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Colostomy Association Trustee, Wendy Hetherington sadly passes away

Aug 17, 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Colostomy Association trustee Wendy Hetherington, who passed away on Tuesday after a short illness. Read more

Travelling Light? Yes, Just 50 Bags...

Jul 24, 2017
Read our latest blog for HuffPost on how we are working to improve the experience of traveling through an airport with a stoma. Read more

The Colostomy Association Unity Lottery is about to undergo an exciting change.

Jul 12, 2017
We are very pleased to announce that as of 1st July 2017, the Unity Lottery will be implementing a new prize for a 3 digit number match of 5 Prize Entries! Read more

New Blog Post - Embracing my bag

Jul 7, 2017
Hannah shares her photos to inspire others Read more

Official launch of Colostomy Day 2017

Jun 26, 2017
We are so excited to share the photos from our shoot and launch Colostomy Day 2017 Read more

Stoma Aid helps ostomates in Nepal

Jun 20, 2017
We are delighted to announce that our Stoma Aid project is now working with UK charity, Health Exchange Nepal Read more

Dietary advice and colorectal cancer

May 25, 2017
Can you spare 15 minutes to complete an online survey? Read more

Tired Of Being Made ‘Aware’? Why You Shouldn’t Be

May 11, 2017
To support #mentalhealthawarenessweek we've blogged for the Huffington Post Read more

Stoma Aid helps ostomates in Syria

May 10, 2017
The Colostomy Association is pleased to announce that its Stoma Aid project is now working with Hand in Hand for Syria. Read more

Ostomate Shelly Lawes help raise awareness of stomas in The Sun

May 9, 2017
Ostomate Shelley Lawes joins brave Sun readers to explain why they’re proud of their incredible bodies after being inspired by ITV’s Loose Women Read more

West Bromwich Albion Joins 'stoma friendly' campaign

May 5, 2017
The Hawthorns is now displaying ‘Not all disabilities are visible #stomafriendly' signs on all of the club's accessible toilet facilities across the stadium. Read more

The Colostomy Association statement on Holby City

Apr 13, 2017
The Colostomy Association would like to make known their disappointment in the way that colostomy surgery was portrayed in the episode of Holby City ‘Some on to look after me’ which was aired on BBC1 on 12th April 2017. Read more

Interested in bowel cancer and disease?

Apr 10, 2017
Then join Bowel and Cancer Research at this free one day event Read more

We've launched the theme for Colostomy Day 2017

Mar 30, 2017
The theme for Colostomy Day 2017 is being launched in the Spring issue of Tidings. We are really excited to share it with you. Read more

Latest Guest Blog -

Mar 28, 2017
Darren talks about coming to terms with his stoma Read more

Is It Society Or People That Are Disabled? Raising Awareness Of Invisible Conditions

Mar 28, 2017
Colostomy Association's Richard Biddle features on the Huffington Post Blog Read more

Chris's Story - Living with a stoma

Mar 24, 2017
Our new film features Chris, a university student living with a stoma Read more

‘Home of Cricket’, Lord’s, joins ‘Stoma Friendly’ campaign

Mar 8, 2017
In time for the 2017 season, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the owners of Lord’s has made changes to facilities so that they are now ‘stoma friendly’ Read more

Premier League Team, Stoke City FC, joins campaign against discrimination of ‘invisible’ illnesses

Mar 3, 2017
We are delighted to announce that Stoke City FC have joined our Stoma Friendly Society Campaign Read more

Research Request: Stoma Swimwear

Feb 21, 2017
Request from a student from Instituto Marangoni working on a dissertation in improving quality of lives for women living with a stoma. Read more

Open Day 2017

Feb 3, 2017
Full details of our 2017 open day Read more

Our first guest blog....

Feb 1, 2017
Returning to work after stoma surgery Read more

We've launched our Blog

Jan 23, 2017
A place for all things ostomate... Read more

Tesco changes signage on accessible toilets.

Jan 18, 2017
Supermarket giant Tesco will change the signage of its accessible toilets to reflect the 'invisible nature' of some health conditions Read more

Evaluation of the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme (IPC)

Jan 13, 2017
Members wanted for Co-production Panel supporting the evaluation Read more

Guest blog for us

Jan 11, 2017
New for 2017 we are launching an ostomy blog. Read more

Marks and Spencer accessible toilet signage

Dec 14, 2016
New signs to be rolled out in 2017 Read more

Our guest blog for Bullens

Dec 13, 2016
'A day in the life' at the Colostomy Association Read more

Christmas Food and Drink

Dec 7, 2016
Here are a few tips for eating and drinking over Christmas Read more

Our Guest Blog for Inga Wellbeing

Dec 7, 2016
Clothing for ostomates Read more

Morrisons to change accessible toilet signage

Dec 1, 2016
Supermarket giant Morrisons has announced plans to change the signage on their accessible toilets to reflect the 'invisible nature' of health condtions Read more

It's Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week 1- 7 Dec

Dec 1, 2016
Increasing awareness of these 'invisible illnesses'. Read more

Open Day Fashion show

Nov 30, 2016
proving that having a stoma doesn’t stop you from looking good and feeling great. Read more

