Our Work

Serving people with diabetes since 1967

Since 1967, Diabetes Ireland has been the national charity dedicated to helping people with diabetes. We achieve this by providing support, education and motivation to everyone affected by diabetes. 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 Irish people with diabetes cannot live life to the full. This is our goal and 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 lo-call helpline (1850 909 909) and local support branches.
  • Information via our website, social media, literature and our quarterly magazine “Diabetes Ireland”.
  • 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’ – www.diabetesresearch.ie

What are we doing in 2016?

The services from Diabetes Ireland continued to expand right around the country in 2015 and in 2016 this expansion will continue. As well as maintaining our current services, we are committed to growing our services in 2016 and long into the future. To support these goals we have devised a new five year strategy entitled ‘Changing Lives 2016-2020’. The document is available to read here – Diabetes Ireland 5 Year Strategy.
Dublin Care Centre Expansion
Due to increased demand on our footcare services, we appointed a second podiatrist to our Dublin Care Centre in late 2015. In 2016 this new post will allow us to meet the needs of those living with diabetes who have low or moderate foot problems. We have also expanded our services to include hearing tests and counselling. For more information on our Care Centre and the services we provide, please visit our care centre pages here. We are committed to ensuring these services grow and can be easily reached by those living with diabetes.
Cork Care Centre
Following the success of our Dublin Care Centre, we are delighted to open a similar facility for those living with diabetes in Cork. We plan to open our second Diabetes Ireland Care Centre in Cork in May 2016.
Models of Care
The Diabetes Cycle of Care service for holders of medical cards and GP Visit Cards who have Type 2 Diabetes was launched in October 2015. Diabetes Ireland wants to see this scheme extended to everyone living with diabetes in 2016. By March 2016, 70,000 people had registered for the service.
In December 2015 the Model of Care for Children and Young People Living with Diabetes was launched by the HSE. Diabetes Ireland will be advocating in 2016 to make sure the resources are in place to follow the blueprint outlined in the Model of Care.
There are several new models of care for people with Diabetes in the pipeline. These include the Transition Model of Care (how 16-18 year olds transfer to adult care) and the Adult Model of Care for type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Our first priority is to see these documents launched in 2016.

Online Type 2 Diabetes Education
With the advances in online usage to seek information and self-education, Diabetes Ireland are developing an online educational programme to cover, what is diabetes, healthy eating recommendations and activity guidelines. This will enable more people with Type 2 diabetes to access the knowledge and education they require to manage their condition as effectively as they can. In addition, it is a programme that the general public can use to understand diabetes and help them to gain knowledge that they can use to reduce their own risk of developing type 2 diabetes. We have secured funding of €40,000 for this project to date but we require a further €80,000 to complete the project.
GP Education and Prevention of Late Diagnosis
In February 2016 we launched a GP awareness initiative to reduce the incidence of DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis) and late diagnosis. This included increased media coverage of Type 1 diabetes and a radio campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of type 1 diabetes. This campaign will continue throughout 2016.
The Diabetes Ireland Research Alliance has invited applications for suitable research projects for funding in 2016. The DIRA committee are currently reviewing submissions and deciding on a suitable project to submit to the Health Research Board for approval and possible funding in 2016. DIRA hope to fund three high quality projects in Ireland by 2020.
Diabetes Ireland have joined forces with the Irish Cancer Society, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the Irish Heart Foundation and put out a unique call for research proposals to identify ways to reduce the risk of cancer, dementia, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Proposals are currently being submitted and we look forward to choosing a suitable project in 2016 and working with our partner charities.
Diabetes Prevention
In 2016 we will continue to work with stakeholders to tackle the epidemic of obesity and pre-diabetes. Through our newly launched Sugar Smart campaign we aim to increase public awareness of the benefits of a healthier lifestyle and the risks of not following such a lifestyle.
Intellectual Disabilities
As part of the prevention programme Diabetes Ireland will look at the special needs of people with intellectual disabilities who have diabetes. 61% of individuals with intellectual disabilities are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, 16% over 40 have it been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. In 2016 we are aiming to work with their carers to reduce the risk to these individuals through nutrition and exercise.

The Governance Code
Diabetes Ireland have a responsibility to provide and follow a code of good practice when it comes to how our organisation is run. We are en-route to adopting 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 are committed to adhering to these principles. Our signed statement is available to view here – Code of Principles.
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.