February's Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

You are probably wondering why you’ve not had any minutes from January’s Meeting, well the answer is simple, although there were only 6 of us present in January we discussed ideas for the program for the year ahead which I am pleased to say is now ready and you’ll find available at this month’s meeting.

We’ve got a busy year ahead and I for one am really excited at the prospect of the great range of speakers we’ve got lined up.

We really need to get hold of more people though, it’s important that we try and spread the word of the group as far and as loudly as possible. I will be sending out posters to the Doctors Surgeries in Newport in the next week with a copy of our program for the year in the hope that they will be able to promote the group, I’m also going to be updating our posters in the local library’s and I have been trying to get someone from the Argus interested – that is still a work in progress.

This weekend sees the Annual Volunteer Conference for Diabetes UK Cymru this year being held at the Copthorne Hotel, at Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff. I am really excited as, as a group, we have been nominated for an Inspire Award.  We get a recognition for being nominated and seeing as this is not even a full year we’ve been going I feel this is a huge honour to have been nominated and I’m excited to be at the awards which are held during the Conference.

I also have the honour of telling my story at the Conference, from my diagnosis to forming our amazing group, to where we are today and our plans for the future, which I couldn’t have done without you who come along every month to support the group.

If you are interested in supporting Diabetes UK Cymru at future events such as Living with Diabetes Day’s and Roadshows there is a training opportunity being held at the Cardiff office of Diabetes UK, Thursday 10th March between 4pm – 6pm there is a Events Volunteer Induction Session which aims to provide an overview of the Events Volunteer role, to provide you with a knowledge about diabetes and the services that Diabetes UK offer and to meet other volunteers.

Diabetes UK Cymru are also running a training course to become a Risk Assessor, again held at the Cardiff Office on Thursday 17th March between 10:30am – 3:30pm.

Becoming a risk assessor will allow you to:

  • Use the Diabetes Know Your Risk questionnaire at a Diabetes UK organized event.
  • Assess members of the public to determine their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • Develop your skills and knowledge of diabetes and learn more about Diabetes UK and the work they do.
  • Meet new people and raise awareness of diabetes in the local community.

This year Diabetes Uk Cymru are holding 7 roadshows if using the knowledge gained above you would like to volunteer at, these are,

  1. Merthyr Tydfil – Weds. 20th April and Thurs. 21st April
  2. Rhyl – Thurs. 12th May and Fri. 13th May
  3. Aberystwyth – Mon. 6th June and Tues. 7th June
  4. Bridgend – Tues. 5th July and Weds. 6th July
  5. Swansea – Weds. 10th August and Thurs. 11th August
  6. Cardiff Mela/City – Sun. 11th September – Cardiff Bay. And Mon. 12th September – City Centre
  7. Caerphilly – Mon.3rd October and Tues. 4th October.

The venues will be confirmed closer to the dates of the roadshows. Please do not feel you have to attend these training sessions and roadshows this is purely for your information if you would like to attend. If so please contact Sarah at the Newport Group or Emily Beach at Diabetes UK Cymru (tel: 029 20 668276).


This month’s guest is Jayne Nicholls from the Exercise Group Move It or Lose It, she has kindly agreed to come along to show us gentle exercises that can be done in the chair or used to promote good circulation and to give a talk about why it’s important. I am really looking forward to it.

Next month we see a team from the Diabetic Retinopathy Team coming to give a presentation which will be on Thursday 17th March

I look forward to seeing you there.