Beverley - Reader Volunteer

"I’ve managed to turn my experience of having Ulcerative Colitis into a really positive thing, and I am a happier healthier person as a result."

Beverley Davies was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 1980, and has been volunteering since 2016. She is currently on the Readers Panel reviewing patient information and was a patient contributor for the IBD Nursing Campaign.

I started volunteering because I wanted to help others with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and help support the great work Crohn's & Colitis UK do, and help spread awareness. I became very isolated in my own illness when I was ill and since I’ve learnt more and taken positive moves to be open, it has helped me enormously.

I really enjoy feeling that by giving my personal experience it may help others connect and seek support and advice.


Reader Volunteer

Sharing and distribution of good advice and information is crucial for your wellbeing and recovery and enabling you to be empowered. I would hope that personal quotes and involvement can make people who are suffering feel more connected and less alone in their illness. If you are thinking about volunteering, absolutely do it! Not only do you feel as though you are helping others, but it’s great having the satisfaction of doing something positive out of what has been a difficult and sometimes lonely part of your life. I’ve managed to turn my experience of having Colitis into a really positive thing, and I am a happier healthier person as a result.

Want to volunteer with us?

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, develop new skills and make a difference to everyone affected by Crohn's and Colitis.


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Helpline service


We know it can be difficult to live with, or support someone living with these conditions. But you’re not alone. We provide up-to-date, evidence-based information and can support you to live well with Crohn’s or Colitis.

Our helpline team can help by:

  • Providing information about Crohn’s and Colitis.

  • Listening and talking through your situation.

  • Helping you to find support from others in the Crohn’s and Colitis community.

  • Signposting you to specialist organisations.

Please be aware we’re not medically or legally trained. We cannot provide detailed financial or benefits advice or specialist emotional support.

Please contact us via telephone, email or LiveChat - 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (except English bank holidays).

If you need specific medical advice about your condition, your GP or IBD team will be best placed to help.

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