Investing in Children (IiC) is an organisation concerned with the human rights of children and young people (CYP) and believes each should have a say in all matters affecting them to bring about positive changes. IiC has facilitated the Diabetes Project since 2001 and enabled CYP to discuss the care that they receive. While supporting CYP to have their say in their medical care and the service provided by the Paediatric Diabetes Team in Co. Durham and Darlington, it became apparent that the CYP and parents appreciated the support they received from each other. Therefore, IiC started to facilitate a monthly group session in October 2012, named Type 1 Kidz. This allows CYP to meet and have discussions, take part in activities and learn from each other, improving health outcomes and enabling them to feel in control. IiC secured funding for two years in 2013 to disseminate the project to Gateshead, Newcastle, Sunderland, South Tyneside and Cumbria. After this, CCGs funded the work and funding is in place from Children in Need until August 2020 to deliver the project in all areas. Families’ fundraising efforts generate nearly £10,000 per year.
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