A large number of people in the United Kingdom have type 2 diabetes. As such, there is a lot of help and support out there for you.

In attending this EMPOWER course, you are part of a group of people from your local area, together sharing experiences and learning about:

  • Diet
  • Exercise and lifestyle changes
  • Medication
  • Setting personal goals
  • How to take better control of your diabetes


Having the right care is important in helping you to manage your diabetes. As well as looking after yourself, you will have an annual review meeting with your GP or nurse. This is where you can discuss your personal targets and agree a plan of action to help you reach them.

Areas of care you should think about and discuss with your GP or nurse at your next review can include:

  • Podiatry (foot care)

  • Eye Screening

  • Stopping smoking

  • Emotional well-being

  • Diet support

  • Weight management

  • Exercise schemes

  • Alcohol awareness

Services in Surrey Downs

There is a wide range of local services available to you if you live in Surrey Downs. These include:

Stop Smoking

Quit 51 provide a free stop smoking service across Surrey. Support is delivered by specially trained advisers.

Quit 51 one-to-one sessions take place in clinics or community settings. Quit 51 also offers support over the phone on 0800 622 6968

Get Active

Active Surrey is hosted by Surrey County Council, they provide a wide range of activities and help for people who want to get active. Activities include:

  • Football

  • Bowling

  • Dance

  • Gym

  • Nordic Walking

For further information you can contact Active Surrey on 01483 518944

Losing Weight

The Healthy Surrey website was set up by the Surrey Health and Wellbeing Board to act as an online resource for health and well-being information.

The website includes advice and information on how to get help with losing weight:

Substance Misuse

I-access supports people in Surrey who want help with their drug misuse and/or alcohol addiction.

I-access offers various types of support such as:

  • one-to-one counselling sessions;

  • group sessions;

  • recovery support;

  • needle exchange;

  • vaccinations; and

  • testing.

You can contact I-access on 0300 222 5932

Mental Health Support

Asking for help can be a hard step to take. There are many ways that you can get confidential support. Mental health support can be provided in various forms such as face-to-face, telephone and online.

In the first instance, talk to your GP. They should be able to assess your heath and support you to make a choice on your next step.

First Steps Surrey offer advice and support that can direct you to the right service. This is a free service.

You can contact First Steps Surrey on 0808 801 0325

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Crisis Mental Health Helpline on 0300 456 8342 - available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.