Did you know that over 110,000 people have diabetes in Birmingham and Solihull? This is much higher than other parts of the UK.
People from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities are also two to four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes; two fifths of the Birmingham population and one in ten people in Solihull are from BAME background.
That’s why NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging local people with diabetes to manage their condition better and access the support available to them this Diabetes Awareness Week (10-16 June).
In partnership with Diabetes UK, we are looking for volunteers for the Community Champions Programme to help raise awareness about diabetes in local communities. This is a great opportunity for those who have a connection to diabetes, either by personal experience or professionally, or for those who are passionate about making a difference to their community’s health.
Community Champions will receive support and training to give them the tools and techniques to be able to explain how people can improve their wellbeing with healthy eating and physical activity.
Dr Richard Mendelsohn, Chief Medical Officer at NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, said: “Diabetes can have a serious impact on your health, if it isn’t managed properly. That’s why we are supporting local people who have diabetes to make small changes to their everyday habits, which will help them to live healthier lives; the Community Champions Programme will help us to do this. I would really encourage people to get involved.”
If you’re interested in helping raise awareness in your community, please get in touch by:
- Phone: 0800 138 1639
- Online: https://forms.diabetes.org.uk/CCBirmingham