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Volunteer opportunities

Volunteering and Covid-19 update

At this time, due to the Covid-19 pandemic all public, community and face to face volunteering is currently suspended until further notice. All volunteers must volunteer from home and we are therefore limited in which volunteering activities we can offer. This will of course change after the pandemic when we can resume our usual activities. We are currently working hard to continue supporting and training volunteers to help people through online volunteering, such as online group meetings and get-togethers, and giving talks online. There are still plenty of opportunities you can get involved with.

Help make change happen here in the South West

From supporting people with diabetes at your local group meeting to editing a webpage from the comfort of your own home, you can help someone find the knowledge they need to take control of their diabetes. You can help create a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Get in touch with our volunteering team south.west@diabetes.org.uk 01823 448260 to find out more about our opportunities, how you can get involved and how to apply. 

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. Read the Peer Support Facilitator Peer Support Facilitator Role description (PDF129KB) to find out more. 

Local group volunteers

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. 

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.

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. Want to know more? Read the Chair Role Description (PDF 345KB) to find out how you can get involved and help people living with and affected by 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. Go to our Secretary Role Description (Word 928KB) to find out how to get involved.

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. Read the Treasurer Role Description (Word 921KB) to find out how to get involved.

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.

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. Read the Media Volunteer Role Description (Word 56KB) to find out more.

Online 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. To find out more, read the Fundraising Champion Role Description (Word 117KB).

 

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