local meetups

It can be difficult if you are a young person diagnosed with Crohn's, colitis or IBDU. At times, it may feel like nobody understands what it is like to have IBD and at other times you might not want people to mention it, you just want to get on with life. There can be a lot for a parent or carer to deal with and all whilst supporting your child. It can often feel like nobody else quite understands how difficult it can be.

Sometimes, the best thing can be to connect with others who understand what you are dealing with and feel less alone. If you are a young person or a parent or carer looking to meet others in a relaxed and informal environment, we want to help you.

See the current groups below or get in touch with our family support worker to see how we can help in your local area: laurapalmer@cicra.org

scheduled meetups

Sheffield

About: This will be a group aimed at helping children and teenagers to meet others with IBD in Sheffield. Run by parents this will be an informal social group. There will also be opportunity for parents/carers to stay and chat too if they want. Tea and coffee, drinks and snacks available!

Where? St Timothy's Church, 138 Slinn St, Sheffield, S10 1NZ

When? 2020 dates: Sundays Feb 2nd, March 22nd, May 3rd, June 14th, all from 3-5pm

More info? Please ring or text Lorna on 07886 324629 or oliverfamily33@gmail.com

Manchester

About: a new and independent group for young people aged 11-16 with IBD in the northwest of England, to get together, have fun and support each other. There are no formal structures or plans, you get to lead and we'd love you to decide what you want from this group. Come along to have fun and offer each other support.

Where? near Manchester at Cheadle Hulme united reformed church, 65 Swann Lane, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 7HU

When? 4th January 2020 and a date TBC in February

More info? https://www.facebook.com/TAYIBD or email CCYG19@gmail.com

Gosport, Hampshire

About: new youth group: Abi's Got Guts - Crohns & Colitis Youth Support Group supported by Pegs YC for young people which is a new informal social support group for members to have fun, play games, arts and crafts, kick back, relax and socialise. Siblings very welcome, and parents also welcome to stay. 

Where? Studio Two, Gosport, Hampshire

When? Sunday 12th January 2020, 2-4pm

More info? Please book in advance, so that we have an idea of numbers, on 02392 175627 e-mail: abisgotguts@outlook.com See our Facebook page

Birmingham / Midlands

About: tea, coffee and chat for parents of children with IBD

Where? Village Hotel Birmingham/Dudley DY1 4TB

When? Saturday 25th January

More info? Contact Gail on scrampo@outlook.com or through the Facebook group

new groups/meetups

If you would like to set up a group in your area for young people with IBD or for parents and carers, or for both, get in touch with our family support worker to see how we can help: laurapalmer@cicra.org All you need is a venue and we can promote your meetup. We know meeting others can be reassuring and helpful, so please get in touch with us.

Areas where someone is interested in a group and welcomes contact with other families:

- South Wales

- Kent

- Surrey

- Highlands (Scotland)

- East Anglia