Part of The IBS Network’s mission is to campaign for better services and facilities for IBS. Below are two campaigns we are supporting.  But we can only succeed with your help, so help us to help you better by signing our petition and supporting our campaigns. 

Promoting IBS Awareness Month in AprilThursday 23rd March 2017

Throughout April, The IBS Network the national charity that supports people living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, will be promoting IBS Awareness Month. By talking openly about this debilitating long-term condition, the charity aims to encourage more research, improve education and promote effective self-management for those with IBS. At any one time, the illness affects between 10-20% of the UK population, or approximately 12 million people and is believed to cost the NHS £200m annually.* 

To mark IBS Awareness Month, the charity is offering the first 100 people who sign up to become members of The IBS Network in April the chance to receive a free Radar Key.**
To join, call 0114 272 3253 or visit our website.  Members benefit from accessing advice from specialist IBS medical professionals via the helpline and online, use of the IBS Self-Care Programme and symptom tracker as well as a ‘Can’t Wait’ card, including an International travel card, factsheets, specialist recipes and ongoing support.

Top Ten tips Thursday 6th April 2017

Tips to help relieve your IBS

As part of IBS Awareness Month this April, The IBS Network has put together tips on how to help relieve your symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

At any one time, it’s estimated that around 10-20% of the UK population will suffer from IBS, a condition that causes symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. The illness has no specific cause, no distinctive pathology and no single effective treatment. IBS symptoms can vary considerably from person to person and in the same person at different times. IBS should always be diagnosed by a qualified medical practitioner.

Asda Leading the way in recognising that not all disabilities are visible.Friday 12th August 2016

Alison Reid, Chief Executive Officer at The IBS Network

“We were delighted to see that Asda is leading the way in recognising that not all disabilities are visible. By introducing the new signs across their stores, customers will not question or cause embarrassment to people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and similar conditions, who need to use disabled toilets.   

People who live with IBS can experience many different symptoms, which include the need to go to the toilet immediately and result in distress and humiliation if they are forced to wait.  Let’s hope that other supermarkets, stores and public places follow Asda’s lead.

Collabro’s Thomas Redgrave named Charity Ambassador Thursday 9th March 2017

The IBS Network, the national charity that helps people living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is delighted to announce that Thomas Redgrave from the world’s most successful music theatre group, Collabro, has been named as its Ambassador.

Through raising awareness and sharing his experiences of living with IBS, Thomas’ role as Ambassador is vital to champion the work of The IBS Network, by ensuring that those with this debilitating condition can receive the support they need.

Commenting on his decision to take on the role of Ambassador, Thomas said:

“Having had IBS since I was a child, I know the impact it has long-term on so many people’s lives. I came forward as an Ambassador for The IBS Network to talk openly about my experiences, increase awareness of IBS, help the charity raise much needed funds and to break the taboo surrounding the condition.”

IBS and Work Tuesday 8th November 2016

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a serious, long-term condition that can cause disability and disrupt both your social and working life. With around 10-20% of the UK population living with IBS, this represents a significant number who are affected in the workplace. It is estimated that Britain’s businesses lose almost £3 billion every year through sick days related to gut health.

IBS training opportunities for junior doctorsThursday 30th March 2017

During the weekend of 3-5 March 2017, I attended a very innovative British Society of Gastroenterology training event organised by one The IBS Network’s expert advisers, Dr Adam Farmer Honorary consultant Gastroenterologist.

The event, created specifically for trainee doctors with a special interest in improving support for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) patients, included guest speakers from all the major specialist IBS treatment centres in the UK. An excellent learning opportunity was created for all.

Lucinda Stone is raising money for The IBS Network Monday 10th April 2017

Lucinda Stone is taking part in the Lakeland 100. She lives with IBS and wants to raise funds and awareness for The IBS Network charity, please support her on her adventure.

New pound coin arrives today Tuesday 28th March 2017

From October 2017, your old pound coins will be obsolete. Don’t let them ponder in your purse, wait in your wallet, linger in your luggage, dawdle in your drawers, settle in your sofa, or wallow in your whisky bottle!

Why not do something worthwhile with them and donate to The IBS Network and help us support those living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

It’s simple to donate via our website, just go to:

Taste Testing -beyond the call of duty!Thursday 30th March 2017

To show our dedication, as if this was ever in question, our team, along with colleagues in other offices, tested a few Easter eggs that are on the supermarket shelves, (and have been since early January!).

Below are our findings, not scientific, but a clear winner has emerged which might help inform your decision when choosing for yourself or a loved one. 

We sent out our team to a selection of supermarkets. We did visit two Co-op stores but were unable to buy dairy, gluten-free eggs at either of the stores. The most we spent was £5. Seven of us took part in the testing. 

We scored out of five, five being the best score, on flavour, texture, appearance and packaging. The maximum score in each category was 35, with the total being 140.

If you have received one, and don’t agree with our test outcomes, just let us know.

The Knowing as Healing Monday 10th October 2016

Do you have irritable bowel syndrome?

Are you interested in ways of living well with this condition?

We are offering people with irritable bowel syndrome the opportunity to participate in our next cycle of storying workshops. This is part of the University of Sheffield’s Knowing as Healing project, a collaboration between the University and the IBS Network. The project is led by Vicky Grant, a Researcher-Librarian in the University and a Trustee here at the IBS Network, our national charity for people living with irritable bowel syndrome.

The workshops are free and open to anyone who lives with IBS. Each workshop takes place in the Information Commons, at the University of Sheffield and lasts for two hours.

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