Youth & Family Support

Youth and Family Support in the Manawatu, Horowhenua, Tararua, and Whanganui regions.

We provide opportunities for youth and young adults with diabetes, and their families/whanau, to connect with others through fun, social events.  Examples include:

  • Family activities such as LazerTag, Paint Ball, Flip City, Go-Karts, Ice-Skating etc.
  • Anual Family Camp – A camp for under fourteens and their whole family, jam packed with fun challenges. 
  • Bi-annual Youth Camp – Held at Makahika Outdoor Pursuits Centre and overseen by the team from Diabetes and Endocrinology.  No parents here; take part in fun outdoor activities and learn more about managing diabetes.
  • Parent/whanau support groups – Get together with other parents and caregivers of Type 1 kids at a cafe near you.  Held regularly in Palmerston North, Feilding, Whanganui, and Levin.
  • Young adult – 18 to 30 years meet for coffee or dinner every 6 months or so.


We advocate on behalf of families of children with diabetes to help access the care, education, and services they need to manage their diabetes.
I am happy to come and meet you and/or your family and outline the support and service the Trust provides. 
Andrea Bell
Youth Coordinator