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Volunteer Spotlight - Jamie Morrison - September 2022

Prior to joining the volunteer programme at the end of 2021, I had never knowingly met anyone else with type 1 diabetes.

Meet our Volunteer Spotlight for September 2022, Jamie Morrison

We are currently running a youth project for young people with type 1 diabetes between the ages of 13-24. The project aims to provide peer support and connect young people with the condition across Scotland.

We asked Jamie, one of our youth volunteers, some questions about his experience.

Tell us a little bit about your role in the project

I’m an Online Forum Moderator. My role is to coordinate and plan online discussions on different topics relating to young people with type 1. 

When we initially started the project, it was about creating a safe space where I could help to spark conversations around diabetes. I could bring the lessons I’ve learnt and experiences I’ve had over the years living with type 1. I could also provide an opportunity for others to share their own experiences.

We are now planning some in-person events, starting with one in September. I asked for ideas for potential activities in the group chat, and we have come up with different ideas including bowling and rock climbing!

What interested you in joining?

I’ve had type 1 diabetes for 24 years now, but prior to joining the volunteer programme at the end of 2021, I had never knowingly met anyone else with the condition.

I joined because it was an opportunity for me to share my experiences, but I’ve ended up learning a lot from the project.

What was the process of becoming a volunteer like?

Simple and straightforward. Iain the youth coordinator at the time in Diabetes Scotland was helpful at every step of the way and happy to answer any questions I had. 

I started volunteering during the pandemic, so all interaction was through Zoom to start with.

What’s the best thing about being a youth volunteer?

The best part is having the chance to share my experiences and know that it might help someone else manage the condition. 

What’s been the biggest challenge?

It was remembering that what works for me may not work for others. This is one of the few conditions where each one of us must find a path that works for our own needs. 

I was young when I was diagnosed so have lived with the condition for as long as I can remember, but others were diagnosed when they were older, and everyone’s experience is unique.

What are most looking forward to in the future?

To continue making a difference through sharing ideas, and experiences and working with other people living with diabetes.

What would you say to anyone thinking of getting involved with the project?

Do it! It’s a good chance to meet other like-minded individuals but also have the chance to voice your opinion and potentially change the future for others.

One factor of the self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985) is relatedness - a feeling of closeness and belonging to a group. Being a part of the volunteer programme has provided a sense of accountability and acceptance in the management of such a difficult condition, which has motivated me to continue to do better. 

If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask me, other volunteers, or the incredibly helpful staff at Diabetes UK.

If you have any questions about the youth project, please email

We will be introducing more opportunities for youth volunteers across the UK in the next few months so keep an eye on our volunteering opportunities.

Find out more about young adults and diabetes.


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