A Diabetes UK volunteer says the work she does to help young people affected by the condition is rewarding. Chloe Brown set up T1KZ, a group where young people with diabetes can get together to do fun activities. Chloe won an award for her work in County Durham and Darlington.
People are being invited to help form a voluntary group set up by a diabetes patient in Tyne and Wear to support others who have the condition.
George McLaughlin, who lives in Washington, decided to organise an initial meeting of the group after visiting his diabetes nurse.
People are invited to attend the meeting at Washington Leisure Centre, The Galleries, to learn more about diabetes and how to better manage the condition.
The meeting will also be an opportunity to meet other people with diabetes and share ideas and experiences.
"I was telling my nurse that I had joined Diabetes UK as a support member and she came up with the idea of having a support group for Washington.
"We are hoping enough people come forward so that we can set up a committee and hold regular meetings to help people with diabetes in the area."
– George McLaughlin
Dr Rahul Nayar, consultant diabetologist at Sunderland Royal Hospital, will offer information and advice about diabetes and answer questions.
It is hoped that this will be the first of a number of regular events for people in Washington living with diabetes.
The meeting will take place on June 6.
"Voluntary groups and volunteers are the backbone of our charity. They work tirelessly to increase awareness of diabetes, support local people with diabetes and raise vital funds to help us care for, connect with and campaign on behalf of people with, or at risk of developing, the condition.
"I wish George every success with getting a support group off the ground in Washington."
– Rose Lee-Gough, volunteer development officer for Diabetes UK Northern and Yorkshire