Volunteers’ Week runs from 1 – 7 June every year, and once again we’re well into the swing of celebrating the work that volunteers do here at Diabetes UK. It’s easy to talk about the huge difference volunteers make to our cause because the list is endless and wide ranging. Words like ‘amazing’, ‘incredible’, ‘wonderful’ and…

A couple of weekends ago I volunteered at one of the Diabetes UK ‘Big Conversation’ events in Leeds.  The discussions I was part of had a lot of key themes; access to consistent and quality care, desire for more education and support (for individuals and healthcare professionals alike) and the ongoing stigma associated with diabetes. Two…

I bought this book as a tongue-in-cheek gift for my wife.  I may have commented that it’d take her a long time to fill it.  In the last two weeks, I’ve probably done enough to warrant buying her a second copy… It’s Thursday and I’m in London for work.  My elbow had felt sore the…

Before Alice steps through the mirror into Looking-Glass Land she sits and ponders what it’s like to be on the other side. What would it be like to go from the comfort of her armchair in her familiar surroundings to a totally different world. Tortured literary metaphors notwithstanding, I recently had the opportunity to step…