Sandra Tweddell, Co-chair of the People in Health West of England (PHWE) operational group, has been put under the spotlight for her extensive volunteer work for Diabetes UK.
Sandra has been volunteering with Diabetes UK since November 2010. Having lived with Type 1 diabetes since 1961 she is very conscious of varying levels of diabetes care across the country. As a result, she wanted to work to ensure that people with diabetes receive the best possible care to enable them to understand and manage their condition. Moving to Bristol, she found no local support groups so was instrumental in developing the structure of the Bristol Diabetes Support Network, which included a Strategy group involving members of Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group and Bristol Community Health. This provided a forum for two-way communication of people’s experiences of diabetes care and developments in diabetes care.
We, too, have benefited from her tireless contributions, as Sandra has been a member of the PHWE Operational Group since 2016, and become the public contributor Co-Chair in November 2018.