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Appeal for Crawley volunteers to help Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK is appealing for local volunteers to help educate people about the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and what they can do to reduce it.

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The charity will be holding a one-day ‘Know Your Risk’ training session in Crawley on Thursday 28th February 2019 at Crawley Library for people interested in signing up to become volunteers.

There are over 450,000 people across the South East diagnosed with diabetes, and about 90 per cent of those have Type 2. They might get Type 2 diabetes because of their family history, age and ethnic background puts them at increased risk. They are also more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if they are overweight. It is serious and can lead to complications such as sight loss, amputation, kidney failure and stroke.

Type 2 diabetes can come on slowly, usually over the age of 40. The signs may not be obvious, or there may be no signs at all, therefore it might be up to 10 years before people find out they have it. With 12.3 million people at risk of developing the condition, the charity wants to help people understand more about its causes and how it can be prevented or delayed.

Volunteers attending the Crawley session will be trained to talk to local people and encourage them to try the Know Your Risk tool, to find how likely they are to get Type 2 diabetes, so they can make changes.

Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK’s Regional Head for the South East, said:

“We are keen to hear from people who want to make a difference in their local community and help us reach out to people at risk of Type 2 diabetes. These are rewarding roles which can really make a difference – it can help someone get diagnosed early before complications develop or encourage someone to make important lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes.

“With the right lifestyle changes, as many as three in five cases of Type 2 diabetes could be prevented or delayed by helping people understand their own risk of developing the condition. Please get in touch if you’re interested in joining our brilliant team of volunteers.”

The ‘Know Your Risk’ training event is free and takes place on Thursday 28th February 2019 from 10am to 5pm at: Crawley library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG. Spaces are limited and must be pre-booked. Please call Mai Seida on 01372 720 148 or email south.east@diabetes.org.uk to sign up to the event.

To find out more about our ‘Know Your Risk’ online tool, please visit: http://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start

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Live or work in Ifield? Make sure you attend ‘Talk Ifield” Community Forum

Over one year after its successful re-launch in autumn 2017, the ‘Talk Ifield’ local community forum will be holding its next open public meeting from 7.00pm to 8.30pm on Monday 4th March 2019 at Elim Church, The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley RH11 0HD.

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‘Talk Ifield’ was first established in 2013 as a neighbourhood forum, run by local people, for local people.

It offers an opportunity for people who live and work in Ifield to meet and share ideas for improving and developing the local community for the benefit of everyone.

Anyone who lives in, who works in, or who has an interest in Ifield is welcome to attend the open forum meetings.

This year they are delighted to announce their guest speaker on 4th March will be Crawley Borough Councillor Martin Stone, who will be giving a presentation and leading a discussion on the subject of ‘Crawley Museum, and a short history of Crawley and Ifield’.

Crawley has a rich and varied history dating back several centuries, and the new Museum has now become a focal point for anyone who is interested in the heritage of our town and its changing character over the years.

Martin has had a leading role in helping to establish the Museum and has himself also undertaken extensive research into the history of Ifield in particular.

Mark Sudan, Chair of the ‘Talk Ifield’ Management Committee, said:

“Very many people attended our last open forum meeting in September, and we enjoyed a most interesting presentation on maintaining our neighbourhood environment from the Borough Council officer responsible for leading that work.

We are now looking forward to our next forum meeting on 4th March, at which Cllr Martin Stone will be bringing us up to date on the new Crawley Museum, and sharing with us his own extensive knowledge and research into the history of Ifield in particular.

This will be a fascinating evening’s discussion, and we urge as many people as can do so, to come along and share the experience as Martin takes us on a unique journey through local history.”

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