Engaging Communities in the South West

As many of you know Verity McLelland has been a great supporter of our group, she is currently working on this exciting new project and we are hoping that her work can inform and influence the work we do here in Exeter.


I wanted to write to let you all know about the new project I am working on for the coming few months. We are aiming to increase our reach and engagement for people living with and at risk of diabetes from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) and other lesser heard communities across the South West. We want to try to learn more about the best ways we can support people and also recruit new volunteers from within these communities to help raise awareness and understanding of diabetes.

I am focussing primarily on Bristol and Swindon but am also looking at opportunities and advice from across the region. We recently held two outreach events with the Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Group (BACWG) in Barnstaple and Taunton where members of the Chinese community came to learn more about diabetes and to have the opportunity to use our Know Your Risk scheme to learn their likely risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. We had an interpreter for both Mandarin and Cantonese language and completed risk assessments for every attendee. It was a fantastic insight into the challenges in accessing health advice that people face if English is not their first language and it was clear that we need to do more to ensure all our information is accessible for everyone.

If anyone would like to get involved or know of any organisations that you think would be helpful for me to be in touch with, I would be extremely grateful to hear from you.

Here is a picture of myself (Verity McLelland), Naomi Pullin (Volunteer Support Officer) and Kelly and Joe from the BACWG. And lastly, here is our name and strapline in Chinese language.


Diabetes UK

了解糖尿病. 對抗糖尿病

Know Diabetes. Fight Diabetes