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Lizzie's story - leading an online peer support group

Lizzie Holt

Lizzie Holt

Diagnosed with type 1 in 2008

Through the group we come together, wherever we are, for support, a chat, and a friendly face.

Lizzie has been volunteering with Diabetes UK for more than five years now, and has always enjoyed sharing her experience of living with type 1 diabetes with others. She was diagnosed 13 years ago and immediately had the online world, social connections and other information at her hands.

Volunteering

Lizzie's experience of volunteering

It was becoming more difficult to manage volunteering around work and life but in 2020 this all changed. During the pandemic Diabetes UK gave the opportunity to manage an online peer support group. 

I hadn’t been involved in peer support before and this was more about supporting people, whether social, emotional or practical. Diabetes UK ensured I had all the necessary training. As it was the first online group, I helped with future training packs. Things that might apply to in-person peer support just don’t translate online - technical difficulties being one example!

The peer support zoom group has meant I’ve been able to share my experience living with diabetes. It has been invaluable to us all at a time with such uncertainty and where some have been isolating. Together we have over 100 years’ experience of type 1 diabetes.

Through the group we come together, wherever we are, for support, a chat, and a friendly face. Having diabetes means a common ground with people you wouldn’t otherwise have met. It gives us a safe space for talking about our concerns and sharing a positive experience.

We have been running since last June and meet weekly to talk about our experiences with type 1 diabetes, share support and have a bit of a social. Being online it's much easier to fit around life, and someone is always on the other end!

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