I'm Edelle Irwin, from Derry in Northern Ireland, and JDRF UK’s Community Content and Information Lead helping to provide trusted support, information and resources for the T1D Community. I’ve been part of the community/voluntary sector for over 10 years working with and advocating for young people with disabilities/health conditions and their families. I have been in post as part of our Community Engagement Team here in JDRF for just over a year.
I setup P.O.C.A (Parents of Children with Autism) in 2013, as well as the first youth club in Northern Ireland for young people with Autism and their families. I also founded The T1 Club Children’s Diabetes Group in 2019 and am still helping to provide peer support for young people with type one diabetes and their families.
I’m a mother of 3 boys (including one type 1 teen and 2 boys with autism) and a passionate representative of people living with type 1 diabetes.