Bradford Volunteer Receives Award For Work Supporting Young People With Diabetes
A dietitian from Bradford who volunteers at residential events for young people with Type 1 diabetes has received an award from Diabetes UK in recognition of her work.
Nusrat Kausar, 32, from Eccleshill, has volunteered for the charity for over four years. She was presented with the ‘Supporting Others’ award at an event on Saturday 30th June.
Nusrat, who works at both Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s University Hospital said: “I’ve loved being a part of Diabetes UK’s Type 1 children and family events. It’s been incredibly rewarding to see how much young people get from having a break and being able to spend time with other young people with Type 1. It’s incredible to watch their confidence and knowledge grow.”
Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. Type 1 is the most common type of diabetes in children and young adults and is not preventable or caused by being overweight. It is treated with daily insulin doses- taken either by injections or via an insulin pump.
Diabetes UK’s Type 1 events provide an opportunity for children and young people with the condition to have a short break filled with activities and the chance to learn more about managing diabetes. As a Registered Dietitian, Nusrat supports young people at the events to manage their diabetes through balancing diet, carbohydrate counting and exercise alongside taking their insulin.
Nusrat added: “It’s lovely to be recognised in this way. I have learnt so much from my time volunteering and have made lots of new friends in the other dedicated volunteers who help make the Type 1 events happen.”
Diabetes UK are currently refreshing their Type 1 events programme and Nusrat is supporting the charity to further develop the initiative which they are hoping to relaunch in 2019.
Michelle Stebbings, Senior Volunteer Development Lead at Diabetes UK said: “We are incredibly grateful for all the work Nusrat does to support our Type 1 events. We couldn’t offer this level of support to young people and their families without the dedication of volunteers like Nusrat. It’s an honour to be able to present her with this award.”
Bradford Volunteer Receives Award For Work Supporting Young People With Diabetes, 9th July 2018, 12:07 PM