One tech forum I used to be on had n00b, novice and expert based in entirely on the number of posts you have made.Mmm - the 'nomenclature' thing is purely an accident of forum software @Lanny - but there again I only know that having been closely involved in one diabetes forum for a very long time, otherwise I wouldn't, and don't even know what I'm labelled offhand! It doesn't concern me what sort of label people have cos sometimes people aren't right even though they're Admin or Founder Member or whatever! Everybody human makes mistakes!
PS I see I'm Well-Known too, so snap!
I was really cheesed off at the time as I felt it was an important resource for those that didn’t have computers,(which would be rare now I think) and there was still something good about actually being there to actually listen to people. However there were fewer and fewer calls and when you see how much traffic and how many members there are on here it does make a lot more sense to focus resources on this.I'd forgotten about that. I used the e-mail version. It was good. Pitty it's gone
It’s starting up again as I’ve just volunteered. It’s called a befriending service. Do you think it’s the same sort of thing? Just “ passed” my DBS, done some Zoom training and now waiting to be partnered up. This is Cumbria though, it’s a big county with a small population and rural communities. I think this is the perfect time to start it up again. You never know they might roll it out over the country again.I came to the forum after volunteering on the DUK Telephone Peer Support, which was then stopped. I was unsure about joining as I had never been involved with any forums. I was made so welcome, and that was it.
I have learnt most of what I know about day to day management of my Diabetes from others on here, and found tremendous support from other members. It has also been great seeing others at forum meet ups.
I learnt about the Libre and also about pump options from this forum, as well as pre blousing, exercise strategies, ....
Just glad that I found the forum.
DUK is a great support for people. Its a great forum with great people and a lovely place to come to enjoy some sharing and indulge in some exchanges in information, informative, generally and friendly communications.Without wanting to go all Monty Python, I was just wondering if anyone would like to share their experiences of the forum, and the differences it has made to their diabetes management, their confidence, and their life with diabetes.
I truly believe the forum is a brilliant, supportive and transformative place - but the number of people with diabetes who join and get the benefit is tiny when compared to the entire population of PWD in the UK.
Diabetes UK are trying to work out how to better spread the word and encourage other to join, engage and experience the support and friendship of the forum for themselves, and it would be great to have some of your thoughts about how you came to join and the difference it has made to you.
How did you hear about it?Was it recommended? Or did you find it by searching?Did you lurk first, or jump right in?How has the forum helped you?What sort of things make you keep coming back?
Anyone got any short and snappy soundbites to offer??
I can't remember which telephone line cost more. I'd run a couple of Diabetes Uk ones (inc. Peer Support), Cariomyopathy, and several other places. The call charges added up. (Which is why I used the e-mail contact for the Peer Support).I was really cheesed off at the time as I felt it was an important resource for those that didn’t have computers,(which would be rare now I think) and there was still something good about actually being there to actually listen to people. However there were fewer and fewer calls and when you see how much traffic and how many members there are on here it does make a lot more sense to focus resources on this.
The support group I've been to the most, the guy running it (at the least) appears completly uninterested in the forum.One of my suggestions for many years still doesn't appear to have been taken up with any concerted effort - to tap into the huge number of 'offline' DUK support groups across the country.
Yes, without wishing to denigrate the work they do I think that some of the group leaders, if they are not comfortable themselves in using the forum, are less-inclined to promote it They might have less excuse though if promotion was officially 'pushed' by DUKThe support group I've been to the most, the guy running it (at the least) appears completly uninterested in the forum.