Support for people at risk of Type 2 diabetes

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Mind in Bexley has partnered with London Borough of Bexley, Parkwood Leisure, Bexley Health LTD and Charlton Athletic Trust to support delivery of Beat, a two year physical activity programme funded by Sport England which aims to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.

Beat offers Bexley residents who are at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes one free physical activity each week for the duration of the project and the opportunity to work with a mentor for up to 6 months. If you would like to learn more about Beat or how to take part please visit: intothebeat.co.uk

Mind in Bexley coordinates the peer mentoring element of the Beat programme. We recognise that making changes can be difficult without support and so the peer support programme matches participants with a mentor who can provide encouragement.

Mentors have previous experience of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes (e.g. high blood pressure and BMI >25) and have made positive changes to reduce their risk. Mentors understand the barriers to exercise faced by Beat participants and use their personal experience to support participants to plan and implement lifestyle related goals. Mind in Bexley provides volunteer mentors with training on communication skills, maintaining boundaries, motivational interview techniques and goal setting. Ongoing support and networking opportunities are also available to volunteers
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If you are interested in volunteering as a Peer Mentor for Type 2 diabetes prevention please contact Dawn (Peer Support Coordinator) on the details below. You can also view our ad or download an application form, or read about our current volunteers.

Tel: 020 8303 5816 (Option 4)
Email: ehendricks@mindinbexley.org.uk

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