Jake - Reader Volunteer

"I wanted to give something back by volunteering"

Jake has been volunteering for Crohn's and Colitis UK in a number of ways since 2015 and is a currently on the Readers Panel reviewing patient information.

I decided to get involved as a volunteer at Crohn's and Colitis UK for a couple of reasons. I have Crohn's Disease and was diagnosed at the age of 13. This has since caused me to have many flare ups, to take a variety of medication, to be on a number of diets and to have surgery. My family, friends and the community have done an amazing job supporting me, so I wanted to give something back by volunteering.

I studied English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Hertfordshire, and have a blog where I publish articles raising awareness for Crohn's and Colitis. So I was drawn to the writing role that the Readers Panel offers.

If someone with Crohn's or Colitis benefits from reading an information leaflet that I have helped to develop then that makes it all worthwhile.

Reader Volunteer

If you are thinking about volunteering with Crohn's and Colitis UK, go for it! If by helping, you can make a positive difference to someone else's experiences with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, then it is certainly worth it.

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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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.

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