What do we campaign on?
Campaigns focus on improving choice in local restaurants, raising awareness in local GPGeneral Practitioner, or local doctor surgeries, working with catering staff at hospitals and schools, and improving access to gluten-freeWhen a food has less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten so it is safe for people with coeliac disease to eat.
foods on prescription.
Why campaign for Coeliac UK?
Recent research indicates that it can take up to 13 years to be diagnosed with coeliac diseaseA condition where a person is unable to eat gluten as it makes their body attack itself.
. This is far too long. We need to work with the NHSNational Health Service to ensure that coeliac disease becomes a priority and those with the condition are given the treatment they deserve.
Once diagnosed, the best way to ensure good health is for patients to adhere to a strict glutenA protein that is found in the cereals wheat, barley and rye.
-free diet for life. Adherence to the diet, however, is often perceived as restricting and difficult. We need to work with pharmacies and Primary Care Trusts to help improve access to gluten-free products within the health sector. We also need to work with restaurants, cafes, canteens and schools to help people of all ages gain better access to gluten-free products when out and about.
Join the Campaign Network
2012 was a great year for the Coeliac UK Campaign Network as it saw significant growth in numbers and action taken. However, we still need more of you to get on board to help us spread our message and we want 2013 to be the year in which you do this. We need you to work with us to spread our key messages and help us to make the biggest possible impact we can as a Charity.
The Campaign Network is a group of people who want to get involved in campaigning and make their voices heard, like they did with gluten-free prescriptions and supporting our Awareness WeekOur main annual campaign which focuses around a theme to raise awareness about coeliac disease.
, the Gluten-free Challenge, in 2012. This is all done from home and we would simply need a little of your time.
If this interests you then please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then send you an information pack full of different ideas of how you can support the Charity and people living with coeliac disease as well as a quarterly email newsletter to keep you updated. No matter how much spare time you have available, or how much you are able to do, it all helps and we’d love to hear from you.