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27 - 29 October, 2017
Beaumont House Hotel and Conference Venue
Burfield Road, Windsor, SL4 2JJ, United Kingdom



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FFL UK is for the entire family, including siblings

Enjoy dinner with your friends

Families enjoy meeting with sponsors

Our shared hope

Teens have fun and learn too

FFL kids do indeed make friends for life

Families from FFL UK 2015 say hi!


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

T-1 Today UK (CWD), a UK Registered Charity, is excited to host its first Friends For Life UK Family Conference. The weekend is sure to be filled with fun and laughter, some tears and frustrations, education, exciting challenges and cutting edge information. Join the Trustees and other families with diabetes to hear from renowned health care specialists and guest speakers who live with type 1 diabetes. Watch the children of all ages become "Friends for Life" and see their excited faces as their bonds develop. From toddlers to grandparents, from those new to the T1 world to those more experienced, from laypeople to the medical professionals, we will all join together and make new and lifelong friendships. This is a conference you will never forget and one you will want to come back to again and again and again.

Who Should Attend FFL UK 2017?

  • 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, 27 October, 2017: Registration opens at 4 pm; enjoy the evening visiting the sponsors and exhibitors; end the day with a Welcome Keynote for everyone, followed by light refreshments. Sponsors and Exhibitors will have their stands open 4 to 9 pm.

  • Saturday, 28 October, 2017: Sessions for adults and children all day; lunch and snack breaks; dinner on your own, followed by a Family Party from 7:30 to midnight. Make sure to spend time with the exhibitors and sponsors! Sponsors and Exhibitors stands open 8 am to 6 pm.

  • Sunday, 29 October, 2017: Enjoy Beaumont with your new friends. Platinum Sponsors Focus Groups by Insulet and Abbott to be held in Balmoral Suites.

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.

For the structured programme, children are divided into the following groups: Elementary (Primary) (ages 6-8), Tween (ages 9-12), Teen (ages 13-17; 18 if not at university), and childcare (ages 5 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.

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.

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.

For more information, please email Gwen Sutherland at .

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