Féaron on creating a support network for our younger Members
Féaron Cassidy was the Group Organiser of the Coeliac UK Gluten-free Under Thirties (GUTs) group for three years. She explains how the network is an important way for young adults to support each other.
After I was diagnosed in June 2012, I joined Coeliac UK right away.
It was all really overwhelming but I was so relieved to find Coeliac UK had clear, simple information. Once I had become confident with the gluten-free diet, I noticed young people joining Coeliac UK’s Facebook group and that they were are as worried as I was when I was first diagnosed.
I felt I wanted to be involved in telling people:
It’s ok, you can trust people, you can eat out, you can eat pizza in Italy and a burger in a diner and in patisseries in Paris – you just have to do a bit more research than other people!
It’s a bit weird asking for advice about going on a first date or moving into halls or starting a new job when you’re at a tea and cake morning - so Gluten-free Under Thirties (GUTs) provide a more gluten-free beer and pizza type environment!
It has been so rewarding to make a difference in people’s lives and meeting others who have made such a contribution, both in the committee and also from other Members.