About the Groups
Our local Groups are a source of great support for people with coeliac diseaseA condition where a person is unable to eat gluten as it makes their body attack itself.
and/or dermatitis herpetiformisUsually shortened to DH, this is a form of coeliac disease where the skin is affected with small blisters. (DH) – especially those who are newly diagnosed. It’s great to know that you’re not alone!
Role of the Groups
There are over 90 Groups across the UK, all run by volunteers. As you can imagine, each Group is unique, but they all carry out two main tasks:
- To support and assist people (and their families) whether diagnosed, or actively seeking diagnosis of coeliac disease and DH in the local area
- To further the aims of Coeliac UK in the local community
What Groups do
Groups do this in many ways from:
- organising cookery demonstrations
- holding meetings with medical experts
- hosting food fairs
But the first role a Group plays is supporting newly diagnosed people in the local area.
Find out what’s going on in your area
For more information on your local group visit our group pages.
Up-coming Group events
Set up your own Group
No Group in your local area?
Running a Group does involve a fair amount of work, but it is rewarding and fun! Group members have commented it offers:
- Fantastic opportunities
- New experiences
- The chance to develop new skills
- A great network of support
- The chance to make a positive difference
The Volunteer Team at Coeliac UK’s High Wycombe office is here to help support the Groups and their work. For further information on how to start up a Group email email@example.com or call 01494 796 118.
The Groups cannot give medical advice and should not be treated or regarded as offering a substitute for the medical advice of GPsGeneral Practitioner, or local doctor, nurses or any other health professionals. For anybody concerned about health related matters they should consult their own nurse/doctor for professional medical advice.