Community Diabetes Champions supporting positive changes to improve lives
Communities in Slough are the first in the system to benefit from a project which is training local people to become Community Diabetes Champions. The champions will help people become more aware of diabetes, explaining what people need to do to prevent the condition from developing, as well as how to better self-manage the condition to help avoid complications if diagnosed.
The training helps people to change their own behaviour around diet and physical exercise and also gives them the tools to encourage others to change their habits. The Champions are active across the community in locally important places such as community and religious centres. The programme has already seen people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes lower their blood glucose level and avoid needing medications. It has also helped people diagnosed regain some control of their condition as they understand better what role food and activity levels play in how they feel.