About Us

The Coeliac Society was founded in 1968 by Elizabeth Segall and Peter Benenson. Elizabeth was the wife of a doctor and mother of a child with coeliac disease and Peter, who also founded Amnesty International, had coeliac disease and was passionate about helping others. 
 
Today, Coeliac UK has over 60,000 Members and is the leading charity working for people with coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis (DH). Our mission is to improve the lives of people with coeliac disease through support, campaigning and research.
 

Our role in supporting the food service sector 

We know that one of the key issues faced by those following a gluten-free diet today is access to safe food when eating away from home. To help facilitate this need, one of the strategic aims of the Charity is to work with the catering sector to provide better choice for people with coeliac disease when they eat out. 
 
We want to see:
more choice on menus for people following a gluten-free diet 
deeper understanding of how to prepare and deliver gluten-free food 
clearly labelled menus 
well informed staff 
 

With this in mind, we have developed a range of solutions to help the catering sector take positive steps to ensure they can prepare and deliver great gluten-free food for people with coeliac disease and in turn take advantage of the up and coming gluten-free market which is worth over £100 million. 

These services include catering training courses, bespoke consultancy for larger businesses and accreditation with trademarked symbols to use on literature, menus and pre-packaged products. 
 
Together, we can help create a world free from restriction for people with coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis. 
 
For more information about Coeliac UK, please go to www.coeliac.org.uk