by dawn kitchener | leicester, United Kingdom
Goal: Peer to peer support promoting positive awareness of type1 diabetes in children. On going project.
Some children see coming to the diabetes clinic as a threatening environment. Many are reluctant to open up or engage with staff/doctors about their diabetes and life with it. The idea of getting the children together in a non-clinical setting seemed to be what the children/parents were looking for, so the idea of the choir was formed by my colleague Sarah and myself. We wanted the children to be able to get together with others who understood fully about life with diabetes. The choir would give them somewhere they could be themselves, be allowed to talk about any problems they may have without their parents over analysing everything. The choir would also allow the children and parents to become diabetes buddies with the others and offer support to one another all whilst they had fun and socialised.