Diabetes UK on the hunt for volunteers

Dorset Echo: DIABETES UK on the hunt for volunteers DIABETES UK on the hunt for volunteers

DIABETES UK is looking for volunteers to help with the Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow in Weymouth.

The event will be held on July 21 and 22 and will be seeking to find some of the one in seven people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the UK.

Risk assessments are carried out at roadshows across the country in towns and city centres and are supported by money raised from the Bupa Great Run Series, for which Diabetes UK is the nominated charity partner. People who are found to be at moderate or high risk of developing the condition are referred to their GP.

In Dorset, there are almost 12,000 people estimated to have undiagnosed diabetes. Volunteers will be given full training for the role once they have committed to attending the roadshow.

A training day for risk assessors will be held in Weymouth about three weeks before the roadshow to learn about the role and expenses will be covered.

Susi Calder, Diabetes UK South West volunteer development officer said: “Risk assessments are a vital part of our work to encourage early diagnosis in order to help people avoid the devastating consequences of undiagnosed diabetes.

“Diabetes UK provides all the necessary training and our roadshows are great events to be involved with.”

Anyone interested should email south.west@diabetes.org.uk or call 01823 448260.

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