Volunteering at Diabetes UK's Type 1 Events
Before lockdown, I had volunteered at the Type 1 Events for seven or eight years to help children with their day-to-day lives while their parents get to have a break, or go to sessions to educate themselves more on type 1.
All my volunteering was in person and was being close to people and supporting them, so this has become non-existent for the time being at least. So I’m looking forward to getting involved with in-person events once they restart.
Why I decided to volunteer
I was inspired to get involved with volunteering because I loved the idea of meeting others. I’ve always really liked the events, not only because of helping the children and seeing their point of view, but also for finding a community for myself.
When I started volunteering I was at university and didn’t know anyone else with diabetes. It was really important for me to feel totally normal in a group of people with injections and blood glucose meters and all of those sorts of things, so that was what pushed me to do it.
I found friends at these events and they’re like family now, so that’s why I’ve continued to volunteer for several years. We kept in touch through Zoom during the lockdown, and a few people I’ve met through events also live nearby, so we’ve been able to meet up in person. This has been really important to help me feel supported both through my pregnancy and since having my baby.
I think events have also helped to keep me motivated when living with and treating my diabetes. So having them taken away was tough to begin with, but then having the social side of that added has been a big help.