Gippsland Lakes Community Health are building a diabetes support community and are going straight to the source for help with planning.
“We are inviting local people of all ages who are living with all types of diabetes to help us create a supportive community by being part of our initial planning process,” said Sophie Brown diabetes educator and chronic condition nurse at GLCH.
“Many people who have diabetes have never talked to anyone else with the same condition and that can be very isolating,” Ms Brown explained. “With that in mind we want to build safe and helpful spaces where people can come together in person and online to share knowledge, experiences, and support with others juggling the same condition.”
Targeting local residents, GLCH aim to create a peer facilitated support group for people living with diabetes where they can make new connections and friendships.
Post planning process, the support group will be managed exclusively by the group members and independently from GLCH. “GLCH’s role is to improve health outcomes for people with all types of diabetes by bringing them together to create a successful and lasting alliance.”
If you’re interested in sharing your experiences, thoughts and ideas to assist with start-up, or would just like to be an important member of this group get in contact with Sophie Brown at GLCH today.