Youth & FAmily support
What we do...
We provide support to families who have a child with diabetes and youth and young adults with diabetes up to the age of 30 yrs.
Our programme provides support, connection and community through our social events, support groups, education workshops and camps.
We are happy to meet with you if your child is newly diagnosed; you are new to our region or community; or you are a young adult/teenager needing a chat. This can take place at your home, café or anywhere you feel comfortable.
Request to join our closed Facebook page 'Diabetes and US' for more information on whats on in our community.
We look forward to meeting you and your whānau.
Family and youth days
There's lots going on every year, from full on family days such as outdoor Lazertag in a mini pine forest to a couple of hours of mayhem at Flip City. For our older youth we have Go-Karts, Paintball and if you are a little bit creative we have workshops for you too, Jewellery making and bath bomb creating to name a few. We're always on the lookout for new things to try.
Join us at an outdoor adventure camp, meet other youth living with diabetes, be in the majority for a change, and have a go at archery, go carts, horse riding, rifle shooting, rock wall climbing and other activities. Bring your adults and siblings so that they can have a go too: they don't even have to stay in a tent!
Family Camps are held bi-annually in March or April. They are held in an outdoor adventure camp and allow the person with diabetes and the family/whanau to participate in a range of activities and connect with other families who have a member with diabetes.
18 - 30 year olds
Want to meet other young adults with diabetes? Join us at one of our organised coffees or dinner, our shout. Take some time to connect and chat with others who understand what its like.
Biannual Youth Camp
Join other kids with diabetes, get to make friends and take part in outdoor activities with your team and the support of a youth leader: and yes, even your youth leader has diabetes. Eat great food, kick a ball around, talk up a storm. This is the place to be if you want fun!