JDRFInformation & supportNewly diagnosed with type 1 diabetesSupport for newly-diagnosed children

Support for newly-diagnosed children

A diagnosis of type 1 in the family can be a difficult and traumatic time for everyone involved. We’re here to make it just a little bit easier.

Information about living with type 1 diabetes

Understanding type 1

Learn about symptoms, the causes of type 1, complications and the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes

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Managing type 1

Read about managing blood glucose levels, managing hypos and hypers and how to do carb counting

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Treating type 1

Learn about blood glucose meters, injecting insulin and using insulin pumps, CGMs and flash glucose sensing

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Support for you and your child

Discovery Days

Come to a Discovery Day to meet other families living with type 1, listen to speakers talk about the latest research and find out more about JDRF

Find one near you

Online communities

Read others' stories, connect with people with type 1 online and get support, tips and links to other resources to help manage your child's type 1

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Order free information packs

Get free information packs and leaflets on coping with diagnosis, type 1 technology, supporting your child at school or university plus much more

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Type 1 Discovery magazine

Download our Type 1 Discovery magazine and get the latest research news, information about JDRF events and stories from people living with type 1.

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Useful links

Find online and offline resources, helplines, support groups and practical information to help with diagnosis and management of type 1

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Shared experiences

Read real-life stories on our blog from people with type 1 on topics from travelling to technology and exercise to emotions

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Diagnosis stories

Coming to terms with a type 1 diabetes diagnosis

Ruth Fitzgerald shares her experiences as a parent, following her daughters’ recent diagnosis.

Read Ruth's story

I want people to know it's a shock but you can handle it

Actress Nina Wadia talks about the shock and confusion her son's diagnosis caused, and how they dealt with it

Read Nina's story

Order your free KIDSAC

Order your free KIDSAC, which includes Rufus, the bear with type 1 diabetes. He has special patches to show where his injection sites are.

The pack also includes a handy kit bag and leaflets and further information to support you through the condition.

Order your free KIDSAC now

Myth or fact?

Quiz questionYou or your child might start to hear people say stuff about type 1 diabetes that simply isn’t true. Next time you hear a myth, come back with a fact.

Here’s a quick quiz to help you!

Take the quiz

Order a free Parents' Guide

Our free School Pack includes facts about type 1, how to manage hypos and hypers and a Parents' Guide including useful things to think about when inviting a child with type 1 round to play or for tea or a sleepover.

Order your free pack

How to get involved

Youth Ambassador Programme

If you’d like to bust the myths and teach people the facts about type 1 diabetes, become a JDRF Youth Ambassador.

Find out more about this exciting role

Fundraise at school

Schools across the country are raising money to help fund our life changing research. View fun ideas for you to try at school

Fundraising ideas for schools