A CHARITY is running regular online sessions for adults in Swindon living with Type 1 diabetes.

Part of #TheBig1, the Diabetes UK events are for anyone over 18 to combat the isolation often felt by those with the condition.

Originally launched as a one-off face-to-face event in 2018 for older teens and young adults, the coronavirus pandemic has moved this event online.

Each hour and a half session has a different theme and will be hosted by staff from the South West office with a guest speaker, and participants are encouraged to share their own experiences.

Subjects tackled to date include type one diabetes and emotional well-being in June, and sport and exercise with type one diabetes in September.

Sue Briggs a regular attendee said: “I’ve managed to attend all the #TheBig1 events so far. They are very well managed with input from the start on the specified topic, as well as ensuring that people’s questions are answered throughout.

“It’s great to see these events attracting such a wide audience and so good to be able to listen to people’s experiences.

“I’m certain I wouldn’t have been able to attend so many had they not been online, so it’s good to see a positive come out of the current situation.”

The next event will be on December 16 at 7pm, to discuss eating well with Type 1 diabetes.

Diabetes UK’s regional improving care manager in the South West Matt Robert, who also has type 1, will be hosting.

Comedian Tiernan Douieb, who lives with Type 1, and a specialist diabetes dietitian, will also participate to provide advice and guidance on food choices especially around Christmas.

Registration for this event is now open. Visit eu.eventscloud.com/healthyeatingwithtype1diabetes