Newly diagnosed or living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes? We know that supported self-management is key to coping, in the best way possible, with your diabetes on a daily basis. In this section, we’re dedicated to providing you with the best possible, diet, exercise and lifestyle information that will help you to make informed choices about diabetes and general health.
The Diabetes Wellness Network allows people to support the vital research work and educational programme that DRWF funds, whilst keeping you informed and up to date on all aspects of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
You will be joining a like-minded community, so you don’t have to face diabetes on your own! As a subscriber you will receive a copy of the monthly newsletter - Diabetes Wellness News, in addition to a Quarterly Good Health Pocket Diary (a diary to record all your readings and to use as a self-management tool); Diabetes information leaflets; Diabetes awareness necklace; Medical check-up card and a discounted rates for residential DRWF wellness events. Not to mention oodles of support from people that really care!
Managing and living with diabetes can be a challenge, which is why we developed our Diabetes Wellness Days to support people living with all forms of diabetes.
This year DRWF will be celebrating 10 years of the Diabetes Wellness Day South event, part of our annual programme of Diabetes Wellness educational events to support people living with all types of diabetes.
Over the last decade the educational event programme has gone from strength to strength in providing information, advice and practical skills needed to manage and improve life for people living with diabetes.
These events have been recognised by Quality in Care Diabetes - an awards programme for the UK and Ireland that recognises good practice in patient care and joint working in diabetes.
The DRWF wellness days bring together a wealth of information under one roof for people living with diabetes, their family members, carers, friends and those with an interest in diabetes.
Watch a film from last year’s Diabetes Wellness Day South here:
What makes the Diabetes Wellness Days special?
It is the collaboration between DRWF and local healthcare services, complimenting and reinforcing key health messages to support improved blood glucose control and the improved feelings of well-being people experience after attending the events.
What delegates, volunteers and exhibitors tell us:
“Many thanks for organising yet another excellent Diabetes Wellness Day full of useful information with great speakers and friendly atmosphere. It is incredibly useful to hear fresh approaches on treatments and reasoning that can help both new and ancient diabetics like me. Altogether a great session that must have taken a great deal of organising so my thanks go to all the team. Kindest regards.”
- John Munford
“I felt that the day exceeded my expectations as a volunteer. It was great to be part of a team of people who were so committed to getting better patient outcomes and Wellness for people with Diabetes.”
- Maggie Meer, Founder of Diabetes Professional Care
“The feedback we receive from across the diabetes community is extremely positive, showing just how important these events are, not only for providing education, but also for community interaction and wellbeing.”
- Rachel Knight - Diabetes Care Representative AgaMatrix
Where is your nearest Diabetes Wellness Day?
There are Diabetes Wellness Days in the South, Midlands and North of the country, more information about venues and dates will be announced shortly – click here for details. Please email or call to learn more.
Why should you attend a Diabetes Wellness Day?
Family routines are often disrupted by diabetes and modified to accommodate self-management tasks. This can result in diabetes-related distress, poor relationships and reduced wellbeing for the whole family. The Wellness Days provide a safe environment, away from the daily hassles, where knowledge can be reinforced, learned and people often meet and make friends with others and can share their experiences. We know this emotional support can help to improve emotional wellbeing and make living with diabetes feel less of a burden.
How we have developed the Diabetes Wellness Days
The programme of events has grown from the early days of workshop style delivery. Each Wellness Day has a central ‘hub’ exhibition area with multiple interactive talks given by diabetes healthcare professionals offered throughout the day.
The talks cover all aspects of diabetes, including facts about diabetes, foot care, eye care, diet, exercise, physical activity, hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia, travelling, driving, medications and gentle exercises, like Tai Chi.
The exhibition area includes a variety of stands, manned by experts and separated into health zone, technology zone, community zone, social media and networking zone to ensure attendees are provided with an holistic range of support.
Quality in Care Diabetes Award
The DRWF team were delighted to be awarded the Judges' Special Award and Highly Commended in the Empowering People with Diabetes category at the 2017 awards evening.
This award recognises the innovative practice demonstrating quality in diabetes management, education and services for people with diabetes and/or their families, throughout the UK.
Judges said: “The events are clearly user focused, providing an opportunity for peer support and re-engaging those users who have missed out on a structured education.”
Celebrate a decade of the Diabetes Wellness Day South with DRWF this summer
at The Solent Hotel, Whiteley, Hampshire on Saturday, 30th June 2018
This year’s event will be held at the Solent Hotel at Whiteley, in Hampshire located between Portsmouth and Southampton, making it easily accessible to people from across the south. DRWF will be joined by specialist diabetes teams from Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Solent NHS Trust, Southampton and Portsmouth University Hospitals and the West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service, to provide a programme that will focus on key areas that affect people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
In addition there will be an exhibition room, workshops, talks, activities for families and fun exercise sessions.
There is a small registration fee of £5 per person at each event, which includes the full programme of talks and activities, access to the exhibition hall, refreshments, buffet lunch and free parking.
For more information, please contact DRWF Event Coordinator Lee Calladine by emailing: email@example.com, or by calling: 023 9263 6133.
A fantastic day is planned and we look forward to seeing you there!
More information about this year's Diabetes Wellness Day South here
Find out more about all upcoming DRWF Diabetes Wellness Days
Diabetes Wellness Days Dates for 2018:
There are Diabetes Wellness Days in the South, Midlands and North of the country - see below for this year’s dates:
Diabetes Wellness Day South
Solent Hotel, Whiteley, Hampshire
Saturday, 30th June, from 9am-4pm
Book your place here
Diabetes Wellness Day Midlands
Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire
Sunday, 7th October, from 9am-4pm
Book your place here
Diabetes Wellness Day North
Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, Hartlepool
Saturday, 3rd November, from 9am-4pm
Book your place here