So watch this space! 

For further information contact Prajapa.seneviratne@diabetes.org.uk.

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