Hampshire diabetes buddy survey launched

By Editor
2nd July 2014
Latest news, Ninjabetic

Views are being sought ahead of the launch of a new ‘buddy support’ scheme in Hampshire for newly diagnosed people with diabetes.

The group Sugar Buddies was formed in response to a growing demand on social media for peer support for people diagnosed with diabetes.

People are being urged to complete a short survey to provide valuable feedback. There are plans to spread the network across the country.

One of the organiser Laura Cleverly, who operates on Twitter under the alias of ‘Ninjabetic’, will be working alongside a service manager/dietitian and a consultant from the West Hampshire Diabetes Service.

Laura said: “We hope that Sugar Buddies can work alongside the support that healthcare professionals from primary and secondary care offer and give positivity through personal experiences of living with the condition. As a student nurse, I will be a lay educator and also mentor for the buddies.

“The aims of the survey are to establish what people would need from a buddy system (emotional support, education), what people struggle with when it comes to diabetes (taking medication, healthy eating, feeling depressed) and the ways in which people would like support (phone, email, in person).

“Anyone can fill in the survey – it will give a good indication of what is needed from the buddies.”

A website, including information about the buddies so people looking for support can match themselves with a buddy, is being created. Support will be offered via phone calls, emails, social media and face-to-face meetings.

Lay educators will also be trained to deliver diabetes education to people in larger groups to address the lack of education regionally.

To take part in the survey, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NTGZHGP.

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