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Guide for parents and carers

Managing type 1 after a new diagnosis can be a steep learning curve. We know it can be tough, but there is help and support to help you through this early stage. Take your time and remember to be kind to yourself along the way.

Parents of a boy who has type 1 diabetes

Shared stories

Helpful resources

Browse and order our free information packs for people who have been recently diagnosed with type 1.

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Contents of JDRF's KIDSAC free resource for child newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Includes Rufus the bear, books and leaflets
Free

Kidsac

Our free KIDSAC helps parents and their children to deal with their diagnosis.

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Contents of JDRF's School Pack free resource to help teachers and parents manage type 1 diabetic children in educational setting
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School Pack

Our free School Pack includes information for teachers and parents on managing type 1, the symptoms of hypos and hypers and how to support a child with type 1 diabetes in educational and social settings

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Front cover of JDRF's Straight to the Point book. A guide about living with type 1 diabetes
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Straight to the Point book

This 170 page book is a useful reference to help you keep track and give you ideas for how to get the most out of life with type 1 diabetes.

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Collage of screenshots from JDRF's school e-learning module about type 1 diabetes
Free

School elearning module

This free e-learning module has been designed to help teaching staff provide appropriate support for children or young people with type 1 diabetes in their care.

Discovery One Walk Event Banner: Families enjoying OW

Further support and information

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Type 1 Diabetes Discovery magazine

Type 1 Discovery magazine

Type 1 Discovery is our 24-page magazine, giving you the latest news, events, features and research updates about type 1 diabetes and JDRF, three times a year.

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The type 1 community

Connect with people who understand what you’re going through. Explore social media groups, online forums, community events and read shared experiences.

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A you guy shown with type 1 technology on his arm. JDRF UK YouTube type 1 diabetes technology video playlist where we discuss apps for managing type 1.

YouTube playlists

Our YouTube channel includes technology explainer videos, Discovery event videos on many type 1 topics, and films of people with type 1 discussing tech.

How you can help

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Give

Your donations make a real difference to the lives of everyone living with type 1 diabetes and the people who care for them.

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Fundraise

By joining one of our fundraising events or planning your own, you’ll be helping fund type 1 research that’s making headway.

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Shop

Buy JDRF merchandise including T-shirts, cycling jerseys and pin badges and help support type 1 research.

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Volunteer

Build your skills, meet new people and have fun, all while making a real difference.

Join our social communities