Diabetes event at Oxford Island

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Diabetes UK Northern Ireland will be hosting its annual volunteer conference celebrating the successes of volunteers who go the extra mile and make a difference to people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland.

The Taking Action Now Conference will take place on Saturday, April 1 at Oxford Island, Craigavon, from 10am – 4.15pm and anyone interested in diabetes is very welcome to attend.

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland Volunteer Development Manager, Heather Causer, said; ‘We are very excited to be holding our annual volunteer conference: Taking Action Now, as we celebrate the action that so many of our volunteers take across Northern Ireland. Without the tireless work of our volunteers we would not be able to make an impact in the lives of people living with diabetes.

“We rely heavily on the hours and hours of work from people who donate and dedicate their time and their talent to help others living with this condition. There are now over 100,000 people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland and this figure looks set to rise year on year. As the number of people with diabetes increases we welcome even more volunteers, who are ready and willing to meet the massive challenge that lies ahead for all of us.

“Diabetes is serious. It is complex and it is unrelenting. It cannot be ignored or dismissed. Our volunteers understand that and they are the face and voice of this condition, doing what they can to support their local communities.

“We received so many nominations for our Inspire Awards which is indicative of the variety and commitment of so many people who have taken action against diabetes.”

The Taking Action Now conference has a packed agenda with a range of speakers, workshops, a cookery demonstration using Diabetes UK’s Enjoy Food recipes, inspirational speaker Alan Kernaghan and the Inspire Awards celebration.

International footballer and manager, Alan Kernaghan has been living with Type 1 diabetes since 1989, said, ‘I am looking forward to attending the Taking Action Now conference and talking about my experiences of managing my Type 1 diabetes.”

If you would like to find out about Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, then please email nivolunteering@diabetes.org.uk.