Minutes from February '17 Meeting

Amie from Diabetes UK Cymru spoke to the group in February.

There is a change of roles happening at Diabetes UK currently but this does not stop the amazing work they do for people living with diabetes.

Thursday 16th March will see Sara Moran, Policies and Public Affairs Manager at Diabetes UK Cymru give verbal evidence at the Welsh Assembly in the hope of adding healthcare provision to the Additional Learning Bill going through the Welsh Government at present, this will set provisions for children to be able to manage their condition and/or allow teaching staff to be able to aid in the administration of medication such as insulin injections, potentially life-saving treatments that there is no provision for at present. Good luck Sara.

Diabetes UK Cymru Volunteer Conference is to be held on the 4th March in Nantgarw. All volunteers are welcome and there will be updates from research projects, an overview of where the money raised and donated to Diabetes UK is being spent.

A volunteer’s story, telling how they help and support Diabetes UK, and a quiz and an interactive workshop before the Annual Inspire Awards in the afternoon. We hope you can make it.

Amie spoke about how we can support diabetes UK and raise awareness in our community. There are a number of volunteer roles that are available.

Speaker Volunteers – local people talking about and giving the local touch to promote the group, and raise awareness of diabetes. Sarah is currently a speaker volunteer and has spoken at groups such as the WI, the local deaf/blind group, the Patent Office – if you have groups that you are members of and would like someone to come and talk to the group about diabetes please let Sarah know, she is more than happy to talk to groups.

A new role upcoming in volunteering is a School’s Outreach Volunteer. – This is a role that will raise awareness of T1 Diabetes in schools, giving the opportunity to go into schools and talk to staff about the awareness of T1. This is needed as children are being excluded from social activities in school due to the misunderstanding of managing the condition in children. In conjunction with the Making the Grade campaign this is hoping to get into schools to raise their abilities of helping a child with T1.

Community Champions is another new role that is upcoming, this is hoping to be aimed at opening up to BME communities which can sometimes be closed off due to language barriers and cultural differences.

Know your Risk volunteer roles will be available to reach communities. This will be rather than the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk Roadshow’s bus it will be community based so hopefully we can reach more local people at more opportunities.

Just a reminder that the next group meeting is 16th March and our guest speaker will be Jayne Bryant AM the Chair of the Cross Party Group for Diabetes. I hope to see you there.