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Cloonavin goes blue to mark World Diabetes Day

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CAUSEWAY Coast and Glens Borough Council’s civic headquarters will be illuminated in blue this week to raise awareness about diabetes.

Members of Coleraine Diabetes UK Support Group recently joined with the Mayor to help highlight the condition ahead of World Diabetes Day on Wednesday, November 14.

In Northern Ireland there are over 100,000 people living with diabetes every day. The Northern Health and Social Care Trust has the highest number of diabetes cases, with more than 22,000 men and women on the register.

Offering her support to the campaign, the Mayor Councillor Brenda Chivers said: “Diabetes is a condition that affects so many people in our area and there is a real need to highlight the steps that we can all take to reduce the risk of being diagnosed with this illness.

“The Coleraine group do fantastic work in the community and were very worthy recipients of the ‘Best Support Group’ award at a ceremony in Belfast earlier this year. I am pleased to be able to help them in this way and by working together we can help to raise vital awareness about the condition.”

The Coleraine Diabetes UK Support Group has members right across the Council area and meets monthly with a varied programme of speakers and activities. You can follow the group on Facebook to find out more.

The North West Diabetes Research Partnership Group, a collaborative network between the diabetes community and Ulster University staff, engage in outreach activities in the North West.

On World Diabetes Day (November 14th) it is holding an event at Roe Park Resort in Limavady focused on patient and public involvement in research and raising awareness of diabetes. Contact colerainediabetes@gmail.com for more information.

On Saturday 19th January 2019 the group is holding a one day training workshop for people with diabetes who are interested in being involved in developing and reviewing grant applications. To get involved please contact sj.coulter@ulster.ac.uk

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