Youth Dia-Buddy

  • VO86200
  • Home-based volunteering


This is an exciting opportunity for young people aged 18-25 with type 1 diabetes to be trained and supported to become peer support volunteers. This opportunity will provide a safe space for the person you are supporting to talk about their feelings, share experiences and crucially, realise they aren’t alone. You will help them overcome barriers and increase self-management confidence by talking to somebody who has faced similar challenges. This opportunity is open to any young person aged 18-25 from across Scotland. You will be given support and training in 1-2-1 support and working with people in this way. This is part of a peer support project that aims to connect people on an individual level, a community level and at a national level. For this project you will work with your buddy to decide on how you will communicate with each other. What you'll be doing...
Come to project activities and meetings with the other peer supporters over Zoom to help design and oversee the project.
Support 2 or 3 individuals with type 1 diabetes who are attending clinics. Be prepared to support them through some difficulties they may be having and explore their diabetes. This could involve setting goals and working through specific issues.
Talk to clinic staff about the development of the project with your fellow buddies and youth coordinator. Clinic staff will be active partners in this project, and you will be able to work with them on how best they can support young people with type 1.
Assist the Youth Coordinator in gathering information from the people you are buddying.
Take part in evaluation of your time on the project

Organisation aims and objectives

Diabetes UK is the largest patient charity in Scotland. Our mission is to improve the lives of people with diabetes and to work towards a future without diabetes. We are based in Glasgow and have a network of individual volunteers and voluntary groups across Scotland and are looking to expand the numbers of volunteers to continue to raise awareness of the condition which affects an increasing number across Scotland. We are looking for volunteers across all areas of our work including public relations, media and health board engagement.











Confident in talking and listening to people and passionate about helping people Enthusiastic about being part of a team and sharing your own thoughts and ideas Passionate about raising awareness of diabetes Committed to Peer Support
Experience required: No prior experience needed, full training will be given
Minimum age: 18
Maximum age: 25


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Paid by cash on submission of tickets or bank transfer if preferred. If any national travel is required any tickets will be bought upfront and sent to the volunteer.
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: We don’t currently, but we could offer a taster chat with the Youth Co-ordinator
Training details: Full online induction in a modular mode - covering the essentials to know who Diabetes UK are, what we stand for and health and safety/safeguarding essentials. The Youth Co-ordinator will provide on-going training around the core skills needed to become a peer supporter and also be able to work with the successful applicants to highlight any areas where they wish more training and development and source/create training to match that. Support will be given in a group and 1-2-1 basis with the Youth Co-ordinator on a weekly/fortnightly/monthly basis as needed. Support being given from the wider organisation and from the other volunteers will be key to development and support in this role.
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