Type 1 diabetes Discovery Weekend at Leeds Met
Getting Sorted - the University's award-winning diabetes enterprise unit - has joined forces with JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity, to run the event from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 August.
Day and weekend places are still available for families nation-wide. The event is intended to give all who attend the opportunity to take part in group sessions, with experts on-hand to answer questions on activity, nutrition and carb counting, schools, transition from paediatric to adult services, insulin pumps and JDRF's research into the cure for type 1 diabetes.
Liz Webster, Director of Getting Sorted, commented: "This is a brilliant opportunity for children and young people with type 1 diabetes and their families to meet with others and share their experiences. We want this event to be as accessible as possible to young people and families across the UK and have included an option so that anyone who can't make the whole weekend but could make the Saturday or the Sunday can do so. The weekend will provide families with opportunities to discuss the emotional, as well as the practical, issues around living with type 1 diabetes.
"There'll be sessions with inspirational speeches from people living with type 1 and the whole weekend is designed to educate young people and their families to help them self-manage their condition."
The Discovery Event will be held at Leeds Metropolitan University's Headingley Campus. Tickets are priced at £50 for those aged 12 and above and £30 per child (aged-2-11) for the Saturday; and £20/£15 for the Sunday.
A weekend stay is priced at £130 for those aged 12 and above and £80 per child under 12. The fee includes:
- Two nights' stay in a junior double en suite room with tea, coffee and self-catering facilities in the communal kitchens.
- All meals, snacks and soft drinks (excluding late evening) from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday
- All type 1 workshops, activities and evening entertainment
Chris Normington, JDRF Development Manager for Leeds, said: "Our Discovery Weekends are always great events. Children and young people with type 1 diabetes who attend often end up making friends with each other. We look forward to welcoming as many people as possible."
Leeds Metropolitan University's Getting Sorted Enterprise Unit specialises in participatory research with children and young people with type 1 diabetes, their families and healthcare professionals. The aim of this is to develop, influence and enhance service redesign and service improvement in the UK.
Getting Sorted's vision is to enable young people with a long-term condition achieve their optimal health through combined research and enterprise. The team works with young people, their families and professionals to deliver a high quality, young-person-centred self-management programme.