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Diabetes UK Gloucester Road Show

Diabetes UK Road Show Trailer
Diabetes UK Road Show Trailer

The Diabetes UK Road Show rolled into Gloucester for a two day stay on Tuesday 28 April.  The trailer was set up in Kings Square along with a small marquee for the dietician to work from.

The Road Shows aim to raise the awareness of Type 2 diabetes and encourage people to come in and have a simple assessment of their likelihood of developing the condition.  This is achieved by carrying out series of questions and measurements to tell individuals how likely they are to develop Type 2 diabetes over the next ten years. The assessment did not take long, but finding out their risk could be an important first step on the path to a healthier life. Continue reading Diabetes UK Gloucester Road Show

Winchcombe Diabetes Awareness Evening

The Group received a request from the Winchcombe Medical Centre to take part in a Diabetes Event they were organising on the evening of Tuesday 14 April.  The Committee were more than happy to agree to this and Mike Broome  & Bob Watford went along to set up our stall.  Also in attendance were various diabetes specialist healthcare professionals including podiatry, eye care and dietitians.

Bob manning the stall
Bob manning the stall

The aim of the evening to to raise awareness of diabetes in the area and advise those attending how to recognise the risk factors and symptoms of the condition, and what to do to reduce the risks.  Also for those who already have diabetes to advise on how they can improve their diabetes control. Continue reading Winchcombe Diabetes Awareness Evening

St Oswald’s Retirement Village Talk

The Group received a request from Penny Hanes, the Wellbeing Advisor at St Oswald’s Retirement Village in Gloucester to give a short talk to the residents on diabetes awareness.  Also invited was Lisa Cooper, a diabetes nurse with Specialist Diabetes Service of  Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust.

Mike Broome gave a short talk covering what diabetes is, the risk factors, symptoms, including what hypos are and how to deal with them.  He also covered some of the common myths and misconceptions about diabetes.  One of the most common being that those with diabetes cannot eat sugar, which of course we all know is not true (but as we all know must be strictly controlled!) Continue reading St Oswald’s Retirement Village Talk

Coffee Morning

Mrs Jill Woolford recently held a coffee morning at her house in Prestbury Cheltenham, and very kindly decided to donate the proceeds to the Gloucester Diabetes Group.  Mike Broome went along and took some Group leaflets and diabetes booklets for those who may have been interested.

The coffee morning was a great success, it was hard to resist all the lovely home-made cakes!   Mike would like to thank Jill and all her friends who attended for raising the magnificent sum of £168.88, which Jill has requested is used in support of a Type 1 diabetes cause if possible.

Glos NHS Diabetes Community Conference 2014

Mike & Stand
Mike Coombs manning the Group stand

The group was again this year invited, by the Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, to provide a stand at the Diabetes Community Conference on the 4 Nov, held at the Hatherly Manor Hotel.  The Group Committee were only to happy to accept the invitation.  The conference was aimed at health care professionals from around the county who have an interest in diabetes treatment and care.

Mike Broome and Mike Coombs were able to attend and early on a rather damp & chilly morning arrived at the conference venue to set up our stall.  Also present with a stand, was Geoff Davies, the Treasurer of the Forest of Dean Diabetes UK Group.  Most of the other stands were either from NHS medical services , or  companies who manufacture and supply diabetes related equipment and medicines. Continue reading Glos NHS Diabetes Community Conference 2014

Health Awareness Day – Richmond Village, Painswick

Richmond Village RS
Richmond Village retirement complex

The Group received an invite from Richmond Retirement Village at Painswick to take part in their Health Awareness Day on Wednesday 14 October 2014.  The original plan was for us to set up an information stall, along with other organisations, for the day and give a short talk to raise awareness of diabetes amongst the residents & visitors.  However the event organisers subsequently decided they would not have the stalls, but still wished for us to attend and give a talk.  Continue reading Health Awareness Day – Richmond Village, Painswick

Ribston Hall School For Girls Talks

The Group were approached by Ribston Hall School for Girls in Gloucester to see if any of the members would be willing to talk about their diabetes experiences to the first year 6th Form students.

This was to help the girls with their Health and Wellbeing A level, this requires them to, amongst other things, to understand several serious long term conditions that can affect people.  One of these being diabetes, and as well as finding out the purely medical facts of the condition, they were required to find out how it affects people and the family and friends in their everyday lives.

Three members answered the call, Margaret Skinner (Type 2), Ros Gibbs (Type 1) and Tina Power , whose husband had Type 1 diabetes.  This gave a good spread of the condition covering both types and the view of a family member. Continue reading Ribston Hall School For Girls Talks

6th Big Health Check Day

The Group were invited to again attend this years NHS 2gether Trusts Big Health Check Day at the Walls Club, Gloucester on Wednesday 14 May.


The Big Health Check Day was a follow-up to the one held last year, for people with a learning disabilities.  The event was held to check on progress made since last year in all health care issues affecting those with learning disabilities and to discuss what will be important for them over the coming years. Individuals were invited to have their say about health services in the electronic voting session as well as posits on the evaluation posters and the changes they want to see.  This year’s theme was ‘Healthy Eating and Healthy Living’.


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