Barnaby Bee has been developed by Diabetes Christchurch to raise AWARENESS about diabetes and we carry the Diabetes “Bee Aware” emblem on our wings. We are a fun way of attracting donations and raising funds for people with diabetes to help provide: support for our members, community education and awareness programmes, brochures, information leaflets and resources about diabetes, support for research, advocacy and lobbying for people with diabetes, sponsorship and camps.

We also have numerous volunteers to help at our diabetes information stalls, at the A & P Show and Ellesmere Show, hospital stall and various health expos, as well as helping with photocopying and during our Diabetes Awareness Week in November each year.

We write various submissions to the Ministry of Health and PHARMAC, as well as lobbying and advocating to the CDHB on local issues for people with diabetes.

The committee meets on the last Monday of each month to organise awareness events, market day sales, opening meetings, as well as various fundraising projects to support our 1100+ members. We collaborate with Diabetes Youth Canterbury, and are interactively involved with various other professional diabetes service providers as well as with many other like-minded associated community groups and organisations.

We also provide a needle disposal service ( free if you are replacing your approved container or $2 per litre in your own container) and stock the full range of replacement insulin pens and log books.

Diabetes Christchurch also provides a range of aged related support groups who meet monthly and we have an armchair exercise group who meet each week ~ you are most welcome to attend any of these. We have a a large variety of diabetes information leaflets and brochures, diabetes recipe books, diabetes educational material and videos available.

Arm Chair Exercise Group @ Diabetes Christchurch
Jul 28 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Janice and Lee’s Support Group @ Diabetes Christchurch
Jul 28 @ 1:00 pm


April Meeting
For our April meeting we are pleased to welcome Yvonne Palmer from Aged Concern as our guest speaker. Yvonne will be giving an interesting talk on “Life without a car and Aged Concern services”.

Start time is a little later at 1:30pm

May Meeting
For our April meeting we are pleased to welcome Jo Stewart, Social Worker from the Diabetes Centre coming to have a talk on “Living with Diabetes”.

Start time is a little later at 1:30pm

Mums with Diabetes Group @ Diabetes Christchurch
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am

Come join us for morning tea, a chat and play time for the kids.

Arm Chair Exercise Group @ Diabetes Christchurch
Aug 4 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Lyttleton Harbour Group
Aug 7 @ 7:00 pm

Please call Rowena for further details.


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