Youth Peer Support Volunteers (Type 1 Diabetes)

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We have a number of different volunteer opportunities all forming part of our Youth Peer Support offers for young people aged 13-24 across Scotland. These include Community Young Leader - who will be setting up, running and facilitating an online (and in person when safe to do so) peer support group for young people with type 1 diabetes; Dia-Buddy - who will be matched with a young person with type 1 to provide a kind of mentor/buddy type support on a 1-2-1 basis; Digi-know moderator - who will be moderating and running an online discussion group; and, a Wellbeing session facilitator - who will be trained in facilitating a series of workshops for young people with type 1 diabetes to explore their wellbeing and emotional health.

These opportunities are varied, fun and exciting and perfect for anyone who wishes to give back to their community, meet new people and learn new skills that will be valuable in future work/study and general life.

As a Diabetes Scotland volunteer, you will be part of a large team of passionate people who give their time and experiences to support people living with diabetes across Scotland and the whole of the UK. You will get excellent opportunities to try new things, to meet new people and to gain key skills!

To apply, follow the links above, and to find out more get in touch with us at email:

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.

Frequency and commitment details

Flexible times to help. All help makes a real difference and is greatly appreciated.


Experience required: To have type 1 diabetes, to be passionate about helping people, to be able to work in a team and on their own when appropriate. Full training on other aspects of the role will be given.
Minimum age: 18
Maximum age: 24


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We have an online claim form where volunteers can manage their own expenses claims – or they can be claimed through their named contact person. In most cases we will try to pre-book travel for volunteers, so they are not out of pocket. We pay for public transport and pay 45p per mile for petrol.
Training details: Excellent support and relevant training is provided to all volunteers. All our volunteers will get a general induction to Diabetes Scotland – covering safeguarding, who we are, values and mission – and further to that they will all receive role specific training to begin their roles. Ongoing through their time with us we will identify, source and deliver training to our volunteers on a number of topics. Iain French will be the named contact for the volunteers and will arrange and conduct 1-2-1’s with the volunteers on a regular basis to check in and provide support.