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Diabetes support 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 condition and live a healthy life.

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 hope that having completed our free courses you will be able to make changes to your lifestyle with the on-going support of your practice nurse or GP at your own surgery.

We provide two education sessions:

  • Diabetes2gether for people newly diagnosed
  • Diabetes4ward for people who have had the condition for longer or have more complex needs

Both cater for between six and 12 people and are facilitated by specially trained diabetes educators. Diabetes2gether sessions are three hours long, while Diabetes4ward is slightly longer, lasting for three-and-a-half hours.

The atmosphere is relaxed and discussion is encouraged for those who would like to join in. You are welcome to bring along a friend or relative for support.

We offer 12 courses each month that are bookable online here and take place at these locations across Oxfordshire:

Click the links for directions. Each venue is on a bus route. They all have disabled access and parking either on site or nearby.

Take a look at our printable leaflet for further details

Online: You can book a course here

Email us:

Call us: 01869 604091, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

You can also ask your GP or nurse to refer you to us.

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. Check out the courses available here

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. Check out the courses available here

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: 28 November, 2018