Rachel - Local Network

"Volunteering has enabled me to get to know Crohn's and Colitis UK better and I feel supported and less alone with my condition"

Rachel is Lead Volunteer for the Mid & East Hertfordhire Network. Rachel was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2013 and has been involved as a volunteer since 2015.

I wanted to get involved as a volunteer to make a difference to other people's lives, connect with other suffers and learn more about the charity.

By being involved I am able to help bring together others with IBD and I get to chat with other sufferers. Volunteering has enabled me to get to know Crohn’s and Colitis UK better and I feel supported and less alone with my condition.

The biggest highlight for me has been getting the Mid & East Hertfordshire team up and running again with lots of active members coming to our events, and some new volunteers involved as well.

We’re always happy to welcome new people along and you don’t have to be affected by IBD to get involved! It’s open to anyone who is interested in supporting their local community and helping to organise events and activities!

Lead Volunteer

Volunteering with the local network is really flexible so it's easy to find a balance – as a team we decide when we would like to put on our events which can fit around our other commitments.

I get immense satisfaction from volunteering. Especially when people who come along to our events and say things like "I have been house bound with this condition, I am so glad I decided to take a risk and come out tonight, you have made my week".

Young volunteers can bring fresh ideas and lots of enthusiasm, especially if it’s related to their future career aspirations. Volunteering is great experience to add to your CV! Young people also get the opportunity to connect with others and if they are an IBD suffer they can relate to each other – most people with IBD are diagnosed between the ages of 18-25 years.

I would definitely recommend volunteering. Everyone is so lovely, the charity really values your time and you meet some great people and get to do some great things.

Rachel has been awarded a certificate of recognition for her volunteering during Volunteers’ Week 2016 by Community Central St Albans and she also has supported a variety of events representing Crohn’s and Colitis UK. One event in particular was the successful debate in the House of Commons on the topic of Crohn’s and Colitis in England, which was supported by local MP Anne Main in 2016.

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