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Making Change Happen

Diabetes Scotland continues a series of grassroots events calling for local action to tackle the defining health crisis of our time.

With almost 300,000* people living with diabetes in Scotland and over 500,000 at risk of developing type 2, the condition is the defining health crisis of our time. Grassroots action, we believe, is vital to making change happen and a new series of events aims to show how we can make a positive difference together. 

Coinciding with the opening of a new portrait exhibition illustrating the variety of people affected by diabetes, the first Diabetes in Scotland – Making Change Happen event took place at the Lochgelly Centre in Fife on Saturday 9 February. 

Angela Mitchell, National Director of Diabetes Scotland said:

“If you live with diabetes yourself, care for someone with the condition, or have strong links to diabetes then our Diabetes in Scotland – Making Change Happen events are for you. We want to hear your concerns, share our priorities for 2019 and discuss ways you can get involved in helping make change happen.

“The success of our Flash Glucose Monitoring campaign – which resulted in the life-changing technology rolled out on prescription across Scotland – shows what we can achieve together.

“We want to ensure everyone has access to the right technology. We want better emotional and psychological support. We want to prevent people developing type 2 diabetes in the first place and, wherever possible, help people with type 2 into remission. We also want to fund more research into better treatments and ultimately a cure.

“We hope that everyone who shares our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm will come along to these events to tell us their concerns and find out how their support and positive action can make change happen.”

Further Making Change Happen events are planned as follows:

10.30am on Friday 15 March in the Spectrum Centre, Inverness

1pm on Saturday 16 March in the Brora Village Hub, Sutherland

1.30pm on Saturday 30 March in the Touchbase Business Centre, Sense Scotland, 43 Middlesex Street, Glasgow 

and later in other venues, to be confirmed, across Scotland.

In tandem with the series of events, Diabetes Scotland’s 25th anniversary portrait exhibition runs until 4 May at the Lochgelly Centre.

The exhibition features photographs of people with diabetes, or affected by the condition, reflecting on the many challenges they face. Most people in the collection have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Others have neither but are profoundly affected by the condition their loved ones have to manage every day of their lives.

The aim is to illustrate the sheer variety of people - all ages and backgrounds - among the 300,000 in Scotland who live with the condition and convey the impact diabetes has on thousands more.

*In the most recent figures available, there were 298,504 people diagnosed with diabetes in Scotland recorded on local diabetes registers at the end of 2017. Of this total, 31,447 had type 1 diabetes, 263,271 had type 2 diabetes and a further 3,786 had other types of diabetes such as Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY), gestational diabetes and secondary diabetes.

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