Diabetes UK Cymru Family Days 2014, See You There?

I can't believe how quickly the year has gone and that we're in September already! I've got many exciting things planned to do on the volunteering front this month, including a talk in Poland, JDRF walk for a cure and also filming for the Type 1 Uncut movie series too. But something I'm especially looking forward to are the Diabetes UK Family days, for which I was busy helping with the program planning for this weekend, with fellow members of #YPP- The Young Person's Programme.

The family days this year for the south are going to be held in Cardiff and are a great opportunity for children and young people with diabetes and their families to spend time together. They're able to have fun, learn about living with diabetes and get to meet other people who also live with condition on a daily basis. The feedback from last year was really positive and the families were great fun to work with, so I'm really looking forward to the next one.

Last year the family days were held by Diabetes UK in the North and the South of Wales and at a very minimal cost to the families, were provided with a great day out filled with laughter, story sharing and friendship making. As there will be new and returning families this year, it was the job of Chris Headland who's idea the family days are at Diabetes UK, and the YPP volunteers to create a day full of fun, education and great experiences for teenagers with diabetes and their siblings. The day does cater for younger children as well, who are provided with fun activities to do.

I won't give too much away, but the day we have planned for the teenagers is a mixture of fun ways to get to know the other participants and some great activities to get people talking about what it's like to live with the condition whether they have diabetes or live with someone who does. A unique part of the day as well is that although there are health care professionals on hand for anything medical, the teenage side of the day is run by us (the older young adults). Which is a great way of helping teenagers through the difficulties of growing up and managing diabetes because we've been through it and come out in one piece the other side. When people with diabetes come together something great happens, and I'm sure the Diabetes UK family days will be no exception!

Some of the fabulous YPP members in a YPP selfie


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