Could you become a volunteer diabetes community champion?

26 January 2017

8% of Brent's population have Type 2 diabetes (25,178). This is more than any other London borough.

There are estimated 549,000 people in the UK who have Type 2 diabetes, but don't know it. Some will be living in Brent.

Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing explains: "The risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can be significantly reduced through healthy living such as eating well and being active. Early diagnosis and self-care are also vital to staying healthy when living with Type 2 diabetes. By the time they are diagnosed, over 50% of people with Type 2 diabetes are already showing signs of complications. Diabetes is a really serious condition and the severity of it is not well understood. This has to change!

Brent Council is working in partnership with Diabetes UK for the 2nd Phase of diabetes project to recruit and train 15 to 20 Brent residents as volunteer diabetes community champions. The champions will learn about the signs, symptoms and risk factors of Type 2 diabetes and how individuals can reduce their risk of getting diabetes. They will also raise awareness at local events, amongst friends, family and the local community and signpost to local Brent services.

 


Want to know more?

If you are looking to improve your skills and gain experience in a health promotion role, then we'd love to hear from you. Out of pocket expenses will be provided
By becoming a community champion, you will be helping raise awareness and supporting more local people to live healthier and happier lives

A welcome workshop will be held on 28 February 2017 for those interested in becoming a champion. For further information or an application form email: communitychampions@diabetes.org.uk ; call 0800 138 1639 or 020 8424 1833 or apply at: forms.diabetes.org.uk/Brent