Maternity Mates provide practical and emotional support to pregnant women.

Please click here for further information.

Support starts from the 5th month of pregnancy, through to birth and the early weeks of motherhood.

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Become a Diabetes Befriender

The WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) Diabetes Befriending project provides practical support to people with Type 2 diabetes, enabling and empowering them to manage their condition more confidently and effectively.  Please click here to read more about the project.

What is a Diabetes Befriender?

A Diabetes Befriender is trained by WHFS to support people with Type 2 diabetes living in Tower Hamlets to manage their condition.  This is a highly rewarding role and Befrienders make a significant difference to the health and wellbeing of the people they help.

Who can become a Diabetes Befriender?

  • You must be a resident of Tower Hamlets
  • You must have direct knowledge of Type 2 diabetes, either as a patient or have a family member with the condition
  • If you have a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, you must be able to manage your condition before you can enrol as a Diabetes Befriender

Training provided by WHFS

  • In-house training on Type 2 diabetes and working with diabetics
  • Induction training on volunteering for WHFS
  • On-going support

You will also receive

  • Training as above, as well as access to further training opportunities
  • On-going group supervision
  • Individual support where necessary

What is expected of a Diabetes Befriender?

We ask all potential volunteers to make sure they are willing and able to make the following commitment when applying to become a Diabetes Befriender:

  • Volunteer for a minimum of 6 months
  • Volunteer for at least 2 hours per week
  • Attend training where necessary
  • Abide by all WHFS policies and procedures on equal opportunities, diversity, and confidentiality 

DBS Checks

  • All Diabetes Befrienders undergo DBS checks (criminal record checks).

How to enrol as a Diabetes Befriender

  • WHFS recruits and trains Befrienders throughout the year
  • Please contact us (details below) for an application form
  • We will invite you for an informal interview once we have received the completed application form


For further information, please contact:

Marium Islam - Project Worker
T:  020 7377 8725
M: 07960 327 107
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