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Youth Peer Support Volunteering

We're pleased to launch our new Youth Peer Support Volunteering schemes

We're excited about three new volunteer leadership opportunities for 18-25s with type 1 diabetes across Scotland – all online while coronavirus restrictions remain in place. The following opportunities, together called Young, Fun and Type 1, are part of a National Lottery Funded peer support project.

Our current opportunities 

We have three new programmes to get involved with as Youth Peer Support volunteers.

Whichever programme you choose, you'll be given a full induction, training, development, and coaching. You don't need to have any prior experience of volunteering with us or any particular qualifications to take part.

We'll guide you throughout as you learn how to provide support and help to other young people 13-25 with type 1 diabetes across the country.  

What is peer support? 

These opportunities all make use of peer support.

Peer support is proven to be helpful for managing mental and physical health, meeting new people and building skills and confidence. It can take many forms – such as mentoring, buddying, group meetings or simply chatting about things that are bothering you with other people who are in the same boat.  

Dia-buddies 

Our Dia-Buddies scheme will provide 1-2-1 buddying for young people with type 1 diabetes in Glasgow.

We know that accessing clinics and managing your own health while working or studying can be stressful and sometimes overwhelming. Having a buddy can help with this.

A buddy is someone you can relate to, who can relate to you, and who can support you through some important and difficult things. We are currently looking for around 5 young people aged 18-25 in Glasgow who would be interested in becoming a buddy to one or two other young people.  

Dia-buddy Role Description (PDF, 447KB)

Community Young Leaders 

For our second opportunity we're looking at starting up five local youth groups across Glasgow, Ayrshire and Lothian.

We're hoping you'll use these groups to meet other young people in your area, share your experiences,  and take part in planned activities.

As a Community Young Leader, you'll be trained in how to run a conversation online, plan activities and speak about your own experiences. This will be a really fun and valuable opportunity for you to learn new things and meet new people – all while supporting people with type 1!

We're currently looking for two or three young people aged 18-25 in each area who want to take the lead for a group.

Community Young Leader Role Description (PDF, 448KB)

Digi-Know Connectors 

Our third opportunity aims to create and moderate a space online where young people with type 1 can come from across Scotland to ask and answer questions, have a chat in a relaxed setting and listen to spotlight talks. Spotlight talks are talks that young people can organise and attend on various topics relating to diabetes and life with it. These often involve professionals who can share their expertise.

Our Digi-Know Connectors opportunity will be a lot of fun and is a chance to pick up online moderation skills. You'll be supported to gain experience in starting and sustaining a conversation with a group of people and encouraging people to have fun and get involved.

We're currently looking for between eight and ten young people aged 18-25 from across Scotland to become Digi-Know Connectors.

Digi-Know Connector Role Description (PDF, 457KB)

Getting involved

If you're interested in any of the opportunities above, please email our Youth Coordinator at scotland@diabetes.org.uk with your name, age, which part of Scotland you're in and the opportunity that interests you!  

It's no problem if you're not sure which opportunity would suit you best yet. We're happy to talk through them with you and find a good fit.

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