Jamie Lowe was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2015 after graduating from university. He works as a journalist and presenter for Bristol Live TV.
He regularly volunteers for JDRF by lending his filmmaking and journalism skills. Here he tells us more about it:
“I’m Jamie Lowe I live in Bristol and I’m a lot of things but mostly a presenter and broadcast journalist and an interesting fact about me is that I have a toe with no nail (yep you read that correctly).
I’ve been working with JDRF over the last few months creating online content which I hope encourages people with type 1 diabetes to not look at life so seriously, as well as raise awareness of JDRF’s great work and the supportive type 1 community.
How I have volunteered
I first hosted a JDRF event at Drayton Manor theme park a couple of years ago. But it’s only recently that I’ve begun to get more serious about offering up my skills to help a good cause.
I’ve made a film on JDRF’s London Marathon runners, written a feature article for Type 1 Discovery magazine and I regularly support JDRF by acting as a social media ambassador – creating content to help increase the reach and engagement of JDRF’s campaigns on their Twitter, Instagram and Facebook page and sharing the content to my social media followers.
I’ve started a podcast called All 4 One and made a short film about the JDRF supporters who ran the London Marathon, which you can watch on my YouTube channel.
Recently I visited the JDRF office in London to find out what sort of help they needed in terms of content creation which gave me loads of inspiration and ideas to get cracking with videos and a podcast. I’m always looking for new stories and fun people to collaborate with. So if you’re reading this and want to get involved then find me online.
Why I volunteer
My volunteering with JDRF is great because I basically do what I do for work and a hobby and it supports a great cause, whether it’s helping to get JDRF in the news or just being a person that’s good at talking in front of cameras.
I started working in TV the same year as I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and I was always very passionate about spreading awareness and breaking misconceptions. Now with the support of JDRF I can do that and actually get my content to reach people with type 1 like me.
What I’ve learnt
What I’ve learnt is that people are really on the lookout for great type 1 diabetes related content, which is fantastic. I’ve also discovered how many other people want to be a part of this great cause for positive change, which is inspiring and a motivating factor to keep going.
Also when people think ‘volunteer’ what immediately comes to mind is shaking a bucket of change at people but I’ve found that it can be so much more than that. I can use my skills to give back to an amazing charity.
My best moment
Seeing the JDRF supporters welcome marathon finishers as they entered the finishers’ party. It was just great to be in such a positive place and I love any excuse to whoop or cheer.
My advice for people who are thinking about volunteering
Volunteering is not strictly defined. It can be as little or as much as you can manage. If you can marshal events or raise loads of money then amazing!
But if you have something else to offer like me, then consider how you could help JDRF that way. Your skills and your time are just as valuable as a financial donation.”