April 2017's Newsletter

April’s Newsletter.

Well we are nearly at the end of April already! Only seems like yesterday we were meeting for our Christmas Meal, it’s gone so quickly.

So what have we got lined up for the next few months.

This weeks meeting will see Claire Greenhouse from The British Red Cross is coming to talk about first aid for chronic conditions, by chronic conditions I mean conditions like diabetes that will progress as we get older and make us more susceptible to certain conditions/complications such as heart attack and stroke to name but a few.

I’m looking forward to it and hope to see you there.

So what is coming up I hear you ask.

The lovely Amie at Diabetes UK Cymru has been given a new role which takes her to the Central Volunteering Team under the Head Office in London but she will still be based in Cardiff but her work will cover a wider area than Wales. The first day of her new role is Tuesday 18th April and as a Group we wish her well.

Coming up we have been asked to provide an information table at Colg Gwent Crosskeys Campus on Thursday 4th May 10:30 – 12:30 and 1:30 – 2:30 there is a buffet lunch provided by the catering college on site and last year was lovely. This year Steve has kindly agreed to man the table for me but if anyone would be interested in helping please have a chat on Thursday.

Tuesday 9th May I am giving a talk to the Newport BME Sight Cymru group talking to members of the community about diabetes and complications and how to help prevent them. I am also taking the ladies from the X-pert course to try and promote take up of the course by people of the BME community and to talk about appropriate content of the booklets for different religions. I will also be talking about the upcoming month long Ramadan Fasting and managing diabetes through it. Just for your information Diabetes UK produces its booklets in a number of different languages and a range of leaflets in collaboration with the Muslim Council of Britain with agreed advice on Diabetes and fasting.

I’ve been asked to share my story of my journey with diabetes with the NHS Media and Communications team to promote on their website, as such I will be making a video and talking about my journey. Lisa Banton, the NHS Media and Communications Officer for ABUHB will be attending the meeting on Thursday to make a short film of me and the group, if you have any wishes not to be included in the film (even a few shots of you from the back of your head) then please have a word on Thursday.

May’s meeting’s guest will be Martin Davies from Martin Davies Chemist on Caerleon Road. He’s coming back by request of the group, he’s really looking forward to it, but if you can give me a few points you would like him to discuss let me know ASAP so I can forewarn him!!