By 2035 around 44,000 people across the borough are projected to have the condition, the majority of which will have type 2 diabetes. This makes the prevention and management of the chronic condition a public health priority.
The signs that you have type 2 diabetes may not be obvious, or there may be no signs at all. That’s why it’s important to know the diabetes risk factors, particularly for South Asian and Black African or Caribbean people.
After identifying a need to improve health awareness and understanding of the long term condition in the South Asian community, the Asian Resource Centre Croydon partnered with NHS South West London and Successful Diabetes to launch DoSA: A type 2 diabetes education pilot programme for people of South Asian heritage.
Developed in collaboration with people of South Asian heritage with lived experience of the condition, the bespoke programme aims to reduce diabetes related distress and the emotional burden of living with the chronic condition. Delivered over 12 weeks the free course will support 100 Croydon residents with diabetes to develop increased knowledge about their condition and confidence to manage it effectively.
Diabetes Specialist Nurse Rosie Walker explains that “We understand that some people find the idea of managing their diabetes overwhelming and it can feel like an emotional burden at times.”
The DosA programme is great for providing that practical support to manage diabetes effectively in a way that’s culturally understanding of the South Asian culture, lifestyle, and diet.”Rosie Walker, Diabetes Specialist Nurse
“We’ve trained nine residents so far, many with lived experience of type 2 diabetes to become community course facilitators. They’ll be there to provide coaching and motivational support to participants throughout the programme, so people never have to feel like they’re on their own.
“We really hope the DoSA programme will help people to grow in confidence when it comes to managing their condition and that by taking part, they’ll find strategies that work best for them.”
DoSA Facilitators in training
DoSA provides a wealth of information, self-assessments, practical exercises and quizzes to support people to reflect on their health and make positive changes to improve their quality of life. Participants can expect to dedicate around 30 minutes a day to the programme to complete learning and fitness activities.
The free and flexible course includes:
- A practical home-based learning manual filled with healthy lifestyle and fitness recommendations
- Two practical resources to support healthy eating, cooking and managing South Asian celebrations at home
- A journal to track eating patterns and capture your thoughts and feelings throughout the programme
- Three motivational support phone calls with a trained DoSA Facilitator
Register for DoSA
You can join the DoSA programme if you:
- Are from a South Asian background and lifestyle
- Have been diagnoses with Type 2 Diabetes
- Are registered with a GP in Croydon
Register using the link below or contact Zenab Aurangabadwala for more information.
Know your risk of Type 2 diabetes
Finding out your risk of type 2 diabetes only takes a few minutes. It could be the most important thing you do today.Diabetes UK – Know your risk of type 2 diabetes