London Volunteers Conference, March 2018

London Volunteers Conference, March 2018

Another fabulous Volunteers Conference took place in London on Saturday 24 March with the theme of Celebrating Diversity.  It was open to all people who have volunteered for the charity in the past year as speakers, ambassadors, Know Your Risk assessors or to those who have campaigned or helped on Diabetes UK stalls at community events. 

Delegates heard from several of Diabetes Uk’s staff working on engaging black and minority ethnic communities and Dr Louise Goff (from Kings College Hospital) spoke about her research into how Type 2 Diabetes affects those from African and Caribbean backgrounds differently from how it affects others.  

Dr Goff has developed new resources specifically designed to help and educate BAME communities and it is hoped that these will be shared once they are formally accredited as educational courses.  

Robin Swindell (picture on left with Andy Broomhead, who leads on volunteer support at Diabetes UK), who came and presented to the Harrow Group in the past, was awarded a trophy for Supporting Others for his work with a Park Run Group for people with diabetes and his many other roles in supporting Diabetes UK.  He has this year become a Trustee of the charity and has been working tirelessly to address the stigma often associated with diabetes and the language healthcare professionals and the media use, which can lead to stigma.