Group sessions:

Unfortunately in response to COVID-19 measures for the safety of our patients and providers all face-to-face learning sessions are currently suspended.  Please see the ‘eLearning’ section of the website to find out more about the online resources and learning available.


DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) is a highly-recommended, free and fun group session delivered by specially-trained NHS health professionals for people with Type 2 diabetes.

DESMOND is a great way to understand your diabetes, improve your ability to manage the condition and your blood sugar levels. You should come away from your session with the knowledge and confidence to improve your overall health and wellbeing.

DESMOND sessions are completely free, and run for one 6 hour session or two 3 hour sessions. They are delivered to groups of up to 10 people like you diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and you can also bring along a friend or partner to your session. DESMOND sessions are delivered in English, Urdu or Gujarati.

Sign-up for DESMOND now

Call: 01254 283886
Or ask your GP or Nurse to refer you.


Health & Wellbeing Services:

re:fresh Health & Wellbeing

Whether you want to be more active, more social, find information on healthy eating or activities in your area, visit re:fresh Blackburn with Darwen, your online resource for Health & Wellbeing information and services here.

Find out what's on in your community with local clubs, services, organisations and events, from short walks to sugar swaps you'll find it here. You can also sign up for the re:fresh newsletter & get information straight to your inbox.

If you are thinking about quitting smoking, try the support available on the re:fresh website here.

Active Lancashire

Find activities to get involved in, have fun, make friends and get active. From disability football, to garden projects, bowling to walk 'n' talk, to find out more click here. 

Happier Lancashire

Boost your happiness and increase your awareness of the 5 ways to wellbeing here. Connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.