Volunteer with us

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, develop new skills and make a difference to those affected by Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

We are ambitious and we want to build a strong community of volunteers across the UK. Whatever interests, experience or skills you have, there are many ways to volunteer your time, so if you’ve got plenty of enthusiasm we’d love to hear from you.

Please click the links to the roles below to learn more about the opportunities, then contact the relevant team to find out more – they’ll get back to you and let you know how you can make a big difference and help us become stronger together.  

Local Networks  |  Helplines  |  WALK IT Readers Panel  |  Speakers  |  Office  |  Grants Panel  |  Research Panel  |  Event Volunteer  |  Trustee |  GP Spotlight Facilitator (project role) 

Local Networks

Local Networks are teams of volunteers that raise awareness in their communities by hosting educational, information, social and fundraising events. They want to reach more people affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease as well as help the general public to better understand the conditions. Each network has three main volunteer roles: Lead Volunteer, Finance Volunteer and Awareness Volunteers as well as Local Network Event volunteers who support events on a Ad Hoc basis. Complete the Volunteer Enquiry Form to find out more!


The Charity’s Helpline volunteers provide confidential emotional support to people via Crohn’s and Colitis Support and Parent to Parent. Volunteers either have personal experience of Inflammatory Bowel Disease or are parents of children with the condition. Volunteers also provide practical support via the Disability Benefit Service. These roles require specific training commitments. Please contact the Helplines Team or call 0300 222 5700 to find out more.

We are currently recruiting for a number of rewarding Helplines opportunities:

  • If you are someone with personal experience of Crohn's or Colitis and would like to offer other’s emotional support, you might want to volunteer on Crohn’s and Colitis Support.
  • If you are a parent of a child with Crohn’s or Colitis under the age of 25, you might want to think about supporting other parents on the Parent to Parent Helpline.
  • If you have a working knowledge of the disability benefits system, particularly Personal Iindependence Payment, we’d love to hear from you to be part of our Disability Benefits Service Helpline. 


WALK IT is our flagship awareness and fundraising series of events. These community-orientated walks take place in locations across the UK, bringing together a wide variety of people affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Volunteering at these events is a one-off role to support on-the-day with registration, welcoming, marshalling, cheering and handing out medals! 

Readers Panel

Our Readers Panel provides feedback on our information sheets and booklets, publications and research questionnaires. You don’t need to have any specialist training or knowledge, you just need to be someone with experience of living with IBD, or a parent of a child with IBD. Please contact the Publications Team or call 01727 734475 to find out more


Our Speakers respond to requests from communities, businesses and educators all across the UK to deliver speeches, congratulate fundraisers and most importantly promote awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and the work we do. We hope to recruit volunteers in this role in Autumn 2019. For now please contact the Volunteering Team or call 01727 734475 to register you interest in your role. 


We're currently not recruiting for this role.

Office volunteers help maintain the smooth running of our central office in Hatfield. Through administrative, office and IT tasks, our volunteers support the essential work of the charity during our office opening hours. Please contact the Volunteering Team or call 01727 734475 to find out more.

Grants Panel

The Grants Panel is a team of volunteers who are responsible for making decisions on applications to our Grants Scheme. Please contact Support Grants or call 01727 734475 to find out if they are currently recruiting to this role.

Research Panel

To ensure that we fund only the highest quality research, all research grant applications must go through our rigorous Peer Review process which has been certified as best practice by the Association of Medical Research Charities. We have two Research Awards Panels which undertake the review and assessment of our grant applications: the Medical Research Awards Panel; and the Living with IBD Research Awards Panel.

From time to time we need to appoint new members to refresh the composition of our Awards Panels and/or to increase the diversity and breadth of expertise or experience on those Panels. If you are interested in becoming a Panel Member, please check out our Become a Panel Member page to see if we're currently recruiting.

Event Volunteer

Event Volunteers help out at select marathons and running events all over the UK – Edinburgh, Brighton & London marathons as well as the Great North Run. Volunteers in this role support our staff to provide hospitality to participants before and after races and cheer them on! Please contact the Fundraising Team or call 01727 734485 to find out more.  


Our Board of Trustees are responsible at a governance level for the general control and management of the administration of the Charity. Trustees are legally responsible for the organisation and also ensure we have a clear strategy linked to our vision. If you are interested in becoming a Trustee and have any questions about the role please contact Jane Roberts or call 01727 617329 to find out more.

GP Spotlight Facilitator

In order to improve knowledge of Crohn’s and Colitis in primary care, the RCGP and Crohn’s & Colitis UK have developed a network of IBD Spotlight Champions across the UK. These individual ‘Champions’, GPs and IBD nurses, undertake training and information sessions within primary care and patient networks, participate in media interviews and place articles in professional and regional press.

This exciting new role is for volunteers who will play a vital role in the promotion and organisation of this project, supporting one IBD Spotlight Champion in their work.

Take a look at the role description and contact us if you are interested - We look forward to hearing from you!


If you are unsure who to contact, or would like to speak generally to a member of the Volunteering Team, please do feel contact them on 01727 734475 or email volunteering@crohnsandcolitis.org.uk.