Touchstone’s SADEE SMILE project was a nine month pilot aimed at improving self-management of Type 2 diabetes within South Asian communities. Each course ran as an eight week structured diabetes education programme tailored specifically for South Asians and delivered in community languages (Urdu and Panjabi). The project was funded by Leeds City Council Public Health and delivered in partnership with Leeds Health Care NHS Trust and Health Together and Leeds Beckett University.
The key outcome for the programme was for South Asians diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes to be empowered with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to self-manage their condition with mechanisms of support.
After attending the course, participants reported a better understanding of their condition, an improvement in their knowledge and health beliefs and greater confidence to self-manage their condition. Participants also reported that they were now more aware of how to access further information and satisfaction levels with the course were high.

  • 11 courses delivered within the localities of Beeston, Chapeltown and Harehills.
  • A total of 116 participants registered in 44 different GP services benefited from the programme.
  • 60% of participants were over 60 years of age.
  • 61% of participants were Pakistani, 37% Indian and 2% Bangladeshi

“I asked my doctors who referred me to the nurse, who then gave me information in English, which I can’t read or write. This course has been very useful especially as it is in my mother tongue.”
“I’ve received a lot of benefit from this course… my sugar levels are more under control… I’ve learnt what to eat and what not to eat. This course will definitely make a difference to you.”
Touchstone Annual Review 2015-2016