A local group providing support and advice for people affected by diabetes in West Dorset has won a top award from the charity Diabetes UK.
The Diabetes UK West Dorset Local Group, which meets in Dorchester, has won the Voluntary Group award at the charity’s regional Inspire Awards, held in Taunton, Somerset, on March 8.
The members of this local group work hard to provide education, support, advice and social opportunities for all people affected by diabetes in the area. They hold regular meetings in Dorchester which often involve talks from healthcare professionals to help members learn about the best ways to keep healthy and avoid some of the serious complications of diabetes, which include problems with the eyes, kidneys and feet.
Last year the group raised £10,000 for Diabetes UK for research projects and support for people with diabetes. Diabetes UK is the biggest charitable funder of diabetes research in the UK. In 2012, the charity invested more than £5.8million into groundbreaking research into Type 1, Type 2, and other forms of diabetes.
Phaedra Perry, Regional Manager at Diabetes UK in the South West, said: “The members of this local group are friendly and committed. They are one of 23 local groups in the region who do a brilliant job offering people living with diabetes a chance to meet and share experiences with others. The Diabetes UK West Dorset Local Group supports people at all stages of their diabetes journey, from diagnosis onwards, and they are worthy recipients of the award.
“The Inspire Awards are a great opportunity to thank the people who deserve recognition for their fantastic efforts to support people with diabetes. As an organisation, we couldn’t do what we do without brilliant and dedicated local groups. Thanks to our network of volunteers, we’re helping people with diabetes manage their condition, campaigning to improve the quality of care available to them, funding pioneering research into the condition and working to stem the rising tide of diabetes.”
Diabetes UK West Dorset Local Group chair Henry Bartlett said: “We are all delighted to win this award. This group has a great, hard working committee and a big membership with well attended meetings. We have good relationships with our local healthcare professionals as we really want to improve care for all people with diabetes in the area. Our six meetings a year are open to all, and we are always delighted to see new people attend.”
Diabetes UK has more than 570 registered volunteers in the South West region, many of which also belong to the charity’s 23 groups. To find out more about becoming a volunteer for Diabetes UK, or about your local group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01823 448260.
People can find out more about Diabetes UK local groups in their area at www.diabetes.org.uk/South_West