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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

April 2019

Dr Steven Patterson, researcher at Glasgow Caledonian University gave us a fascinating overview of some of the latest research being carried out into diabetes. Steven then went on to touch on how research might improve diabetes treatment in the future.

March 2019

Tony Doherty, a diabetes specialist nurse, made a detailed presentation on the various eye complications which can arise from diabetes. Tony then answered a wide variety of questions from those present.

February 2019

For our first meeting of 2019 Heather Munro from the Hampden Foot Clinic gave a very interesting talk on how best take care of our feet and avoid the complication associated with diabetes. After her talk Heather and her assistant gave those present the opportunity to have their feet examined if they thought they may have a problem.

November 2018

Ruth Hart from the Glasgow Disability Alliance together with a tutor from that organisation gave us a very interesting talk on the work of the alliance.
The Alliance provides valuable support in many areas of the lives of people living with a disability. Everyone present received a bag of goodies and a neck and shoulder massage.

October 2018

Rachael McLean from Diabetes Scotland talked about the work of Diabetes Scotland in helping those of us living with diabetes and the importance of supporting research in to diabetes. The charity Diabetes UK of which Diabetes Scotland is a part get no public funding and Rachael emphasised the importance of fundraising for the organisation.

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

Latest news and events.

For International Diabetes Day, 14th November, Glasgow Caledonian University held a diabetes awareness day in the Dixon Halls community centre.
Some members of our group provided an information stall at this event. G.S. information stall

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.

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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