Our Work

Serving people with diabetes since 1967

Diabetes Ireland is the national charity dedicated to helping people with diabetes. We achieve this by providing support, education and motivation. Diabetes Ireland also raises public awareness of diabetes and its symptoms and funds research into finding a cure for diabetes.


Living with diabetes is not easy! However, with the right help, advice and support, there is no reason why people with diabetes cannot live life to the full. This is our goal. Each year through our patient education and information services we provide that support to thousands of Irish people with diabetes and their families when needed most.

Our Services


  • Patient support via our telephone call 01 842 8118 and local support branches.
  • Information via our website, social media, literature and our magazine “Diabetes Ireland”, posted three times annually.
  • Support for children with diabetes and their parents through our Sweetpea Kidz Club; children and adolescent adventure activities; family weekends; and parent support groups.
  • Direct health education for people with diabetes through conferences and our community-based structured education programmes.
  • Financial services: negotiated motor and health insurance rates.
  • Advocacy and liaison with: clinics, services, the HSE and the Department of Health and Children.
  • Anti-discrimination activity.
  • Professional support via major annual multi-disciplinary conferences, practice support packs and our Diabetes Professional magazine.
  • Co-ordinating national and regional local diabetes awareness campaigns about the symptoms and risk factors for diabetes.
  • Health promotion initiatives including schools awareness, workplace awareness, early detection and prevention initiatives, and diabetes screening.
  • Funding Irish and international research via our subsidiary charity ‘Diabetes Ireland Research Alliance’ – diabetesresearch.ie


Diabetes Ireland launch its 2018 Annual Report
Call for all people with diabetes to become members


From a service provision, in 2018 demand on our services continued to increase drawing more on our limited staff and financial resources. The number of people attending our Care Centres increased, the number of enquiries online and offline and the demands for up to date information that goes with them has increased significantly. We continued to target high-risk groups through our health promotion activities by increasing their knowledge and awareness of diabetes and encouraging them to make positive lifestyle changes.


2018 service highlights are:


  • 220,463 visitors to www.diabetes.ie.
  • 11,349 Facebook followers and 4,187 twitter followers.
  • 3,072 people contacted our national diabetes helpline
  • More than 12,000 people attended our Diabetes Care Centres in Dublin and Cork
  • 2,110 people attended 15 public education meetings to share their experiences and hear from a range of diabetes healthcare professionals on all aspects of effectively living with diabetes on a daily basis.
  • 389 people with Type 2 diabetes attended 30 CODE education programmes nationwide.
  • 92 teenagers attended National Teen Activity Day and Barretstown Camp.
  • We delivered 19 Type 1 diabetes education/awareness presentations to 397 teachers, Special Needs Assistants and pupils in schools nationwide.
  • We held 85 health promotion/screening events in 2018. 2,633 people accessed these events of which 159 (6%) were referred to their GP for further screening for Type 2 diabetes.
  • 6,106 people completed our Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment online with over 2,880 classified as either high or moderate risk.


2018 saw the charity make a surplus of €101,745. With costs increasing and Government grant support funding remaining static, this was a positive outcome but we need to generate more funds in 2019 to ensure we can continue to maintain all our services which provide direct care, education and support to thousands of people with diabetes and their families each year.


While, we are committed to expanding our services, unfortunately this can only happen with the support of our community. In relation to the number of people with diabetes in Ireland, our membership base is relatively tiny. Through the work of the charity over 50 years, people with diabetes receive free care and medications for their condition plus many other benefits which would not have happened without the continuing advocacy work undertaken by Diabetes Ireland.


While there are many ways to support Diabetes Ireland, we want all people with diabetes to become a member so we can mutually support each other. Our goal is to support, educate and motivate the diabetes community. The charity needs your support to do that.” Read the full report here


The number of people attending our Care Centres in Dublin & Cork significantly increased.



Diabetes Prevention

Our Aims

  • To provide support, education and motivation to people with diabetes, their families, and friends;
  • To raise awareness of diabetes in the community and foster programs for early detection and prevention of diabetes;
  • To support and encourage advances in diabetes care and research.



From an Irish Research perspective, in conjunction with the Health Research Board, Diabetes Ireland Research Alliance agreed to fund a project called “Towards novel anti-infectives with enhanced wound-healing for diabetic foot; CO- releasing star-shaped microbicidal polymers”. This research is led by Dr Deirdre Fitzgerald-Hughes, Royal College of Surgeon’s in Ireland. She, in collaboration with medicinal chemists and clinical microbiologists, will develop and evaluate, in a laboratory setting, a new class of medication delivered directly to the wound. This new compound has the potential to effectively deliver enhanced properties to treat and heal infected wounds with diabetes. Total funding to deliver this project over the next 2 years is €170,000.

In conjunction with the Irish Cancer society, Irish Heart Foundation, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the Health Research Board, Diabetes Ireland Research Alliance is also funding a study undertaken by Dr David Hevey in Trinity College which focuses on working with adolescents in low socio-economic areas to promote healthy behaviours through making changes to develop positive habits in relation to smoking cessation, alcohol consumption and physical activity that will reduce the risk of developing chronic illness in later life. The 2 year project began in 2017 at a cost of €180,000.


See www.diabetes.ie/research/dira-annual-report/ for more information,


As well as maintaining current services, we are committed to growing our services long into the future. For further information on our plans see our 5-year strategy ‘Changing Lives 2016-2020’. The document is available to read here – Diabetes Ireland 5 Year Strategy.

The Governance Code

Diabetes Ireland has a responsibility to provide and follow a code of good practice when it comes to how our organisation is run. We are fully compliant to the Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland. The Governance Code is based on five main principles and Diabetes Ireland is committed to adhering to these principles. Our signed statement is available to view here – Codes of Practice.
For more information on the Governance Code please click here.


Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising

Diabetes Ireland is committed to complying with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising. The Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising is a guide to best practice developed by a steering group set up in response to the Charities Act 2009. To read more about our commitment to achieving the standards contained within the Statement for Guiding Principles for Fundraising here. Our work would not be possible without the continued support of our members and supporters. To join Diabetes Ireland click here. If you would like to make a donation please click here.