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International Conference and Expo
30 October - 1 November, 2015
Beaumont House Hotel and Conference Venue
Old Windsor, Berkshire, England



Friends for Life UK 2015 conference is sold out. If you would like to be on the waiting list in case space becomes available, please contact Laura Billetdeaux at .

Families begin registering early on Friday afternoon

Enjoy Saturday dinner with your friends

Kids and parents showed just how much they love Joe Solo

Our shared hope

Mealtime is easy with carb counts prepared for all the food

Teens gathered for a group photo

FFL is always about happy, healthy, smiling kids


Feedback from past FFL UK conferences

FFL leaves you completely re-energised, but in the most exhausting way imaginable! I couldn't have put an e-mail together that did it justice if I tried to straight away. I needed to rest my brain. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you and the staff do in putting together the FFL conferences. I cannot begin to imagine how much goes into it, but the result is just amazing. The magic of FFL never lessens in any way. It actually grows year on year.

My lasting memory that I will take away from FFL UK is the image of my son running around the hotel with his friends, bag on his shoulder (something he agreed to do after last year’s trip) happy and not feeling different. For him, this is very important. He once said to me 'having diabetes makes me different enough; I don't want to be any more different.' This makes me sad. I hope as he grows he will realise it’s not bad to be different, but for a time last week end he wasn't.

My child is different at FFL: more confident, more carefree, more positive, and doesn't feel different. I know these weekends will change her life in the long run, and the lives of all our children. I think all the positivity and caring soaks into their skin over those weekends as does the desire to have the best blood control they can, as they see everyone else doing what they have to do, without parents telling them.

Jo in Elementary said the loveliest words when I went to drop Daniel off on the Saturday morning. I had the usual bag of medical stuff and Jo with all her warmth and friendliness said 'we only need Daniel.' I nearly the past year since diagnosis nobody has said to me 'we only need Daniel'... For those two days at FFL, I felt he was back to just being a little boy again...not the little boy with a bagful of medical stuff and a long explanation of what might be required. Those words meant the world to me.

This was the first year my daughter could get with the programme and started Elementary, she loved it. She didn't stop talking all the way back home in the car and she had learnt so many "soft" skills. She was quizzing us all the way back about how we felt about diabetes and telling us what she found frustrating about it. It wasn't so much permission to speak, but rather vocabulary to do it had been introduced and a sense that it was a topic that we were all interested to talk about.

Conference Information

Children with Diabetes, Inc. (CWD) presents our 7th annual family conference in the UK! Join our international group of world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, adults, children, and families with diabetes to learn the most current information in diabetes care. Attend educational sessions and get cutting-edge ideas for your family's diabetes management. Participate in parent discussion groups and find new, creative ways to help and motivate your children. Watch toddlers and teens, young parents and grandparents, new diabetes professionals and practiced clinicians make new and lifelong friendships. This is a conference you won't ever forget! All presentations, activities and additional information will be provided in English only.

Who Should Attend the 2015 Event?

  • Families and individuals with type 1 diabetes
  • Young adults, teens, school-age children, and younger children
  • Grandparents
  • Children with type 1 diabetes and their siblings and their best friends
  • Their parents
  • Adults with type 1 diabetes and their spouses or partners

The Conference Schedule in a Nutshell

  • Friday, 30 October, 2015: Registration opens in the early evening in conjunction with a cash BBQ, available as you arrive; enjoy the evening visiting the sponsors and exhibitors; end the day with a Welcome Keynote for everyone, followed by light refreshments
  • Saturday, 31 October, 2015: Sessions for adults and children all day; lunch and snack breaks; cash BBQ for dinner, followed by a Halloween Party/Disco; make sure to spend time with the exhibitors and sponsors!
  • Sunday, 1 November, 2015: Sessions for adults and children all day; lunch and snack breaks; Teens potentially off-site, tbd. Last visits with sponsors and exhibitors – they finish up right after lunch

The Beaumont House offers many sport and leisure facilities including outdoor tennis courts, football pitch, indoor swimming pool, and lots of outdoor green space for play. During the Children's sessions, weather permitting, all age groups will enjoy outside fun time as part of their daily programme; this is built right into the schedule. Programme details for each age group will be available on the CWD website beginning May 1, 2015.

