Adam describes the sense of reward and inspiration he gets from helping children become more confident with their diabetes.
Adam has been a Diabetes UK children and families’ events organiser for over seven years. His input at the planning and review stage is crucial to making the events life-changing for the children who attend, while his leadership and inspiration encourages his core group of volunteers to come back year after year.
Volunteer Adam at a Diabetes UK care event
A Type 1 diabetic himself since age 11, Adam is able to relate to the children and has become a role model for how to lead a full and active life with diabetes.
Volunteering for Diabetes UK is incredibly important to me. I've made some of my best friends through volunteering on the children's events and I learn so much more on them than I do when I visit my nurse for a diabetes review!
I feel privileged to see the progress children make; becoming more independent and confident, both with managing their diabetes, as well as in their general character.
To have a child run up to you so proud of themselves to tell you they've just injected their tummy for the first time or done their first set change on their own is amazing. Often, when they first arrive you can see how anxious they are, but by the time they go to bed, it's like the children have known each other for years. I love to go around the groups during the week seeing the smiles on everyone's faces - children and adults alike.
"To have a child run up to you so proud of themselves to tell you they've just injected their tummy for the first time is amazing."
After the event this year a parent spoke of how they love to see their daughter at the end of Calshot, so happy and filled with optimism for the future.
Another one I remember said how Calshot had changed their son's life as he'd started climbing and sailing after going back home. He was eating better and more willing to try new things. From reading messages like these and seeing the smiles on the children's faces, how could I not want to continue volunteering!?