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Volunteer opportunities

Make change happen 

Our volunteers play a vital role supporting people in their local communities and beyond. They bring people together, organise and host meetings, invite guest speakers, start open and honest discussions; they offer friendship, emotional support, raise awareness and help others find the right information. Together, they make a very real difference to the people they support, and by volunteering with Diabetes UK, you can too.    

Whether you're out and about in your local community or in the comfort of your own home, if you have lots of time or just a minutes to spare, we have a huge range of roles where you can use your skills and gain new ones, make new friends and make change happen for people with diabetes,  

You can find the list of current South West volunteer vacancies, read about the roles we have available and apply through our online Assemble application platform: 

Volunteering Opportunities | Diabetes UK Volunteering

If you would like to chat with a member of the volunteering team about which role would suit you best, please get in touch 01823 448260  

Further information: our roles 

Lead online peer support facilitator volunteers

Our volunteer led group peer support is different from services provided by professionals. We do not try to find solutions to every problem or give medical or clinical advice. Peer support is about giving people a time and place where they can hear from others in a similar situation and make the best and most informed choices for them. You will need to be a good listener, non-judgemental and confident to lead discussions. If you do not want to lead discussions, you can still support a peer group by becoming a co-host.  

Local group volunteer roles

Across the south west we have local groups led by volunteers who bring people together, offering support and friendship. You our list of South West local groups to find your nearest group. 

Group chair

Are you a leader and passionate about making a difference in your local area? Join one of our support groups and help bring people together to have a chat about diabetes. As Chair, you will play a pivotal role, working closely with a team of committee members to run public meetings and events where people can find out more, share experiences and feel they are not alone with their diabetes. 

Group secretary

As Secretary you will play an essential role in putting together the group meetings and events for the year, booking speakers and welcoming new members. The groups are a place where people can find out more and share their experiences of living with diabetes. 

Group treasurer

As Treasurer you will oversee the group's finances and spending in line with the Local Group Spending Policy. Working with committee members to help the group develop and welcoming new members. The groups are a place where people can find out more and share their experiences of living with diabetes. 

Committee members 

Looking for the opportunity to be part of a busy, proactive and friendly team helping people in your local community? From hiring venues to liaising with guest speakers, getting healthcare professionals on board and getting media savvy in the art of self promotion, our local groups are hives of activity and need a team of volunteers to support their activities. By helping to run public meetings, events, walks and activities, our volunteers give everyone affected by diabetes the vital opportunity to meet others, have fun, share stories, feel supported and find out the latest information.

Group support and development volunteers

We're looking for good listeners and a pro-active helpers to help our Outreach Manager.

Join our Volunteering and Outreach Manager and our Group Support Volunteers to form strong links with our local groups and work with them to develop, try new ideas, reach and involve as many people as possible within their local community.

Online support 

During the pandemic, our local support groups are looking to hold regular online meetings, events, get-togethers and coffee mornings. This helps continue bringing people together so they can chat, share experiences and feel connected. We offer some technical support and zoom training to help you gain the skills and confidence you need to support groups running online meetings

Media volunteers

We'd love to hear your story. This is your opportunity to volunteer with our Regional Media Officer. You'll be giving radio, TV and newspaper interviews that are seen and read by thousands of local people, helping us get exposure to the public. This work is key to raising awareness and keeping diabetes as a hot topic.

Fundraising champions

From collecting to sky-diving, you can put the fun into fundraising. Working with our Regional Fundraiser, our volunteers make excellent use of their creativity and management skills to help organise and promote events, raising vital funds that make our research into type 1 and type 2 diabetes possible. 


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