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.  If you’re interested in Local Network volunteering, please complete the Volunteer Enquiry Form

Local Networks  |  Helplines  |  WALK IT  |  Run The Night  |  Readers Panel  |  Speakers  |  Office  |  Grants Panel  |  Research Panel  |  Fundraiser Supporter  |  Trustee  |  Media


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. Complete the Volunteer Enquiry Form to find out more!


Helplines

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

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!

Our 2019 WALK IT event dates and locations will be launched in early 2019. Please check back then to register.


Run The Night

Run the Night is an experience for the adventurous that raises vital funds for people living with Crohn’s and Colitis. We need you to support all aspects of the event and cheer on our runners in their fight for a future free from Crohn's and Colitis - It will be a great night out supporting a fantastic event and cause as well as a chance to gain experience, do something new and boost your CV. Please contact Mark Thislewood to learn more or register now. Deadline for applications is 17th October 2018.


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


Speakers

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 and train volunteers in this role in 2019. Please contact the Volunteering Team or call 01727 734475 to find out more.
 


Office

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.


Fundraiser Supporter

Fundraiser Supporters 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.
 


Trustee

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.Please contact the Volunteering Team or call 01727 734475 to find out if they are currently recruiting to this role.


Media

Media volunteers help promote and raise awareness of newsworthy stories in the media; they also support us as case studies for publicity purposes on request from journalists. Please fill in the Share Your Story form or call 01727 734 478 to find out more.


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.