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Scotland youth peer support - Information for participants

Aged 13-24 and have type 1 diabetes?

Want to meet new people and get support from your peers?

Join us to connect, support and share!

Diabetes Scotland have launched a new peer support project for young people aged 13-24 across Scotland. By being part of this project you will get the opportunity to:

  • Meet new people.
  • Learn from other people’s experiences.
  • Connect with people across Scotland.
  • And have some fun!

We have three different opportunities currently all being delivered by trained peer support volunteers all with type 1 aged 18-24. These include:

  • 1-2-1 buddying: get connected with a buddy who you can chat with one-on-one about issues you may have, things you want to know more about, and anything else diabetes-related. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is transitioning from a children's clinic to an adult clinic, who is starting university and leaving home for the first time, or anyone who just needs a bit more support around their diabetes from someone who can understand and empathise.
  • Local group support: through this opportunity our trained peer support volunteers will bring a group of people together from a local community, provide a space for you to chat, share experiences, learn from each other, and have some fun. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone looking to meet more people with type 1, anyone who wants to chat to a group about issues and learn from each other and anyone who wants to try new things. Activities in this opportunity may include quizzes, talks from special guests, film screenings, games, drop-in coffee and chat, and other fun activities that you want to get involved in.
  • National discussion group: This opportunity is an exciting approach to peer support. Through this opportunity we will be connecting you with people from across Scotland to chat about general issues that people with type 1 diabetes can face. Our trained peer supporters will be moderating conversation, discussion and debate around issues and experiences people with diabetes experience today in Scotland. This would be great for anyone who is interested in sharing experiences and connecting with people through topics and discussion.  

All of our opportunities will be delivered online using Discord currently while local restrictions are in place. We will hold in-person and face-to-face events when possible.

We asked our current volunteers about why they think you should come and join the project and what they are most excited to get to do, here’s what two of them had to say:

Ella Booth: 

“It’s a great opportunity to meet others that truly understand the difficulties that us type ones face on a daily basis. Especially for a condition that is invisible, it can be rather isolating.

“I wish I had this project when I was newly diagnosed, speaking to other young diabetics has helped me immensely in my confidence with dealing with my diabetes and also allowed me to ask them about their experiences of growing up and moving away from home with diabetes.

“I’m most excited about meeting other young diabetics wanting to help make a difference and hopefully having a positive impact on people who join the project.”

 

Jamie Morrison

“Meet other diabetics! And discuss topics that will help you gain better control, with others that have a similar perspective in a judgment free area!”

Fill in our form to sign up or get more information or get in touch with our Youth Coordinator, Iain, at Iain.French@diabetes.org.uk.

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