New Youth Ambassador Programme launched

By Editor
28th September 2022
Children, Type 1 diabetes

JDRF is launching a refreshed Youth Ambassador Programme to empower young people living with type 1 diabetes to share their experience with others.

The type 1 diabetes charity will work with the Ambassadors to give them the confidence to talk about their own experiences with the condition, while learning valuable life skills along the way.

There are three different roles available:

  • Rufus Club – age 10 and below. The Rufus Club is aimed at younger families and will provide Ambassadors with information about type 1 so that they can help others in their school and community to learn more about the condition.
  • t1 Ambassadors – age 11-16 years. JDRF will provide enable Ambassadors to share their story and help to shape the services they receive by holding training sessions on subjects ranging from presenting skills to advocacy.
  • t1 Mentors – age 17-25. JDRF will support older Ambassadors to mentor someone
    younger and show them how to navigate problems they may be facing such as, talking to friends about type 1, going to university, socialising and starting work.

Hayley Anderson, Director of People and Operations at JDRF, said: “We are delighted to be launching our new-look Youth Ambassador Programme.

“Not only will this programme benefit those who take part, it will also help other young people living with type 1 to feel less isolated.”

She added: “I would encourage all young people who want to make a difference to their local community to get involved.”

Josie Newth, JDRF Youth Ambassador, said: “I remember the moment I first wanted to share my voice.

“I was a week into my diagnosis, overwhelmed by the information being thrown at me. I began looking through YouTube to try and find other people living happy, fulfilling lives with type 1. I didn’t manage to find any videos. I felt so alone.”

She concluded: “I decided then that I was going to fill that gap. The Youth Ambassador programme is a platform that allows me to share my stories, to spread awareness of diabetes, to connect and build community.”

To find out more about the scheme, click here.

Photo by Julia M Cameron on Pexels

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