People with diabetes in Scotland are encouraged to join new online groups run by Diabetes Scotland while they are staying at home and following social distancing measures.
We have over 30 local groups across Scotland which offer support to people living with diabetes. Of course, not everyone can attend a group, especially now as we’re advised against all but essential trips out of our homes because of coronavirus.
That’s why Diabetes Scotland has introduced digital support groups where people can come together in a weekly online video chat. The discussions are supported by two facilitators but everyone is encouraged to speak, share their experiences and ask questions. The idea is to bring together people going through similar experiences to offer each other support and friendship, all from the safety of your own home.
Groups are kept small to allow conversation to flow more easily. Catering for demand, we aim to offer different groups for people of different ages living with, or caring for someone with, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and parents and carers of children with type 1 diabetes.
Allan Kirkwood, Volunteer Development Manager, said:
“We had already planned to introduce digital peer support groups this year but due to social distancing measures we brought our launch forward. Many people at home are feeling isolated and, if you’re also managing a long-term condition like diabetes, it can be even more challenging.
Whether you’re living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or are caring for someone who is, you are very welcome to join our new digital groups.”
Groups meet over Zoom. Anyone who is interested in joining should email email@example.com to be invited to a group and given instructions on how to access Zoom. You do not need to register for a Zoom account.