About us

What we do

We aim to encourage people with all types of diabetes to enhance their enjoyment of life. We provide support in a number of ways including distributing our increasingly popular bi-annual magazine, regular drop in sessions for face to face chats with volunteers and specialist events to improve knowledge and ask specific questions, plus regular e-newsletters and ways to get involved in diabetes research. We also provide a platform for discussion and campaign for the care and services that you need.

Drop-in sessions:
Throughout the year we hold drop in sessions in libraries and other venues to give people the opportunity to talk to one of our Diabetes Group IOW volunteers face to face, currently in three locations: Freshwater, Newport and Ryde. We would like to extend this to other areas, so if you are interested in supporting a drop in session in your area, please email us at: info@diabetesiow.org.ukĀ  We are currently doing online events to ensure people’s remain well and safe during the pandemic.

We organise themed events throughout the year with specialist speakers which provide the chance to learn more and ask questions. We also usually take part in a number of fairs and other public events where you can chat to our volunteers. During the pandemic we will be providing events via Zoom, so people can continue to stay safe. To find out about upcoming events, please sign up to our e-newsletters by emailing info@diabetesiow.org.uk , like our Facebook page ‘Diabetes Group IOW’ or check out the events section on this website.

Our committee:
We have a small committee of volunteers and we always look for new committee members to bring new ideas and to help support our aims. The committee members raise important issues and campaign for local service providers to provide quality care for people living with diabetes. If you are interested in joining the committee or volunteering please get in touch by emailing info@diabetesiow.org.uk

Charity Shop in Ventnor:
This very popular charity shop, run by the IOW Diabetes Fund, always welcomes volunteers to help out in this busy shop. It is currently closed, but will re-open once safe to do so. Keep an eye on our news feed for an updates during the pandemic period.

Diabetes Research:
Do you have Type 2 Diabetes? The Isle of Wight is undertaking an academic study in partnership with the University of Portsmouth. We have more information about this research in our magazine, Issue 4.