Volunteer with us

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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  |  Readers Panel  |  Speakers  |  Office  |  Grants 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!


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.


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! Please contact the Fundraising Team or call 01727 734485 to find out more.

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 and train volunteers in this role in 2018. Please contact the Volunteering Team or call 01727 734475 to find out more.


Office volunteers help maintain the smooth running of our central office in St Albans. 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 more.

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.


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 more.


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 contact the Media Team 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.