Diabetes UK hold annual events for families and young people with Type 1 Diabetes. Contact Diabetes UK for up to date information. As well as fundraising locally around the UK.

JDRF hold Discovery days and weekend for families and young people with Type 1 Diabetes.  They support many fundraising events around the UK also.

The Children With Diabetes Friends for Life Conference 2017 is to be held in The Beaumont Hotel, Old Windsor on 27-29 October 2017. Registration is £60 per person age 6 and above, £30 per little person aged 3-5, and FOC for under 2s. The Fee covers:-

Friday night reception and Opening Keynote

Saturday – 4 sessions for the adults with the choice of speaker 
Full Youth Programme for Elementary (6-8), Tweens (9-12) and Teens (13-17)
Childcare for the under 5s
All snacks between sessions
Family Party.

Please note Dinner is not included either night.

The children (T1s and non T1 siblings) are grouped in their ages as at 27 October and enjoy fun-filled educational sessions with experienced team leaders while the adults attend their own sessions. The weekend is sure to be filled with fun and laughter, some tears and frustrations, education, exciting challenges and cutting edge information. If you have not already registered, why not join us to hear from Doctors, a Dietician, Psychologist and guest speakers who live with T1 diabetes and who have achieved great things, watch the children of all ages become Friends for Life and see their excited faces as their bonds develop. From toddlers to grandparents, from those new to the T1 world to those more experienced, from laypeople to the medical professionals we will all join together and make new and lifelong friendships. This is a conference you will never forget and one you will want to come back to again and again and again. Hotel accommodation is NOT included in the registration fee and you do not have to stay at the Beaumont to attend although the majority of the families do. If you would like more information, contact

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Phillip Schofield talks Type 1

Filmed especially for CWDUK Phillip Schofield talks Type 1 and what it is like to be a son and a brother to someone with Type 1 Diabetes.

A Mother’s Anthem-I am the Mother of a Diabetic Child

Based on the poem ‘A Mother’s Anthem’ by Linda Kaniasty, this film was made by Suscito Films for Children with Diabetes UK to raise awareness as part of Diabetes Awareness Week 2012. 
This short film is dedicated to all the Mothers and Fathers who don’t sleep at night, to all the children who live with this condition so bravely and to all the families that this condition touches.

Hope is in a cure.

Mini-Dose Glucagon Rescue for Hypoglycemia in Children With Type 1 Diabetes

One of the greatest challenges that parents of children with diabetes face is caring for their children when they have a stomach illness. When kids have a stomach flu and aren’t able to keep food down, blood sugars can drop quickly. With blood sugars dropping and kids unable to eat, parents often resort to a trip to the emergency room for an IV of glucose or a large dose of glucagon. A new study offers an easier alternative.

A team from the Texas Children’s Hospital Diabetes Care Center came up with a novel idea: use very small doses of glucagon, injected subcutaneously using a regular insulin syringe, instead of the usual large dose of glucagon given IM as a way of staving off hypoglycemia in kids with a stomach illness (gastroenteritis) or who were not cooperating and needed food. Whereas a typical glucagon injection delivers 500 to 1,000 µg, the Texas Children’s team suggested the following dosing schedule:

  • 20 µg for kids ages 2 or under, and
  • 10 µg per year of age for kids from 2 to 15 (20 µg at age 2, 30 µg at age 3, etc.)
  • 150 µg for kids 15 or older


Parents were instructed to dilute the glucagon as instructed in the glucagon emergency kit, but then to use a standard U-100 insulin syringe (30, 50, or 100 units) to draw up the glucagon. Each “unit” on the U-100 insulin syringe corresponds to 10 µg of glucagon. Thus kids two or under received two “units” of glucagon, while a 10-year-old would receive 10 “units,” based on the dosing schedule above. Parents monitored blood glucose every 30 minutes. If the child hadn’t improved in 30 minutes, the dose was doubled and given again.

The results were excellent. Given in the doses outlined, blood sugars rose an average of 3.33-5.00 mmol/l (60-90 mg/dl) within 30 minutes and lasted for about an hour. Also, in the doses given as described, the glucagon did not cause an increase in nausea as is typical with large dose glucagon, and none of the kids vomited from the glucagon.

The team stressed that their approach is suitable for relative hypoglycemia in the face of stomach illness or lack of cooperation in eating, not unconsciousness due to severe hypoglycemia.

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