It's Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week on 1-7 December, and your story matters.
You could be living with Crohn's and Colitis or supporting a loved one who does. You could be a doctor, nurse, employer, researcher, or policymaker. You're all part of our community, and this week is all about the difference we can make together.
From improving healthcare and access to services to providing vital information, and from shaping research to reducing stigma. We use stories every day to help people with Crohn's and Colitis live fuller, freer lives.
You might share yours with people close to you, at school, or at work. Maybe you'll post about your experiences on social media. Or maybe you'll learn more about the experiences of others at our virtual social events.
However you mark awareness week, this week is for you.
Each day, we'll be sharing ways to make your voice, and telling you how we use your stories to improve lives for people affected by Crohn's and Colitis. MAke sure to follow our social media accounts to stay up to date on everything that's happening across the week!
Day 1: 1 December
It's Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week, and your story matters. The experiences of our community help us stand up for you where it counts and make the greatest impact. Share yours using the hashtag #CrohnsAndColitisAwarenessWeek
Facebook Live Event: Don't miss our fantastic panel discussing how people with Crohn's and Colitis can manage their wellbeing. Just in time to kick off Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week 2021, see you there! Tune in to Facebook at 6.
Day 2: 2 December
By sharing your diagnosis journey, we can let everyone know why things need to improve for people with Crohn's and Colitis. You also have the chance to shape a major campaign with your experiences. Complete our form today to help us create change.
Day 3: 3 December
When people understand Crohn's and Colitis, it's easier for everyone. What do you want people to know about your life with Crohn's or Colitis? Visit our talking toolkit for tips on how to start opening up to those around you.
Day 4: 4 December
We know that we need to highlight the importance of toilet access, and your stories are a powerful way of bringing this issue the attention it deserves. Share your experiences with us and each other so everyone knows the importance of free, clean, accessible toilets. Fill in our form.
Day 5: 5 December
High quality research can only happen with the involvement of people affected, and we want to see the whole community represented. There are so many ways to be involved in research. View our research opportunities.
Day 6: 6 December
Everyone should be able to be their best at work, and we're calling on employers to support people with invisible conditions and disabilities to do just that. Tell us what your employer has done to help you, so that we can encourage others to do the same. Fill in our form.
Day 7: 7 December
Your stories help shape our work, so tell us what you need more of. It could be information about certain topics, additional access to specialists or a care plan specifically for you. Tell us what matters to you.
Sign up for a virtual social event to share, meet and potentially learn from others affected by Crohn's and Colitis.
You don't have to share your experience publicly to make a difference. Take a look at these suggestions of how to open up and get support in a way that suits you.