It is with regret that for personal reasons Dave Duff, our chair for the last 10 years or so, is stepping down as of September. It is important for the continuation of the group that someone takes up this position as soon as possible to allow for a transition period. We also urgently need other committee members with a view to the future. Without a full complement of office bearers, the group cannot function. Funds held may be transferred to Diabetes Scotland and there would be no further funding locally in Moray for children’s holidays, bus trips, pool sessions or any other initiatives which have helped support people with diabetes, their families and carers.

For details of the role of the chair, and other “job descriptions” for a local group committee, see the comprehensive advice on www.diabetes.org.uk/Local-Group-Portal/Starting-a-local-group .

Diabetes UK is the leading UK charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of all people affected by diabetes.

If you are interested and want more information, contact us via our web site or facebook pages or you can speak to the Volunteer Development team in Diabetes Scotland on 0141 245 6380.

This is an exciting time for diabetes, with several research projects nearing a positive outcome, such as new technology for glucose monitoring and control of insulin pumps, cell regeneration, new medications, the possibility of type2 reversal and type 1 immunisation.  However all these and more are funded through charitable donations, with funds raised by groups like ours. If you think you might want to take advantage of the cure when it is found, then please help us at the grassroots. We need more support from our members. When we have a fundraising event, it is the same small group of people who volunteer. This cannot continue. If we do not get more support from our members we are sorry to say that the group is in danger of closing down.

Our major fundraising Race Night on September 3 in the Seaforth Club, Elgin has had to be cancelled. Where there was lots of enthusiasm in the initial planning stages, very few bought tickets and promised help failed to materialise. This was to have been a fun night, a chance to get together, exchange information and experiences but we cannot run at a loss when the support disappears.

We are holding a meeting in Elgin Town Hall supper room on Sunday 23 October 2016 at 2pm and ask you to please attend. There will be a free discussion on the future of the group, what you as members want from a support group, what you are willing to do to support the group. Basically, where do we go from here? Even if you cannot attend, please go on the group website, click “contact us” and give us your thoughts.