Advice lifeline offered to diabetes sufferers

HELP AT HAND ... from left, Claire Allom, Maria Ward and Kym Lockney, of South Tyneside's Diabetes UK group, are holding regular drop-in sessions at the caf� in South Shields Central Library, in Prince Georg Square.
HELP AT HAND ... from left, Claire Allom, Maria Ward and Kym Lockney, of South Tyneside's Diabetes UK group, are holding regular drop-in sessions at the caf� in South Shields Central Library, in Prince Georg Square.

DIABETES drop-in sessions are being held to provide an information lifeline to those living with the condition.

Each month the People’s Café in South Shields Central Library opens its doors to the South Tyneside branch of Diabetes UK.

A lot of work has been done in South Tyneside to raise awareness of diabetes, but there is still a lot more that can be done, especially around prevention.

Claire Allom

The group, led by campaigner Claire Allom, aims to raise awareness of the condition, which, if left untreated, can cause serious health problems.

During sessions, people diagnosed with diabetes can seek information on the support available as well as how to control the condition.

There are an estimated 9,000-plus people living within South Tyneside diagnosed with diabetes.

Mrs Allom said: “The drop-in sessions are well-attended and allow people diagnosed with the condition to come and speak to others who are also living with diabetes.

“A lot of work has been done in South Tyneside to raise awareness of diabetes, but there is still a lot more that can be done, especially around prevention.”

As well as monthly drop-in sessions, the South Tyneside branch of the diabetes group holds regular meetings.

The next one will feature a presentation by guest speaker Helen Bone, a safe care lead.

It will take place at Saville Lodge, in Saville Street, South Shields, on Tuesday, April 14, from 6pm until 8pm.

The next drop-in session at the Prince Georg Square library will take place on Monday, May 4.

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