DIABETICS in Cumbria are being encouraged to talk to each other through Diabetes UK's Cumbria Befriending Circle.The scheme was launched in March 2019 and has been connecting people across the area, either by phone or email, for the past year.

With Diabetes UK group meetings cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, a fresh call has gone out for more people to join the befriending circle.

Upon contacting Diabetes UK, anyone living with diabetes or caring for someone with the condition is matched with a trained Diabetes UK volunteer in Cumbria who has been affected in a similar way to them.

The Diabetes UK Cumbria Befriending Circle is open to anyone affected by the condition in the area and the charity is encouraging people who would like to try it to get in touch. To find out more email n.west@diabetes.org.uk.