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Diabetes Discovery Weekend held at Leeds Metropolitan University

Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the type 1 diabetes charity, has joined forces with Getting Sorted – Leeds Metropolitan University’s award-winning diabetes enterprise unit – to host an innovative residential camp for families with type 1 diabetes. The event, called Type 1 Discovery Weekend, will be hosted by Well Met Conferencing and will run from 16 to 18 August.

The camp will bring attendees up to date with the latest type 1 diabetes research, enable them to share experiences and insight, and will include inspirational talks from high profile people with diabetes.

The Getting Sorted Enterprise Unit specialises in participatory research with children and young people with type 1 diabetes, their families and healthcare professionals. The aim of this is to develop, influence and enhance service redesign and service improvement in the UK.

The Type 1 Discovery Weekend includes workshops, activities and evening entertainment taking place in the James Graham building, with two nights’ full board on-campus accommodation at Carnegie Village. The in-house catering team will be providing nutritionally planned meals, with all foods being carb counted and clearly labelled.

Attendees will take part in group sessions, with experts on-hand to answer questions on a range of subjects including, nutrition and carb counting, schools, transition from paediatric to adult services, insulin pumps and JDRF's research into the cure for type 1 diabetes. There will also be a motivational speech from Channel Swimmer, Matt Cox, himself a type 1 diabetic.

Kate Davis, Head of Business Development for Leeds Metropolitan University, said: “We are delighted that we are involved with such an event which helps young people and their families cope with diabetes. We pride ourselves on being very flexible and being able to offer high quality, practical accommodation which was an important factor for JDRF, who were looking for a safe and secure environment for families, without compromising on the standard of accommodation. Located right in the heart of the Headingley campus, participants can benefit from a range of different spaces, which will suit the range of activities taking place over the weekend. Well Met was also able to fulfill the client’s need for flexible catering – because we are able to cater in-house we could work with JDRF to develop a special menu, with carefully planned, nutritionally balanced meals.”

Chris Normington, Development Manager at JDRF North, said: “We were looking for an academic venue, which would be able to give the young people on the course a taster of what university life can be like, as well as being able to offer high quality accommodation and sports facilities. The fact that Leeds Metropolitan University has a specialism in this area was a big draw for us, as was the safe and picturesque campus.”

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