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Welcome to the Website of the Glasgow South Diabetes Scotland Group

What do we do?
The group provides a chance for people with diabetes and their families/carers to get together for support and information about diabetes care and treatment. It is run by a small group of volunteers who plan the meetings and arrange for speakers to talk on subjects usually related to diabetes. As part of a national charity 'Diabetes UK' we can provide their information leaflets on a range of topics as well as information about their many services.

Where do we meet?
From September 2016 our meetings will be held in the Croftfoot United Free Church of Scotland Hall, 349 Carmunnock Road, Glasgow G44 5HH.
Click here for directions and a map.

What happens at the meetings?
It is very informal. We have a speaker on a topic of interest to those with diabetes. There is usually a lively discussion and a chance for people to ask questions. After the speaker we have tea/coffee and a plain biscuit. We have in the region of 20-30 people at each meeting, although this varies for different reasons. You don't require to book a place - just turn up whenever it suits you - you will be made very welcome. A full programme of our meetings for the year is available by clicking on the programme link.

How often are the meetings?
We meet on the third Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm till 9.00pm from August to November and February to May. For details of the next meeting or our programme click on the programme link or contact us.

Is there a cost to attend?
NO - anyone with an interest in diabetes is welcome. Our group is made up of people with diabetes and those with an interest in learning more about diabetes. We aim to be a self-supporting group. There are Diabetes UK membership forms available if you want to join. We also try to have back numbers of 'Balance' magazine which is always full of useful information and articles.

Our recent meetings

September 2018

The group discussed the topic of what patients with diabetes should expect from the NHS in the way of support. Talk focused on how annual diabetic screening has changed over recent years. We reached the conclusion that is not as rigorous now as in the past.

August 2018

The secretary led a general discussion focusing on the difficulties of self-managing diabetes and the need for patients to be supplied with the necessary information required to help with this.

May 2018

This was our AGM. After the usual reports and discussion our new group committee was elected.

April 2018

Tony Doherty, a diabetes specialist community nurse and long time supporter of our group, told us about the medication used to treat diabetes. He covered the pros and cons of all the common medication as well as telling us about new developments coming along.
Tony also, as ever, answered questions from members of the group, both general questions and some specific to individuals.

March 2018

Mrs Rakhra, an experienced Yoga teacher introduced us to some simple exercises. These were suitable for anyone to try and benefit from.

February 2018

Neil McIntosh from Glasgow Life told us about the various Good Move classes available around Glasgow and stressed the social aspect as well as the exercise content of many of these.
Neil also mentioned that similar courses were available in other local authority areas surrounding Glasgow and offered to help those interested to find out about availability.

January 2018

Unfortunately our January meeting had to be canceled due to bad weather

November 2017

Dr Scott Crae demonstrated the free Medsmart app for tablet computers and mobile phones can help those on medication to manage their medication.
He also got feedback from the group on how the app might be improved in the future.

October 2017

Mary Ann Banks, a nurse who has been living with diabetes for 56 years told us, in a ligh hearted way, her experiences of living with the condition. She also detailed how treatment and attitudes have changed over the years.

September 2017

Monica talking to group

Monica Houston, a podiatrist, gave us a very well received talk about what is involved in our annual foot check and how important it is for those of us with diabetes to attend these checks. She then went on to illustate the various problems that can develop with our feet because of diabetes and finished off with advice on how best to avoid these problems.

May 2017

We held our AGM during which a new group committee was elected.

April 2017

Linda McGlynn, from the Diabetes Scotland Office, brought along a game which helps one estimate the amouns of sugar and fat in a large number of common foodstuffs. As group members played the game we learnt to better recognise more healthy food options.
A useful, lightheartd evening.

March 2017

Tony Doherty, a diabetes specialist nurse based in the south of Glasgow came along to talk about the various blood test carried out on diabetes patients.
Early on in his talk Tony found that he was being asked so many questions by those present that he developed his talk around those. Such was the demand for information from group members that the meeting went on much later than normal. Everyone present left having learnt something new about managing their diabetes.

February 2017

Janice Scrimger, one of our committee members produced a 'diabetes' quiz which she sucessfully used to generate discussion within the members present. So we had an evening of tea/coffee, biscuits and learnig a bit about diabtes.

January 2017

Gillian Currie of the Scottish charity, Chest Heart and Stroke, described the work of that organisation and its relavance to those of us with diabetes. She then went on to describe the symptoms of stroke and the importance getting treatment as soon as possible. Gillian finished her talk by describing the kinds of lifestyle changes needed to minimise the risk of heart disease and stroke and how these are the same as those needed for good diabetes control.
Gillian then chatted to members of the group. Her talk was much appreciated by everyone present.

Latest news and events.

Our new 2018 -19 programme started on Wednesday 15th August

Meetings are held in the Croftfoot United Free Church of Scotland Hall, 349 Carmunnock Road, Glasgow, G44 5HH. Entrance to the hall is from Croftpark Ave. Meetings start at 7:15pm.
The latest details of our programme are available on the programme page.


The goup committee and members would like to thank SCOTMID for its generous donation of £350 to enable us to purchase a data projector and other equipment. This will make it easier for our speakers to show visual presentations at our meetings.

Catherine Henderson, our group chair, was nominated for a Diabetes UK, Inspire award for all the work she has done for our group.

Erskine Stall

Members of our group at a diabetes stall in Erskine Home in Bishopton. The home provides care for veterans and their spouses.

Diabetes Scotland has a new careline number.

Call or email the Diabetes Scotland Careline with any of your questions, concerns or feelings about living with diabetes.

Tel: 0141 212 8710 or email

9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.

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