Diabetes Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC039136

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.

Current opportunities

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.

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 - https://volunteer.diabetes.org.uk/opportunities/24396-community-young-leader-aberdeen-2022-01-14 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 - https://volunteer.diabetes.org.uk/opportunities/24400-youth-dia-buddy-2022-01-14 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 - https://volunteer.diabetes.org.uk/opportunities/24387-digi-know-connector-scotland-wide-2022-01-14 who will be moderating and running an online discussion group; and, a Wellbeing session facilitator - https://volunteer.diabetes.org.uk/opportunities/24399-youth-wellbeing-facilitator-scotland-2022-01-14 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: scotland@diabetes.org.uk

We are recruiting volunteers to support people who have been identified as being a "High" or "Moderate" risk of type 2 diabetes after taking part in the SPFL Trust Football Fans In Training programme. Volunteers explain why diabetes is serious and encouragethem to take action about their risk of type 2 diabetes. You will be represent Diabetes Scotland at the final session of the FFIT 13-week programme online or at a football club in your area, up to three times a year. You will have the opportunity to be a part of an exciting community partnership and outreach project and make a real difference to people's lives by giving them really important information about diabetes. You will get Induction training and regular communication with Diabetes Scotland point of contact and the opportunity to meet and network with other volunteers along withhe opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience of working in the charity sector