Coming up at Diabetes Help Tauranga Youth

We are excited to announce that Researcher Madeline Hazleton (Victoria University) will be joining us at camp as a Camp Leader. Maddy will also be running a focus group for 13-18 year olds and finding out how we can make medical devices used in type one diabetes better/cooler/more effective. Click here to find out how you can get involved. Parent consent for under 16's here. 

We are also excited that Jamie Carpenter Raise Up Youth Co-ordinator and Targeted Health Specialist (YMCA) will be leading our evening programs. Jamie works in Tauranga and is keen to meet as many people as possible, build confidence and make sure we all have a great time!

The 2019 Family Camp is subject to terms and conditions. Contact us for more details

A type 1 diagnosis can be a steep learning curve and at times feel scary, overwhelming and lead to lots of questions. As a result, Diabetes New Zealand have launched the Diabetes NZ #1 pack which includes Jerry the bear, who has type 1 diabetes.   Some of our parents and children were introduced to Jerry at our Teddy Bears Picnic with Emily Wilson (IDF Young Ambassador).  Emily and Jerry have been travelling round New Zealand and popped in to see us during World Diabetes Month.  With the help of a Jerry the bear app, parents and children can discover how you can still play with your friends, take part in sport and enjoy your life to the full, all while learning more about managing type one diabetes.

Download a #1 pack application form 

Jerry the bear is only available for children (aged 4-10) living with Type 1 diabetes who reside in New Zealand and within 6 months of diagnosis.   The Diabetes NZ #1 pack is made possible by generous donations received from the 2017 Grocery Charity Ball. Thank you to DNZ,  Denise L’Estrange-Corbet and WORLD for designing the #1 bags and to Beyond Type 1 for sharing Jerry the Bear with New Zealand.

To get a bear you need to complete the application form above and will automatically be enrolled as a Diabetes New Zealand support member. Please also remember to sign up with Diabetes Help Tauranga Youth for $30 per year to take advantage of local special offers


Other Information

Looking for reliable websites/advice for your T1 teen?

Check out this info put together by a Diabetes Nurse Practitioner working in youth diabetes in NClick here

Parent Support Team

We acknowledge that many parents quickly become 'experts' in type one diabetes and have a lot to offer other newly diagnosed families, or families who are struggling with T1. As such, we are delighted to announce that our Parent Support Team is now up and running. Our Parent Support Team members do not give advice or make clincial suggestions, but they are able to come alongside other families, listen, understand, and offer practical help and solutions.  Call our INFOline on 07 5713422 if you would like to be linked up with another family who understand.
Click here for details of our team and other important information

Fundraisers Needed

We are looking for businesses to help sponsor our events for youth activities.  If you have or you know of a business that would sponsor one of our events please contact us.  We are currently looking to raise $15,000 for family camp 2019 and would love to hear from you if you can support us. 

Child going to University?

Check out Victoria University's fantastic service to young adults with Type 1 Diabetes or have a chat with our Diabetes Nurse Educator who has worked with young people heading off to Uni!

Wanting to meet other parents/families?

But don't want to do the group thing? Contact:  and we can put you in touch with families with children of similar age or location.

Safety at our Events

We take caring for our children/ youth very seriously and want to ensure that your child/youth remains safe whilst taking part in  any Diabetes Help Tauranga or Diabetes Help Tauranga Youth events.  We have in place a number of Policies/Procedures to ensure we can do this; these include inducting all volunteers, confidentiality policiescomplaints policy and our Vulnerable Child Policy.   If you would like to know more about these Policies/Procedures contact us on 07 5713422.

Looking for information about alcohol, driving and puberty? Check out the Starship Website

  Teddy Bears Picnic - The McLaughlin Family to include, Tammy (Mum), Kaly and Ayla (T1)
  with Tamara  McIlwrick (Diabetes Help Tauranga Administrator)

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