#TheBig1 is a big opportunity for young adults with diabetes
Date: 16 Jun 2018 - 10:30 to 16:30
Location: Swindon Town Football Club, County Road, Swindon
National charity Diabetes UK is hosting a free event at Swindon Town Football Club for people aged between 16 and 26 who are living with Type 1 diabetes.
Dubbed #TheBig1, the meetup will take place on Saturday, 16 June. It will offer the opportunity for young adults with Type 1 diabetes to relax and chat with others in the same age group who are living with the condition. They will also be able to hear from experts and from inspirational people who have Type 1 diabetes, including Welsh sprinter Melanie Stephenson who has competed at national and international level.
#TheBig1 will be firmly focused on what it’s like to live with diabetes as a young adult, aiming to answer some of the many questions people in this age group often raise. How easy is it to travel when you’ve got diabetes? How does it affect relationships? How far can you push yourself in sport? Attendees can also share their own tips and experiences if they want to.
Graphic designer Holly Carter, 23, who is from Swindon but now living in Ashford, Surrey, is looking forward to sharing insights into diabetes at #TheBig1. She said: “This is the first opportunity I have really had to meet people with Type 1 diabetes of a similar age, so I am looking forward to chatting with them about how they approach it. I think it will be useful and reassuring.
“I have an insulin pump and #TheBig1 is a great opportunity for me to explain to other people who don’t about the value and benefits of switching to one.”
Matt Robert, Diabetes UK improving care manager for the south west, said: “That crucial decade between 16 and 26 is when you are getting out in the world, starting work, going to uni, having relationships. It’s an exciting time but, if you have Type 1 diabetes, there’s a lot of juggling to make sure you can do all the things you want to do but still stay in control of your condition. So it can also be a difficult time, especially if you don’t know anyone else in the same boat.
“#TheBig1 is a chance to meet other people who know exactly what you’re going through and actually be part of something.”
Lunch and snacks are provided. You can also bring a “plus one” and under 18s will need to be accompanied by an adult.
To sign up for a free place, go to eu.eventscloud.com/thebig1
For further information, call the south west office of Diabetes UK on 01823 448260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org