There are 100,000 people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland and this number is set to continue to rise.
Diabetes UK Northern Ireland knows how devastating diabetes can be and we are here to help you understand your condition better so that diabetes doesn't stop you from being you.
Our volunteers bring skills, experience, energy, enthusiasm and commitment to Diabetes UK. Volunteering can also make a difference in your life too, letting you meet new people, learn new skills and have fun.
Exciting volunteer opportunities
Each year Diabetes UK runs their annual Health Awareness Roadshows in Coleraine Town Centre (10am-5pm) and they need volunteers to help them carry out this role.
The role would involve:
Talking to members of the general public in a friendly and enthusiastic manner to raise awareness about diabetes and Diabetes UK
Talking to those at risk of diabetes and encourage them to undergo a risk assessment in the unit
Carrying out Type 2 diabetes risk assessments on members of the public at Diabetes UK events using the appropriate resources and training provided.
Measuring individual’s height, weight and waist circumference
Calculating their BMI
Taking them through the risk assessment and explaining their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
Encouraging them to go to their GP or practice nurse to have a test for diabetes,
Offer appropriate Diabetes UK publications/materials
Answer general queries and direct any medical or other specific questions to the appropriate member of staff or alternative channels e.g. Diabetes UK resources or Healthcare information
Encourage people with diabetes to leave their details so that we can send them further information
There will be a training day for the role usually in Belfast (all travel expenses will be covered). You can give as much time as you like at the roadshow, 1 hour plus and attend 2 events per year
Many events will take place during the week and will last from approximately 10am – 4pm; however, we will also be looking for volunteers that can help out during the weekend and in the evenings.
We anticipate that you would commit to a minimum of two events a year
What we are looking for:
An interest in community-based health promotion work
Confident working with members of the public
Good communication and listening skills
Enthusiastic and approachable
A friendly and supportive approach ? Ability to work as part of a team
Commitment to attend all briefings and training relating to your role
Commitment to follow confidentiality and data protection policies ? A commitment to support the work of Diabetes UK and represent Diabetes UK in a positive way.
What we can offer you:
Payment of agreed out of pocket expenses, such as lunch and travel
An opportunity to gain experience of working as part of a busy Northern Ireland team.
Experience of working in the charity sector.
The opportunity to contribute to an important area of work which could ultimately help to improve the lives of people with diabetes.