East Midlands Network

Parents, Carers & Families

This page is dedicated to Parents/Carers and Families with Diabetes that live in the East Midlands Region. 

We have dedicated parent representatives who work on your behalf to give views to all healthcare professionals within the East Midlands and nationally to improve diabetes care regionally and nationally. 

There is a dedicated Facebook page for parents and carers that lets you connect to other families and offers you support. You can share your experiences and you will find useful information and details of any events in your area. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/midlandseast/  (East Midlands Paediatric Diabetes Network Parents Group)

To find out more you can contact the parent representatives for the network:

Kate Cullen on email at cullen.kate@btinternet.com

Rachael Cummings on email at Rachaelcummings@aol.com

Please download the Facebook Poster to display in clinics, and to forward onto people. 


Parents Meeting Report- 25th April 2015

Please find attached the report from the first ever parents meeting on the 25th of April 2015. 

Report from EM Parents Group Meeting- 25th April 2015.docx


Parents Meeting - Saturday the 1st of October 2016

The next Parents/Carers and Families meeting is on Saturday the 1st of October 2016 from 10am - 4pm at Stanwick Lakes in Northamptonshire. The programme is being finalised at the moment and as soon as ready more information will be published. 

Please find below a list of support groups that are available regionally, please click on the links to access more information. If you are involved in a support group that is not listed then please contact your parent representatives or the network coordinator Marie Atkins who will be happy to add this.



Type 1 diabetes - parent support group, Hinckley

Hinckly also run coffee mornings often, the next one will be advertised soon.


  • There is a Leicester Parents Group that have a website please go to: http://leicester-parents.diabetesukgroup.org 
  • They also have a Facebook Group and you can find this on Facebook under Leicestershire Parents Group.   


  • There is a Facebook group called Nottingham Type 1 Diabetes Kids.

Here are some resources that have been developed by the University College of London Hospitals, they have kindly agreed for their information to be included on these pages. 

Here is a link to some 'How to' videos that have been produced by UCLH, including 'How to insert a cannula', 'How to do an injection', How to do a Glucagon injection', as well as others. 


The UCLH team have also developed many information resources that are available for you to look at and read. Please go to their website https://www.uclh.nhs.uk/OurServices/ServiceA-Z/CYPS/PDIAB/Pages/Home.aspx for more information.