British based healthcare and research charity Diabetes UK are hosting a family fun day at Airobounce in Bradford on Saturday 12 November.
Diabetes has been a major concern for UK with its prevalence in England expected to rise by 47%, as per a research by South Asian Health Foundation and Diabetes UK. This Research also suggests that the South Asian community living in UK is six times more likely to have diabetes than the white population.
Another research by University of Oxford suggests that there are over three million people in UK, who are thought to be living with Type 2 diabetes and 11% of these are from the South Asian ethnicity.
Bradford district and Craven, in particular, has one of the highest rates of diabetes in UK, with 44,000 people diagnosed with the condition as per data by Diabetes UK, in December 2021.
The free event is an opportunity for families with children and young people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes across Bradford and Craven to come together and meet others affected by the condition.
Vanessa Laber, Engaging Communities Officer at Diabetes UK, said: “We know how isolated children and young people with diabetes and their families can feel. We wanted to provide an opportunity to come and meet others in a relaxed and informal environment.
“There will be the chance to get information and support from Diabetes UK but it’s also about meeting other families and having some fun.”
The charity also hopes to build a network of support for families across Bradford District and Craven who have children living with the condition, whether they live with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
Vanessa Laber added: “We are here to support everyone affected by diabetes, but we know how valuable peer support is to our diabetes community. We know that getting to know other people with diabetes can be life-changing and really help people feel supported to live well with the condition.”
The event takes place from 10am-1pm and lunch will be provided. If you’d like to come along, please register for free here