Help those around the world who need assistance finding safety and security by donating to
LCIF's Refugees and Displaced Persons Fund. See how we are supporting Ukraine.

Home Diabetes Diabetes Peer Support Groups

Diabetes peer support groups


There are 463 million people living with diabetes around the world. Diabetes peer support groups allow your club, district or multiple district to actively support the diabetes community through hands-on service.

In the short term, diabetes peer support group participants establish connection and learn diabetes management skills from their peers. Over time, participants will feel a sense of community and acceptance that can lead to a better quality of life.

Diabetes Support Group

What are diabetes peer support groups?

Diabetes peer support groups are groups that encourage practical, social and emotional support exchanged between members of the community who are living with diabetes.

Did you know that in 2019, Lions and Leos reported over 1,100 activities to help increase or enhance diabetes peer support?

Diabetes peer support groups resources

The resources below feature everything you need to successfully start, run and improve a diabetes peer support group — including sample forms, group activities, frequently asked questions, surveys and more.

Diabetes Peer Support Groups Workbook
Diabetes Peer Support Groups Appendices
Diabetes Support Groups Project Planner

Additional resources

Use the resources below to help you make the most of your diabetes peer support group — from planning tips and fact sheets to resources on engaging your community and much more!

Diabetes peer support group testimonials

"I wanted to learn more so that I could make a difference. It can also increase your membership and volunteer helpers. There is very little monetary outlay for the club, just a small number of members' time and effort."
Lion David Morris, PDG
Congleton Lions Club England, District 105CN
"Support Groups help so much as everyone can swap ideas, solutions and through this they don’t feel alone. Make sure you have professional help to run the meetings. Listen sympathetically and don’t be judgmental."
Lion Anne Bowles
Mijas La Cala Lions Spain, District 116b
"Support groups offer flexibility. Our “Walk and Talk Diabetes” support group evolved into inviting community members to walk and talk in various local parks, community centers, and camp grounds instead of meeting in a club house."
Lion Michael Sarin
Toronto Doctors Lions Club Canada, District A-711

Report your support group service

Have you planned a diabetes peer support group? Report your project in the MyLion® section of your Lion Account or your regional reporting system! Remember, virtual service projects count toward your service reporting. This information helps us to better support you!