Carers learn all about diabetes at training day

Coun Scott Dickinson presents the diabetes awareness certificates.
Coun Scott Dickinson presents the diabetes awareness certificates.

A training day has been held to help make carers aware of diabetes and how to manage it.

Age UK Northumberland ran the course in St Michael’s Parish Hall, Alnwick, to train the leaders of its Home Care service.

A volunteer from Diabetes UK delivered a presentation, followed by a course from an Age UK trainer.

Coun Scott Dickinson, chairman of Northumberland County Council’s health and well-being board, presented certificates to those who attended.

Graeme McConnell, Age UK Northumberland’s quality co-ordinator, said: “We at Age UK Northumberland understand the importance of multi-agency co-operation to promote the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community, in particular the people who use our services.

“This is why we have teamed up with Diabetes UK and the chairman of the health and well-being board for Northumberland County Council, Coun Scott Dickinson, to deliver specialist Diabetes Awareness training to team leaders and volunteers in Age UK Northumberland and to publicly promote the need to learn more about this aspect of community health.

“This training will equip our team leaders with the knowledge they need to raise awareness among our 300 carers who support almost 1,000 services users across the county and our volunteers to raise awareness with the many older people they support.

“We hope that the publicity around this event will make our partners and local communities think and actively seek information about maintaining a healthy lifestyle for themselves and the people they support.”

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