Tips from expert

PC Steve Davies with the group
PC Steve Davies with the group

A GROUP set up to support people living with diabetes has been receiving tips from a crime prevention expert.

Hartlepool Diabetes Group meets on the first and third Friday of every month at Hartlepool Central Library, in the town’s York Road.

As well as providing a support network and an opportunity to find out about the latest developments in the health condition, they also receive visits from various guest speakers on a range of health and non-health related issues.

The most recent speaker was PC Steve Davies, a crime prevention officer and a member of the Safer Hartlepool Team, who visited the group and gave members a talk on home and personal safety.

PC Davies also promoted the new 101 telephone number for the non-emergency police contact.

The group’s facilitator Hayley Hakansson, who has been a member since she was diagnosed with diabetes three years ago, said: “The group is a wide range of ages so the talk was helpful.”

The group’s next meeting will take place this Friday at the library and the guest speakers will be a dietician and podiatrist from the University Hospital of Hartlepool, as diet and feet issues are important concerns to people living with diabetes.

The group’s annual general meeting is Friday, November 16.

Members meet between 10am and noon for each fortnightly session, in the library’s community room.

The group will also be involved in the forthcoming Diabetes Wellness Day, taking place at Hartlepool Maritime Experience between 9.30am and 4pm on Saturday, November 17.

Since the group featured in the Hartlepool Mail in July, Hayley said four new members have now joined.

“The group iqs growing thanks to the Mail,” she added.

For more information about Hartlepool Diabetes Group, which is also open to people from East Durham, visit or call 07818132671