Sugar Buddies: demonstrating the need for flexible peer support

Summary

People with diabetes in Hampshire have access to several organisations, charities and online communities for help and support however none focus specifically on the newly diagnosed or provide a one-to-one ‘buddy’. Peer support is increasingly recognised as vital for health and wellbeing. Sugar Buddies are trained volunteers who provide support through a variety of media, enhanced by group learning and socialising. Their primary role is to support and signpost, not to provide medical advice, although all Buddies have first-hand experience of diabetes and have a health professional mentor, with a mission to prevent negative experiences and increase positive health outcomes.

Challenge

People with diabetes in Hampshire have access to several organisations, charities and online communities for help and support for their diabetes – however, none focus specifically on the newly diagnosed or provide a one-to-one ‘buddy’. Being newly diagnosed with diabetes is a life-changing event which can lead to people feeling vulnerable, confused and alone.

Objectives

Using a variety of survey methods, to assess the need for a buddy scheme for people with diabetes and the best way this could be provided. To recruit willing and suitable volunteers to be Sugar Buddies, with induction and refresher training given by the diabetes team.

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QiC Diabetes Commended 2015
Best peer-to-peer support initiative
Sugar Buddies: demonstrating the need for flexible peer support
by West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust



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