Diabetes UK is looking for people who are passionate about tackling the rise of Type 2 diabetes to get trained as Community Champions in Wales.
All students, whether studying on a health programme or not, are welcome to join the Diabetes Community Champions programme as volunteers, and staff are most welcome too. Free training will be provided by Diabetes UK on 17th March in the Haldane Building, Singleton Campus, Swansea University, and there will be approximately 40 places available.
If you would like to participate, please apply online at https://forms.diabetes.org.uk/CCWales
At present there are 182,600 people in Wales living with diabetes, and estimates suggest a further 70,000 people in Wales have diabetes but are either unaware or have no confirmed diagnosis. Another 540,000 people could be at high risk of developing diabetes, and the numbers are rising every year. If current trends continue, by 2025, it is estimated that 300,000 people in Wales will have Diabetes.
Diabetes UK train Community Champion volunteers who will help people find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, recommend GP appointments where necessary, and raise awareness of the risk factors of the condition. They will also support people who are already diagnosed with diabetes to better self-manage.
Diabetes UK’s Community Champion programme has already helped thousands of people elsewhere in the country to find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, take steps to reduce their risk, and better self-manage the condition if they are already living with it.