Tony - Local Network

"I wanted to help others who are in the same situation as I was in, so volunteering with the charity seemed an obvious way to do this."

Tony was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2010, and has been volunteering for our Bristol, Bath and North Somerset Network since 2015.

I was a member for a couple of years, but my first real contact with the charity was taking part in one of the Crohn’s and Colitis UK’s IBD studies in 2013. I became involved at a local level with the Bristol, Bath and North Somerset Network when I organised a medical education evening, and I later took over as the Network's Coordinator.

Like most people, I had never heard of Ulcerative Colitis when I was diagnosed, so I found support from my IBD Nurse and information on the Crohn’s and Colitis UK website invaluable in those first few months. I wanted to help others who are in the same situation as I was in, so volunteering with the charity seemed an obvious way to help others affected by IBD.

Volunteering is challenging, interesting, and very rewarding.

Local Network Volunteer

If you are thinking about volunteering, go for it! We are only limited by the enthusiasm and time from our volunteers.

You can do as much or as little as you want. People hold back by the fear of being overcommitted, but remember whatever you do is a bonus and anything you do will help support people living with Crohn's or Colitis. In addition, you will feel a great sense of personal achievement and satisfaction. 

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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