Diabetes Ireland

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Diabetes Ireland is the only national charity in Ireland dedicated to helping people with diabetes. We achieve this by providing support, education and motivation to everyone affected by diabetes. We also raise public awareness of diabetes and its symptoms and fund research into finding a cure for diabetes.

Serving people with diabetes since 1967

Since 1967, Diabetes Ireland has been the national charity dedicated to helping people with diabetes. We achieve this by providing support, education and motivation to everyone affected by diabetes. Diabetes Ireland also raises public awareness of diabetes and its symptoms and funds research into finding a cure for diabetes.
Living with diabetes is not easy! However, with the right help, advice and support, there is no reason why Irish people with diabetes cannot live life to the full. This is our goal and each year through our patient education and information services we provide that support to thousands of Irish people with diabetes and their families when needed most.

Our Services

  • Patient support via our telephone lo-call helpline (1850 909 909) and local support branches.
  • Information via our website, social media, literature and our quarterly magazine “Diabetes Ireland”.
  • Support for children with diabetes and their parents through our Sweetpea Kidz Club; children and adolescent adventure activities; family weekends; and parent support groups.
  • Direct health education for people with diabetes through conferences and our community-based structured education programmes.
  • Financial services: negotiated motor and health insurance rates.
  • Advocacy and liaison with: clinics, services, the HSE and the Department of Health and Children.
  • Anti-discrimination activity.
  • Professional support via major annual multi-disciplinary conferences, practice support packs and our Diabetes Professional magazine.
  • Co-ordinating national and regional local diabetes awareness campaigns about the symptoms and risk factors for diabetes.
  • Health promotion initiatives including: schools awareness, workplace awareness, early detection and prevention initiatives and diabetes screening.
  • Funding Irish and international research via our subsidiary charity ‘Diabetes Ireland Research Alliance’ – www.diabetesresearch.ie

What are we doing in 2015

As well as maintaining our current services, we also want to begin development on a project to build an online version of our Type 2 CODE Structured Education Programme which will enable many more people with Type 2 diabetes to access the knowledge and education they require to manage their condition as effectively as they can. We have secured funding of €40,000 for this project to date but we require a further €80,000 to complete the project.

We listened to the concerns of parents of children with Type 1 diabetes in terms of the difficulty in getting an initial diagnosis. This year, we want to develop and disseminate a GP poster awareness to encourage GPs to consider Type 1 diabetes as a potential diagnosis when a child presents feeling generally unwell and raise public awareness, via an associated media campaign, of Type 1 diabetes. The longer the child is undiagnosed, the greater the risk of developing complications in the future. We need to raise funds of €20,000 to complete this project.

Diabetes Ireland is endeavouring to develop these projects as soon as possible but we do need the help of the diabetes community to raise the required funds. If you would like to support one of these projects by making an extra donation simply tick the relevant box on the membership renewal form. Alternatively, you can do so by participating in one of our fundraising events or organising your own event and directing your funds to your project of choice.

Of course, funding high quality research will continue to be a focus this year. We continue to raise funds for a project in Galway called “Topically Applied Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy for Non-healing Diabetic Foot Ulceration: A Phase 1 clinical study”. We need to raise €63k for this project and to date we have raised €35,000 of this total through personal donations and general fundraising. We will be hosting some Diabetes Research Information Meetings later this year.

The Governance Code
Diabetes Ireland have a responsibility to provide and follow a code of good practice when it comes to how our organisation is run. We are en-route to adopting the Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland. The Governance Code is based on five main principles and Diabetes Ireland are committed to adhering to these principles. Our signed statement is available to view here – Code of Principles.
For more information on the Governance Code please click here.

Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising
Diabetes Ireland is committed to complying with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising. The Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising is a guide to best practice developed by a steering group set up in response to the Charities Act 2009. To read more about our commitment to achieving the standards contained within the Statement for Guiding Principles for Fundraising here.

Our work would not be possible without the continued support of our members and supporters. To join Diabetes Ireland click here. If you would like to make a donation please click here.

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