When I was diagnosed as a Coeliac (over 40 years ago) I joined a local group of a small charity called the Coeliac Society. There were 30 of us in The Christchurch group, which covered the whole of Dorset. The Charity has grown hugely now and is known as Coeliac UK and Dorset now has 3 separate groups consisting of over 3,000 members.
Coeliac Disease is a lifelong autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley). When a Coeliac eats gluten their immune system reacts by damaging the lining of the small intestine.
1 in 100 people in the UK are now diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, and about the same number choose to be on a gluten free diet because it makes them feel better.
Being diagnosed as a Coeliac, or needing to be on the diet for other reasons, can be quite difficult and sometimes frightening.
I like to help people on this special diet and am an active committee member of the Bournemouth & Poole Coeliac Group. We have various events throughout the year and in April we hold our gluten free food fair. See my events page for more details
You can find out more about Coeliac Disease by visiting the Coeliac UK website.