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Welcome to the Website of the Glasgow South Diabetes Scotland Group

Due to Covid-19 our group meetings are cancelled. It is unlikely we will be able resume these in the forseeable future. The work of Diabetes Scotland however continues, muck of it online. For details contact the secretary or see the Diabetes Scotland website.

What do we do?
The group provides a chance for people with diabetes and their families/carers to get together for support and information about diabetes care and treatment. It is run by a small group of volunteers who plan the meetings and arrange for speakers to talk on subjects usually related to diabetes. As part of a national charity 'Diabetes UK' we can provide their information leaflets on a range of topics as well as information about their many services.

Where do we meet?
From September 2016 our meetings will be held in the Croftfoot United Free Church of Scotland Hall, 349 Carmunnock Road, Glasgow G44 5HH.
Click here for directions and a map.

What happens at the meetings?
It is very informal. We have a speaker on a topic of interest to those with diabetes. There is usually a lively discussion and a chance for people to ask questions. After the speaker we have tea/coffee and a plain biscuit. We have in the region of 20-30 people at each meeting, although this varies for different reasons. You don't require to book a place - just turn up whenever it suits you - you will be made very welcome. A full programme of our meetings for the year is available by clicking on the programme link.

How often are the meetings?
We meet on the third Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm till 9.00pm from August to November and February to May. For details of the next meeting or our programme click on the programme link or contact us.

Is there a cost to attend?
NO - anyone with an interest in diabetes is welcome. Our group is made up of people with diabetes and those with an interest in learning more about diabetes. We aim to be a self-supporting group. There are Diabetes UK membership forms available if you want to join. We also try to have back numbers of 'Balance' magazine which is always full of useful information and articles.

Our recent meetings

October 2019

Linda McGlynn from Diabetes Scotland explaind some of the changes being planned by the health board around their retinal screening program. Linda also showed us some of the proposed designs of retinal screening leaflets and sought the opinions of the group

September 2019

Marie Jarvis gave a very interesting talk about how to substitute unhealthy snacks with much healthier alternatives. Marie then went on to talk about healthy nutrition in general.

August 2019

Dr Chris Smith, a consultant in diabetes, gave us a very interesting talk covering improvements in the types of insulin available and how they can make life easier for those with diabetes who are insulin dependent. He then went on to outline improvements and new findings regarding the effects of a number of classes of drugs used to treat diabetes

Dr Chris Smith addressing our meeting

Dr Smith pic

April 2019

Dr Steven Patterson, researcher at Glasgow Caledonian University gave us a fascinating overview of some of the latest research being carried out into diabetes. Steven then went on to touch on how research might improve diabetes treatment in the future.

March 2019

Tony Doherty, a diabetes specialist nurse, made a detailed presentation on the various eye complications which can arise from diabetes. Tony then answered a wide variety of questions from those present.

February 2019

For our first meeting of 2019 Heather Munro from the Hampden Foot Clinic gave a very interesting talk on how best take care of our feet and avoid the complication associated with diabetes. After her talk Heather and her assistant gave those present the opportunity to have their feet examined if they thought they may have a problem.

Latest news and events.

Four members of our group collected £153 for Diabetes UK outside B & Q in Darnley on Saturday 13 July

Darnley collection pic

For International Diabetes Day, 14th November, Glasgow Caledonian University held a diabetes awareness day in the Dixon Halls community centre.
Some members of our group provided an information stall at this event. G.S. information stall

Our new 2019 -20 programme started on Wednesday 21st August

Meetings are held in the Croftfoot United Free Church of Scotland Hall, 349 Carmunnock Road, Glasgow, G44 5HH. Entrance to the hall is from Croftpark Ave. Meetings start at 7:15pm.
The latest details of our programme are available on the programme page.


The goup committee and members would like to thank SCOTMID for its generous donation of £350 to enable us to purchase a data projector and other equipment. This will make it easier for our speakers to show visual presentations at our meetings.

Members of our group at a diabetes stall in Erskine Home in Bishopton. The home provides care for veterans and their spouses.

Diabetes Scotland has a new careline number.

Call or email the Diabetes Scotland Careline with any of your questions, concerns or feelings about living with diabetes.

Tel: 0141 212 8710 or email

9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.

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