REGISTERED carers and any keen members of the public in Redditch will have the chance later this month to receive free training in the understanding and treatment of diabetes.

The training sessions are being organised through Carers’ Careline, which has received funding through a Big Lottery grant.

Natalie Carney, carers’ services manager for Carers’ Careline, said: “Many carers do not realise that this is the role they have taken on as they are often caring for a family member such as a mother, daughter or husband, and feel that it is their duty to look after them.

“Carers’ Careline support these ‘hidden’ carers in Redditch who are over the age of 18 by offering information and advice, signposting, training, social groups, events and activities, telephone support, drop-in, counseling and bereavement support.”

The training sessions will be taking place in Room 2 of the Ecumenical Centre in Redditch, with a session on ‘Understanding diabetes, types of diabetes, and Who is at risk’ on Wednesday, May 21 from 11am-noon and again from 1-2pm.

A second session on ‘Treatment, regulating blood glucose levels with insulin, and diet’ is running on Wednesday, May 28 from 11am-noon, and repeated again from 1-2pm, with a third session running on Wednesday, June 4 on ‘Complications of diabetes, insulin administration, and effects of diabetes’ from 11am-noon and repeated from 1-2pm.

Anyone interested in attending the training sessions, should call 01527 66177 or write to stating whether they want the morning or afternoon sessions.

Carers’ Careline meets from Monday to Thursday every week in the Ecumenical Centre from 9am to 1pm.