We know that managing a gluten free diet at a young age isn’t always easy – especially outside of the home at school and extracurricular activities.
That’s why we have created a Young Champions pack which aims to give children the confidence to talk about their coeliac disease. Through raising awareness, we hope that your child’s peers and their parents, teachers and leaders will gain a better understanding of the condition and become more aware of what life is like on a gluten free diet.
In this pack we have included lots of activities for children to do with their class, school, friends, family or community group, with supporting materials. As this is aimed at children aged 5 to 11, we have tried to include a mix of activities so there is something for all ages.
Our inspiring Young Champions
Eight year old Abi did a presentation about coeliac disease to the whole of Key Stage 2 at her school!
"In my presentation I said how I knew if I'd eaten gluten and what the symptoms are. I also got the people in the audience to come up and be the villi! Two friends threw balls which represented the food. Other people had to catch the balls and take in all of the food but when I threw a big football, which was playing the part of gluten, all the villi fell down and they didn't catch the balls. This helped people understand what goes on in my body when I eat gluten.
I feel more relaxed eating my food and people I didn't know so well at school know what coeliac disease is like. I enjoyed using the Young Champions pack to help people understand. I hope that more children will feel happy talking about this and that their friends will understand and help them like my friends do."
Well done Abi!
Six year old Olivia was diagnosed with coeliac disease last year and used her Young Champions pack to do a lesson and activity with her class at school during Awareness Week.
This year Olivia is hoping to raise £500 in support of Coeliac UK and has raised nearly £400 already! She even asked for donations rather than birthday presents this year.
After being very poorly Olivia is happy to be feeling better being gluten free!
Well done Olivia!
Tobias' mum, Saartje, says:
"Tobias was only four when diagnosed and didn’t really understand why he couldn’t eat his favourite foods anymore or why he couldn’t participate as normal in some of the activities at school, such as needing to bake separately.
We took the Young Champions pack into school, which was gratefully received as Tobias was the first child they had with coeliac disease. The school did a fabulous job of utilising the pack, across multiple year groups so now everyone in school understands that Tobias needs to be careful and more importantly accepts it rather than ostracises him. Thank you for helping normalise this for us!"
Well done Tobias!
A huge thank you and well done to our amazing Young Champions!
If your child has been a Young Champion, we'd love to hear about what they did! Please email us your story and send any photos to firstname.lastname@example.org