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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.

However, this year is extra important...

In spring 2021, Wales will elect a new Welsh Parliament. This year will be vital on keeping diabetes care at the top of the political agenda for the next 5 years. We are calling for:

  • Improvements to the provision of emotional support and psychology services for people with diabetes in Wales
  • Increased access to technologies which can help people manage their diabetes
  • Continued determination to tackle the rise in type 2 diabetes, including more support to help people avoid type 2 or to put it into remission.

You can help us by joining our election campaign and contacting your local election candidates.

You can also read our manifestos in English or Welsh to see our full campaign asks.

Help us tell the next Welsh Parliament...
Diabetes Matters: it's time for action

 

Our campaigners at our mental health launch.

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. Our Future of Diabetes report told us that 7/10 people with diabetes told us they often feel overwhelmed managing their condition. When 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. We want to help people with diabetes get the help they need.

That's why we are working to increase access to psychological therapies in Wales as part of our It's Missing campaign. You can also read our report on what needs to change in Wales to improve mental health care.

 

A person using diabetes technology

Increasing access to diabetes technology

As well as our annual Type 1 and Tech conference, we are campaigning for more access to diabetes technology.

Exciting technologies have transformed the way people can treat and monitor their diabetes. Not only can these new technologies improve people’s management and reduce long term complications, they can make the lives of people living with diabetes easier.

That's why we are looking at ways to open up ways for people with all types of diabetes to get their hands on the best technologies for them. 

 

Children in school

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 the symptoms of type 1 diabetes: Toilet, Thirsty, Tired, Thinner

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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