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Advice for people with diabetes and their families

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Wales campaigning

Diabetes UK Cymru campaigns for better diabetes care across Wales. We can change things for the better, but we need your support.

If like us, you are committed to winning quality diabetes care then the best way to support our work is to join our network of campaigners across the UK, we call them Diabetes Voices. Become a Diabetes Voice.

Emotional and mental health support

It’s Missing is our emotional health campaign to improve access to mental health services for people with and affected by diabetes in Wales. We spoke to people living with diabetes in Wales, they told us that too often the support they need is missing. 

This lack of support is leaving people feeling frustrated, isolated and alone.

But if we come together as a community, we can help people with diabetes get the help they need. 

Care in Schools

We know some children with Type 1 diabetes get excellent support in school, but this is not the case for everyone. We are working hard to make sure that with new rules coming into force in schools across Wales, that children with diabetes get the support they need to succeed in their education. We also have lots of useful resources on diabetes and education - for children and young people, as well as parents and teachers.

For our work on the Additional Learning Needs Act (Wales) we received the Change Maker award at the inaugural Charity Awards in 2019.

Know Type 1

In Wales, 1 in 4 people are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes too late, or when they are in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). Our Know Type 1 campaign is raising awareness of the common symptoms of type 1 diabetes, known as the 4Ts (Toilet, Thirsty, Tired, Thinner), to end late diagnosis. We are also working with clinicians and researchers to look at new and better ways to diagnose sooner and safely.

In February 2020, we held an awards night in the Senedd to recognise the achievements of people with type 1 diabetes and raise awareness of the symptoms.

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