About us

Membership of the Group is open to anybody within easy travelling distance of Exeter as we cover an area from Okehampton to Axminster and Tiverton to Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth. 

We are run by a Committee of eight people who meet about six times a year to plan meetings fund raising events and respond to requests for information from numerous bodies including Diabetes UK itself.

We receive no funding from either Diabetes UK or Regional Office so we have to be totally self-supporting. The amount we spend on administration is tiny but through the efforts of many people we were able to support two local research projects at the University of Exeter Medical School in 2014  and one in 2016 to the tune of £2,000 each. 

We try to arrange interesting meetings, not always connected directly with diabetes and we book venues which are easily accessible by public transport and those with disabilities, as well as arranging some afternoon meetings, not just evenings. Most of our meetings are held at the Palace Gate Centre off South Street, Exeter. The nearest car park is called "Cathedral and Quay".  

We liaise with the children’s and young people’s group called SnackPack at http://www.snackpack.org.uk/

The Exeter Group sends out copies of our newsletter three times a year to those on our mailing list, either by post or email.  If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please get in touch using the form on the 'contact us' page of this website. 


 We are proud to dedicate this website to the memory of Miss Joan Wheeler OBE. Joan passed away in May 2011 having led the Group for many years with dedication and commitment and was, in reality, our leading light. She had practised as a nurse in a senior position in the NHS and the Department of Health and was regularly called upon to join national committees of Diabetes UK. She was a prominent member of the group which produced the National Framework for Diabetes Care and Treatment.


Code of Conduct for the Group

The new Code supercedes our own Guidelines for the operation of the Group and were adopted by the Committee on 16 October 2014. 

The following is a summary of the main points :

Groups are an integral part of Diabetes UK and are bound by its policies and procedures, together with its expenditure and funding guidelines.

Each Group must have 3 officers, Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary and none of them should serve for more than 6 years.

The size of the Committee can be decided locally and there is no maximum number of members on the Committee.

The Group must hold an AGM to elect officers and the Committee, and receive the accounts.

No more than £3000 shall be held in reserves.

We must use the bank designated by Diabetes UK.

An annual report must be submitted to Diabetes UK including the annual accounts.

Diabetes UK holds a public liability insurance covering all Groups.