Local support groups

Diabetes UK groups

Adjusting to the knowledge that you or a family member has diabetes takes time and it is often helpful to meet other people who have been through a similar situation. They can offer understanding, help and support at an important time.

Local diabetes support and information

A good way of finding this help is to join a local support group – a Diabetes UK group. These groups offer people living with diabetes a chance to meet and share experiences with others. They are all run by volunteers and typically meet on a monthly basis, often with a speaker on a topic like diet or exercise.

Campaigning, activities and events

As well providing support and information, Diabetes UK groups also get involved in:

  • fundraising
  • campaigning to improve local diabetes services
  • planning social events and outings
  • running awareness-raising activities.

Parents, children and young people

There are also some specialist groups – for parents, children and young people with diabetes.

Need medical advice?

Please note that Diabetes UK groups cannot give medical advice. They can only talk about diabetes from their own experiences. If you need medical advice please contact your local diabetes specialist nurse, or local diabetes centre.

Find your local group

Find out more about your nearest group, or contact the Volunteer Development team on 020 7424 1000 or email volunteering@diabetes.org.uk .