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History of TDS



In 1983, a seed of hope was planted for the community of people with insulin-dependent diabetes. Just two months before Julie's wedding, the then 27-year-old lawyer and now Senior Manager of TOUCH Diabetes Support was diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes.


With the help of her doctor, endocrinologist Dr J Tambyah, Julie started an informal support group with volunteered nurses and contacts.  The group met for the first time at a coffeehouse in Mount Alvernia Hospital.  Soon, the numbers grew with increased referrals from hospitals.


In 1991, the diabetes support group held their first formal meeting in Julie's home, attended by over 20 individuals with diabetes. The simple home gathering soon developed into a structured programme to better meet the growing psychosocial and emotional needs of people living with diabetes. TOUCH Diabetes Support Association, known as TOUCH Diabetes Support today, or TDS, was formally established in 1992.


Since its establishment, TDS has reached out to more than 5000 people living with diabetes through its multi-faceted programmes.


As the needs in the diabetes community grew, there was a need for a physical location. In 2000, our first TOUCH Diabetes Support Centre was set up at Strathmore Avenue. Subsequently, in 2003, the centre moved to a larger and more accessible location in Toa Payoh. The good location makes diabetes education and counselling and many of our programmes at the centre more accessible to people with diabetes living in the heartland. Members are able to conveniently obtain their diabetes supplies at TOUCH Diabetes Resource at the centre.


For over 20 years, TDS remains focused in its efforts to build a community of care and support and bring a sense of hope to people living with diabetes – the hope of living fearlessly and meaningfully to overcome its challenges.