The aim of the 2018 TADpole day was for the young people attending to create an encouraging video to show to someone of a similar age who has just been diagnosed. The young people involved used their creativity to plan the content and to get involved in the production of the video. They showed great enthusiasm and had many words of wisdom and insight.
The video below is the outcome of a really fun day and we hope that other young people with diabetes will find it helpful.
The day was run and produced in collaboration with Digibete. DigiBete is a video platform to share videos and educational resources about Type 1 Diabetes. Their content is designed to help support children, young people and families self manage their own diabetes by extending the reach of clinical teams online. You can find out more about them here
In 2017 we held the first TADpole event for young people with diabetes and siblings aged 8-12 years. The day started in the main lecture theatre to hear Jen Grieves and Gavin Griffiths talk about their experiences.
The second session of the day was an outdoor fun interactive session learning about diabetes in the context of exercise and games organised by Gavin Griffiths founder of Diathlete.
The final part of the day was a Q&A session with Gavin and Thomas Raeymaekers from the team Novo professional cycling team. The conversation was facilitated by Halina Flannery, a paediatric psychologist who works with young people with Type 1 diabetes.