Youth & FAmily support

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.

  • Bi-annual 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

Diabetes youth newsletter

7- 14 year olds

Family Camps

18 - 25 year olds

Biannual Camp

7 - 14 year olds

There's lots going on every year, from full on family days to a couple of hours of mayhem at Flip City.  Get behind the wheel of a Daytona Cart, get your sights in at Laser Tag or Paint Ball, or even just chill at Youth Space.  We're always on the lookout for new things to try.


Family Camps

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 - 25 year olds

Want to meet other young adults with diabetes?  Join us at one of our organised coffees or dinner, our shout.  You get to talk about what you want, with others who understand what it's like.  Make new friends,  grow your social network, sit at a cafe table where everyone pricks their finger.  Find some time to chill.


Biannual Camp

So cool it's only held every two years!
This is a great opportunity to find out what amazing feats you can achieve.  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.  On this camp those who test blood sugars out number others 3:1!  See your Diabetes and Endocrinology Doctors, Nurses and Dietitians let their hair down.  Eat great food, kick a ball around, talk up a storm.  This is the place to be if you want fun!