Big Bang Week - Day 1

Welcome to the start of our Big Bang Week - a week of online events which we hope you will enjoy, learn from, and feel inspired by! We start the week with a recorded session with Professor Andrew Hattersley, a Diabetes Consultant and Diabetes Clinical Researcher based in Exeter, who we put your questions to on the topic of Covid-19 and Diabetes.

You can watch the video on YouTube here:

This week you will hear from all of the South West Team, and today’s message is brought to you by myself (Verity!), Gemma and Paula.

Verity: I want to say a personal thank you to you all for your continued support and commitment this year. Every single day I feel inspired to work harder and that is because of the truly amazing team of people who volunteer with us – you are wonderful! I am excited about the new developments we have made this year, like launching our online peer support training, and leading awareness events online – with you, we are still able to reach and support so many people living with or affected by diabetes – thank you! I really hope you enjoy the sessions we have planned for you this week, I’m sending you all my very best wishes, 

Paula: Verity and Gemma have kindly let me have a few words today to welcome you to Big Bang Week which is our way of saying thank you for all you do for us.  I know this year hasn’t been easy in terms of volunteering or indeed normal living but we appreciate that you are there just waiting to get back to things.  Life for us all is also a bit different.  I am working from home, doing most of my job online and due to the fact the office is currently closed, it has given me the chance to work with other members of my team and also to support our Welsh office when they delivered the Type 1 and Tech conference recently.  I hope you all keep well and safe and hopefully in 2021 we will all be able to meet up together as friends and family.  

Gemma: It’s fair to say that 2020 has been an extraordinarily strange year. Back in March I had never heard of zoom or toilet roll stock piling and had never done an online grocery shop. Now 2 out of these 3 are a regular feature of my life! So far I’ve made it through lockdown by reading books that have been sat on the shelf for years, utilized my new found zooming skills to catch up with friends and family, binged on box sets and make a token effort to go Nordic pole walking at the weekends. And I also caught up with Verity and her puppy Donut, who is utterly adorable! I’m so proud of how quickly we have all embraced virtual meetings, hosting events and training online that continue to bring people together and enable volunteers to carry on volunteering. A real sense of community and care has come to the fore, and long may it continue!  With best wishes, Gemma