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 a community group that is run by volunteers. We 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.