New Loughgiel group to mark Diabetes Week

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More and more people in Northern Ireland are being impacted by diabetes, whether being diagnosed themselves or caring for someone else with the condition.

In order to reach the 86,000 people with the condition in the province, Diabetes UK Northern Ireland is setting up new support groups during Diabetes Week.

One such group is the Moyle Diabetes UK Support Group with its meeting taking place at the Loughgiel Community Centre on Thursday 16 June. The venue of each meeting will change in the Moyle and surrounding area.

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland National Care Advisor, Florence Findlay White, who will be the guest speaker, said; “This Diabetes Week we want to set the record straight about diabetes as there are so many myths and misconceptions about this complex condition. The more we know about diabetes the better we can manage it and support others living with the condition. Come along to the Loughgiel Community Centre on Thursday 16 June when we will be providing two sessions at 3pm and 7pm – come to whichever one suits you best and find out more about the Moyle Diabetes UK Support Group. We look forward to seeing you there.”

To find out more about this event and other Diabetes UK Support Groups contact Diabetes UK Northern Ireland on 028 9066 6646 or email nivolunteering@diabetes.org.uk. More online!

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland Volunteer Development Manager, Heather Causer, said; “Our network of support groups continues to grow and we are reaching more people in Northern Ireland than ever before. The work of our Diabetes UK support groups is vital in connecting the local diabetes community which only grows year on year. A lifelong condition can be overwhelming and isolating but it doesn’t have to be; we want to reach as many people living with the condition, or caring for someone who has the condition, to get involved and know that there is support available.

“People can get swept aside with the business of everyday life but we are asking for anyone who has been impacted by diabetes to come along to meet with the local diabetes community and be proactive about the condition. We have found that belonging to a local group like ours makes a really positive impact on how you approach managing diabetes and the difference that support, whatever form that may take, can make.”