"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 other IBD suffers."
Tony was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2010, and has been voluinteering 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.
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 with IBD. In addition, you will feel a great sense of personal achievement and satisfaction.