Charity registered in Scotland
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.
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
We are looking for young people aged 18-24 with Type 1 Diabetes across Scotland to join our project and be trained in three different peer support skills – buddying, providing group support or moderating an online national chat. Peer support is proven to be a great way to manage the complications and stress that can come from having a long term health condition. Through this project you will deliver and design the peer support and be given full training to become a peer supporter.
This volunteer role is specifically focused on creating a space online where young people across Scotland can chat together, share ideas, raise issues and have fun! This opportunity is open to any young person aged 18-25 across Scotland with Type 1 diabetes. You will be given support and training to run this group and for other skills needed to be a peer supporter.
What you will be doing
Attend project activities and meetings with the other Peer Supporters over zoom to design and oversee the project.
Share ideas about what would make a difference to the life of young people with Type 1 Diabetes.
Alongside your fellow Peer Support volunteers, you will plan and moderate conversation on a large scale with young people across Scotland
Promoting the project to young people across Scotland
Moderate and interact with young people with Type 1 Diabetes from across Scotland on our digital stay connected working group.
Plan and suggest discussion topics, conversation and competitions that your group can take part in
This is an great opportunity for a young person aged 18-24 to co-design and deliver a series of wellbeing workshops for young people aged 13-24 with type 1 diabetes. These workshops will explore the Five Ways to Wellbeing and what these mean for young people with type 1. We are hoping to recruit people from across Scotland to deliver these workshops and to help us design and write the activities and session plans. This is part of our Youth Peer support project - Type 1 Youth: Connect, Support and Share, and you will be part of a wider volunteering team.