Supporting you through the pandemic
We’re here to help. At Coeliac UK we have been helping people with coeliac disease and other gluten related conditions for over 50 years. And now we know our help is more important than ever. Our staff are set up to work from home and we’re still providing evidence based advice and support with the help of our Health Advisory Council and we’ve been developing new information and tools to help you through the current crisis too.
Get the right information
Cook while we’re on lockdown
We have opened up all of our recipes for everyone to help you cook gluten free through this crisis. Check out our Home of Gluten Free recipes, ranging from the simple to the show stopper, for gluten free, whatever you fancy, open to everyone.
We’ve also developed new content to help you:
- 10 store cupboard recipes to help you manage with what you have
- try our 5 simple ingredients recipes to make more meals without the waste
- reduce food waste and make meals go further with our information on how to freeze food well
- check out our Make it yourself collection if you’re struggling to find pasta and bread staples in the shops
- use our Budget Meal Planner to help you plan your meals cheaply.
Help shopping gluten free
Finding food isn’t easy right now and we need to be going out as little as possible in search of gluten free food. Whether you’re online shopping or making a trip out to the supermarket, use our tools to make the most of your shop.
While we need to be more flexible in our shopping, use our award winning Gluten Free Food Checker app to help you choose new gluten free foods that might be more readily available at the moment.
And when you’re shopping, try our tips to get the most out of venturing out:
- ask your store manager what time they receive their gluten free deliveries and go to the store then
- try local convenience stores as we are hearing anecdotally that these are better stocked
- try mail order companies to see if you can get food delivered
- try local suppliers who might be better stocked in their produce
Please remember if you’re going out for a needed food shop, to follow Government guidance to reduce your risk.
Get the support you need
Talk to us
We’re here to help. Our Helpline is staffed with dietitians and food advisers to help you and we understand how difficult things are at the moment. We are receiving a lot of enquiries and requests for advice and we thank you for your patience as we try to get back to all of you.
We’re very lucky to have a vibrant social media community so get online and get involved with a busy social space while we have to stay at home. It’s really important to feel connected whilst we’re social distancing, so please do get online and in touch with others if you can. We have seen over 10,000 comments and interactions since the crisis began, a huge uplift in activity, so join others like you looking to have an exchange, chat or share tips and experiences.
We have a Member2Member programme for our community to link and talk to each other about the issues they have in common. This might be more important now than ever. Check out more information and get in touch if this might help you.
Look after your mental health
The Mental Health Foundation is supporting people with the mental health and psychosocial aspects of the coronavirus outbreak. It is a difficult time for all and it’s really important to actively manage mental health at a time like this. Check out their tips and advice on how to look after yourself.
Please make sure you follow Government guidance to stay indoors and avoid risk.
If you have symptoms including a persistent cough and/or a high temperature, or there is a chance that you could have coronavirus you should follow the latest advice from the NHS.