Approximately 80% of NHS expenditure on diabetes goes into managing potentially preventable complications (State of the Nation 2012, Diabetes UK). Westbanks Living Well, Taking Control Programme aims to improve patient’s knowledge and offers support to make healthy lifestyle choices. We are looking for volunteers who may have embarked on a lifestyle change at some point in their lives, or have an interest in supporting someone to make a lifestyle change.  The type of support will vary however may include telephone support, assisting the health trainer’s in group sessions or encouraging patients to be more physically active.

What is involved?

  • Supporting individuals who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or pre diabetes to make positive lifestyle changes.
  • Encouraging individuals to maintain their lifestyle changes.
  • Assisting the Health Trainers in the delivery of the group sessions and undertaking clinical measurements such as weight and waist circumference.
  • Communicating patients’ progress with Health Trainers.
  • Being sensitive about patient confidentiality in line with Westbank’s Confidentiality Policy.
  • Volunteers will be expected to give advice in conjunction with the information outlined in the patients information pack.
  • The volunteering role will be based at Westbank in Exminster, various Exeter venues and the Tiverton area.

For more information:

Please contact the Living Well, Taking Control Programme Facilitators on Tel: 01392 824752

Email: 

Ruby King -  r.king@westbankfriends.org

Amy Clarke -  a.clarke@westbankfriends.org