For the structured programme, children are divided into the following groups: Elementary (Primary) (ages 5-8), Tween (ages 9-12), Teen (ages 13-17), and childcare (ages 4 and under).

The Conference Venue and Reservations

Located a short distance from Windsor Great Park, Beaumont House, Old Windsor is the largest of the Principal Hayley conference venues set in 40 acres of landscaped grounds, dating back to the 14th century. With a hugely impressive colonnaded portico, the building has been beautifully refurbished throughout and offers exceptional service in keeping with the tradition and majesty of the exclusive royal borough.

Although offering a secluded environment, Beaumont House is only 5 minutes from the M25 and M4 motorways.

Following extensive investment over recent years, all of the 414 bedrooms offer the utmost in comfort and contemporary design. Clean lines combine with the highest quality fabrics to create a fresh and profoundly relaxing environment. In the newly designed rooms, soft, brown-suede headboards sit atop luxurious beds scattered with both decorative and supportive cushions. All of the rooms have thick, soft mattress toppers and luxurious pillows, to ensure a restful night's sleep. And each room comes complete with its own en-suite facilities, including bath and shower.

Also, as standard, you will find:

  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • Wi-Fi access for your laptop (charges apply)
  • Safe that will fit laptop computers (Superior and Executive Rooms Only)
  • TV
  • Trouser press and Iron
  • Hairdryers

All meeting and function spaces at the Beaumont House are non-smoking. Parking is complimentary.

There are several types of rooms to accommodate different size and make-up of families. Please discuss with the reservationist which type of room will be best for your family.

Room rates include bed and breakfast. Rates per night are as follows, inclusive of VAT:

  • 2 adults with 1 child = £130.00
  • 2 adults with 2 children = £135.00
  • 2 adults = £120.00
  • 2 adults interconnecting with 2 children =£110.00 + £80.00
  • 1 adult with 1 child = £105.00
  • 1 adult with 2 children = £125.00
  • You may supplement for Old School Deluxe rooms at £45.00 more per room (these rooms are for adults only)

Note that it may be preferable for larger families to reserve two rooms (the largest rooms accommodate 2 adults and 2 children).

The Beaumont House is now accepting reservations for this conference. When making a reservation, you must indicate that you are attending the Children with Diabetes, Friends for Life conference in order to get the preferred rate. The Block Code for the booking 18562163.

Reservations are first-come, first-served. It is anticipated that this event will sell out, so please make your reservations early. For those who wish to stay at the Beaumont House and holiday in the area, the preferential bed and breakfast rate may be extended three days prior to, and three days after the conference. Do not email credit card information as email is not secure.

For reservations, please telephone 01753 640 000 and ask for the reservation department or email .

Note: You must register separately for the conference and hotel. Registering for the hotel does not register your family for the conference itself. Conference Registration will open in February 2015; the link will be on this webpage. In past years, registration has filled up within a few hours.

For more information, please contact Laura Billetdeaux at .

Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

For information about sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities, please contact Jim Vail at .

  Friends for Life UK 2015 Conference and Expo  
  Introduction - Registration - Faculty - Youth Faculty - Nightscout Faculty  
  Schedule - Youth Schedule - Nightscout Parts List  
  FFL UK Reports from 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009  

Special Guest
Gavin Griffiths

Gavin Griffiths was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 8 on the turn of the Millennium in 2000, where he was informed that his dreams in sports would be affected. Now Gavin is recognised across global diabetes communities for being 'The DiAthlete' - an ultra-endurance athlete taking on the extreme to show any dream is still possible whilst living with diabetes.

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