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Diabetes UK run a series of events through the year, Diabetes UK calendar , and see the nationally organised events

Next Events/Meetings

When 2018 Future Event Who Where Book
Sunday 16th September Ten Pin Bowling all welcome Watford's Hollywood Bowl Tickets TBC

10 Pin Bowling at Hollywood Bowl, Watford, Sunday 16th September

Come along and join us for a game of 10 pin bowling at Hollywood Bowl, Watford. This event is open to members of DASH with T1 Diabetic children and siblings. This is a great event for parents, children with Type 1 Diabetes and siblings to meet, share ideas and have some fun. There are a limited number of places so please book early to avoid disappointment.
We look forward to seeing you there!

What: 10 pin bowling
Where: Hollywood Bowl, Woodside Leisure Park, Kingsway, Garston. WD25 7JZ.
When: Sunday 16th September 2018
Time: 3pm
Cost: Free for children with Type 1 and their siblings
Number of games: 1
Food: Not included but there is a range of food and drinks available to purchase if needed
Ages: All ages are welcome

Booking is via Eventbrite (coming soon)
We are accepting bookings up to 5pm on Sunday 9th September.

We plan to run a number of other events later on in the year:
• July 2018 – Picnic in the Park (Relaxed event for families to meet & kids to play)
• Sep 2018 – Ten Pin Bowling (Probably aimed at teens – but parents & younger siblings welcome!)
• Oct 2018 – Skateboard Session at Pioneer Club (Includes a qualified instructor and chance to practice new founds skills)
• Oct/Nov 2018 – Meeting : Technology Update (Repeat session where our Treasurer will explain some more latest advances in the growing accessible Diabetes technology field)

We meet at the St Albans Irish Centre. Location: Cotlandswick/North Orbital Rd, St Albans AL2 1DW (Take the A414, heading SW from the London Colney Roundabout. Take first turning left, look out for ‘Sports Club’ sign before the turn, then  the ‘Irish Centre’ sign at the turning.)

Past Events & Meetings

DASH is a long established support group and has historically offered regular meetings for parents (often with guest speakers) and a few family/ teen events each year.

Swim/inflatables party at Westminster Lodge – Saturday 9th June 2018.

Great turn out for our swim & inflatables party!

DASH meeting and AGM – Wed June 6th.

Thanks again to Kayleigh for coming down and giving a talk on independent thriving with diabetes. Great to hear about her experience living with Type 1.

Roller City – Sun, March 4th 2018
The annual DASH Roller City Skate Party this year saw 51 attending from 14 families. We had 2 hours of fun and several new families attended. 

“Just wanted to thank you for such a great event today. My daughter really enjoyed it and we all learnt a great deal from other parents and children at the event. Many thanks.” Melanie B

We met at The Pioneer Club, the oldest indoor skatepark in the UK, for an afternoon of skating fun! We were lucky enough to have a coach on the day, so whether you had a skateboard, scooter, roller boots or blades you could give it a go!! 

In January, 2017 we held a ‘Diabetes Tech talk & discussion’. One of our young members Dawn Richardson accompanied her Dad to share her experiences of living with advanced monitoring technology such as having BG results on her wrist and visible to carers.
With 30+ years working in IT and almost 14 years with diabetes intruding in the family, our Treasurer of 13 years (David Richardson) shared observations and insights into technology options available now to help manage the condition.
Since setting Dawn up with Nightscout, David has also developed a PC application that performs trend analysis on BG results. He has released it for free use, and at the event you can receive details of a Google Drive link to download your free copy.
This event was very well attended and a great discussion followed the talk. Thanks to Dawn & David.


In 2016 (November, March & May) & Nov 2915 we held parties for children. Over 40 children enjoyed the fun and new friendships were made. DASH were able to largely fund these event, due to donations from members & friends.Thank you so much!

We are very fortunate to be chosen to be a beneficiary of Harpenden Lions Club’s ‘Highland Gathering’ this year. It was on Sunday 10th July at Rothamstead Park, Harpenden. It was an exciting day with lots of things to do and great entertainment, despite the wet start! Any funds that we are fortunate to get, will be used to fund more activities for families affected by T1D.

When Past Event Who Where
Sunday March 4th 3pm Roller City Everyone Roller City Welwyn Garden City
Sat 11 November 5.30 Skating session all welcome The Pioneer Club Heathlands Drive Harpenden Road St. Albans AL3 5AY
Sunday 16 July 12.30 Summer Picnic all welcome Verulamium Park St Albans AL3 4SW
Saturday May 13 6 – 8pm Inflatables Swim Party age 8+ Westminster Lodge St Albans
Sunday Feb 26 6-8pm Roller Skating & AGM Family event Roller City Welwyn Garden Centre
Tuesday Jan 31 8pm Tech talk & discussion parents and older children St Albans Irish Centre
Sunday 13 Nov 2.15pm – 3.30pm Climbing Wall Party Children age 4-6 Westminster Lodge St Albans
Sunday 13 Nov 2.15pm – 4.00pm Climbing Wall Instructed Session Children age 7+ Westminster Lodge St Albans
Tuesday 8 Nov 8pm Talk and Q&A with a Clinical Psychologist Parents St Albans Irish Centre
Sunday 10 July 10am-5pm Harpenden Lions Club's 'Highland Gathering' families Rothamstead ParkHarpenden
Tuesday 17 May 8pm two reseach talks (Refining vaccine to prevent Type 1 & Islet Transplants) all welcome St Albans Irish Centre
Saturday 7 May 7-9pm Inflatables Swim Party age 8+ Westminster Lodge St Albans
Saturday 19 March 4.30-6.30pm Active Ants Party age 7 & under Westminster Lodge St Albans
Tuesday 1 December 8pm Christmas Social inc Bodyshop products all welcome St Albans Irish Centre
Saturday 7 November 6pm Swim party under 10s Westminster Lodge St Albans
Tues 2 June Speaker – Barbara Young (CEO of Diabetes UK) all St Albans Irish Centre
26 April 3pm-6pm Family Bowling family event Hollywood Bowl Woodside Leisure Park Garston WD25 7JZ
Tues 24 Mar 'Living with Diabetes' with a Diabetes panel parent meeting St Albans Irish Centre
Jan 11 6pm-8pm Roller City & AGM find it family event Welwyn Garden City
July 15 Teen Bowling Teen members (& parents/siblings) Woodside Park in Garston
June 24 talk by Diabetes UK Parents Marshalswick Community Centre St Albans
Spring Talk and discussion with young adult living with T1 Parents & teens Marshalswick Community Centre St Albans

Previous events: Summer BBQs; New Year family disco & fish’n’chip supper; Christmas party Other speakers have included: The President of Diabetes UK; CEO of JDRF; Dietician; Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurses; Pump & meter manufacturers. Topics have included carb counting, research, foods, fund raising and inspirational talks about living with Diabetes. What would you like us to organise? Email

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