Diabetes UK is the largest organisation in the UK working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition. Their mission is to improve the lives of people with diabetes and to work towards a future without diabetes.
- has over 170,000 lay and professional members and works for people with diabetes, their carers, family and friends
- represents the interests of people with diabetes by lobbying the government for better standards of care and the best quality of life
- spends up to £6.5 million on research every year to improve the treatment of diabetes and find a cure for diabetes
- provides practical support and information to help people manage their diabetes
- provides a telephone and email Careline giving emotional support as well as information to people with diabetes, their families, friends and carers
- supports 400 voluntary groups, providing fundraising opportunities, local campaigning, social events and awareness raising opportunities
- has over 65 years experience of running support events including:
- children’s holidays in England and Scotland throughout the summer for children and teenagers with diabetes from 7-18 years old. The holidays take children with diabetes for a residential week of activity, sharing experiences and learning in a fun environment.
- family support weekends for all families who have a child with diabetes and include siblings and grandparents to help the whole family cope with diabetes with confidence and a positive attitude.