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Help understanding type 2 diabetes

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, which provides evidence-based advice to the NHS, recommends that everyone with diabetes is offered access to education sessions.

We believe that people with diabetes have the right to take control of their care. We have designed our programmes to support you in developing skills, knowledge and confidence so that you can take responsibility for decisions about managing your diabetes.

We provide two education sessions, Diabetes2gether and Diabetes4ward: both are three hours long and facilitated by specially trained diabetes educators.

We offer twelve courses every month that take place in eight locations across Oxfordshire, including Banbury, Bicester, Kidlington, Wantage, Witney, Abingdon, Oxford and Didcot. All of them are on a bus route and have disabled access and parking.

There are usually 6-10 people attending each course and supporters/carers are very welcome to attend.

The atmosphere is relaxed and discussion is encouraged for those that would like to join in.

Download a printable leaflet about our courses.


Or call us on 01869 604091, Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

You can also ask your GP or nurse to refer you

Please let us know if you have any special needs and we will do our best to help.


Diabetes2gether is ideal for people who are newly diagnosed or who have never previously attended a diabetes education session.

Topics discussed include:

  • Understanding diabetes and dispelling some common myths
  • Why eating well and keeping active are a vital part of managing your diabetes
  • Tips for healthy eating and being aware of which foods raise blood sugar levels
  • Blood sugar monitoring and an overview of diabetes treatments
  • Diabetes and driving (DVLA)
  • Opportunity to discuss emotional wellbeing and adjusting to new diagnosis
  • Explaining the importance of blood sugar levels, blood pressure and blood fats in
    reducing your risk of long term complications
  • Signposting to other relevant local supporting services


Diabetes4ward is a follow-on from Diabetes2gether but is also suitable for people who have not attended previous education, have had Type 2 diabetes for longer and are on more complex diabetes medications, including insulin.

Topics discussed include:

  • A recap of diabetes and the differences between Type 1 and 2 diabetes
  • Looking at food choices, portion size and weight management
  • What keeping active really means and overcoming obstacles to keeping active
  • Looking at diabetes medications in more detail
  • How to recognise and manage low blood sugar levels
  • What to do if you are unwell
  • The importance of your annual review, eye screening and looking after your feet
  • Practical tips for reducing your risk of long-term complications


The course seemed to bring together many of the pieces of information I have learned along the way.
I feel I now have all the information I need – the rest is up to me!
Absolutely superb, thank you. The session was a great help and motivation.
I found the session very useful, and now fully understand my condition and what I can do to help myself.


Diabetes 2gether / Diabetes 4ward

Last updated: 14 September, 2017