Josh the snow leopard is off to paediatric departments

Nov 21, 2016
Our JOSH snow leopards are making their way to paediatric departments across the UK thanks to grant funding. Nurses will be able to give these cuddly animals to children who are about to have or are recovering from stoma surgery, or who have bowel and bladder dysfunctions. Read more

The latest issue of Tidings - available to download

Nov 17, 2016
The latest issue of Tidings is now available to view online. Read more

NHS #selfcareweek

Nov 14, 2016
Its NHS #selfcareweek Read more

Purple Iris Award - Nominations Open

Nov 7, 2016
Our Purple Iris Award recognises outstanding stoma care and exemplary service within a Stoma Care Department or community setting. Read more

Last chance to order our 2017 calendar before Christmas

Nov 2, 2016
Order our 2017 calendar now to arrive before Christmas Read more

Colostomy Association attends London Ambulance Service Wellbeing Day

Nov 2, 2016
Jackie Dudley helped to raise awareness of our working supporting ostomates. Read more

#stomafriendly toilet stickers

Oct 31, 2016
We are delighted to announce that our new stoma friendly toilet stickers have arrived. Read more

Colostomy Day 2016

Oct 26, 2016
Thank you to everyone that took part in Colostomy Day 2016. The day was a great success. Read more

Loz Tronic completes amazing challenge

Oct 25, 2016
Huge congratulations and thanks to Loz Tronic who has completed the Saharan Challenge and raised over £630 for us. Read more

Kings College Study on food and diet

Oct 25, 2016
Kings College London are conducting a study to investigate the impact that having a stoma has on food related quality of life and the nutritional adequacy of the diet. Read more

Campaign update - What's been happening

Oct 24, 2016
Asda has announced that they will be rolling out new signs for their accessible toilets in over 400 of their stores. The new signs say “Not every disability is visible”. Great news Asda! Read more

Think Local Act Personal Care Act Survey

Sep 30, 2016
This is great opportunity for service users and carers to record their experiences of social care and will directly feed into the Department of Health’s evaluation of the Care Act. Read more

Colostomy Day - 9 myths of having a stoma

Sep 30, 2016
Colostomy Day is a national awareness day on Saturday 1st October to help tackle some of the issues faced by people in the UK who live with a stoma. Read more

Bowel Cancer UK Colorectal Cancer Study Days

Sep 28, 2016
This year Bowel Cancer UK are holding two Colorectal Cancer Study Days designed for practitioners caring for people affected by colorectal cancer in primary and secondary care settings. Read more


Sep 28, 2016
Cancer Research UK’s new Talking About Cancer course, taken by more than 2,000 people, has proven a huge success in building confidence to discuss cancer facts and prevention. We encourage you to sign up, and to spread the word to others. Read more

ASCN 2016

Sep 27, 2016
We're attending the ASCN Conference on 27th – 29th September. Come and find out how we can help and support your patients. Read more

Colostomy Day swim event to break ‘poo taboo’

Sep 21, 2016
Triathlete Caroline Bramwell, from Ilfracombe, is hoping to highlight the challenges faced by people living with a stoma by running a swimming event in Sidmouth on Friday, September 30. Read more

Video - Why ostomates use accessible toilets

Sep 16, 2016
Keith Thomas has created a great video to raise awareness of why ostomates use accessible toilets. Read more

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) research study

Sep 15, 2016
Engineers from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), are currently trying to develop an improved solution for ostomy patients as part of their master thesis. Read more

Join Bowel Cancer UK to help improve treatment and care for patients with advanced bowel cancer

Sep 12, 2016
Join Bowel Cancer UK and charities from around the world to help improve treatment and care for patients with advanced bowel cancer Read more

Colostomy Association voices concern over closure of Pangbourne public toilets

Sep 1, 2016
The Colostomy Association is concerned over news that Pangbourne Parish Council has decided that it will not fund or manage the public toilets in Station Road Pangbourne. Read more

Adult Social Care Forum - have your say.

Aug 16, 2016
The Communities and Local Government Committee, as part of their ongoing inquiry into adult social care, has set up an online forum on adult social care, to hear directly from those who are personally impacted by social care. Read more

Spectacular aquarium, The Deep endorsed as Stoma Friendly.

Aug 12, 2016
The Hull based aquarium has already won a number of awards for its accessibility and has now made changes to its four accessible toilets to ensure they are stoma friendly. Read more

Association of Train Operating Companies recognises the needs of people with a stoma

Aug 11, 2016
The Colostomy Association is delighted to announce that the latest edition of Key Train Requirements makes recommendations that train toilets should include a hook, shelf and waste bin to cater for persons with medical conditions needing stoma bags. Read more

Jackie Dudley nominated as Community Champion

Aug 11, 2016
We are delighted to announce that volunteer Jackie Dudley has been nominated for a Pride of Reading award for her work with the Colostomy Association. Read more

Video - Living with a stoma

Jul 21, 2016
Pat Armstrong talks about being diagnosed with rectal cancer, having a stoma and how she manages this in her daily life. Nurse Gail Kerr gives information about living with a stoma. Read more

Can you help spread the word about the Colostomy Association?

Jul 18, 2016
We've created a special A4 poster that can be displayed in a variety of locations to signpost people to the free advice and information available from the Colostomy Association. Read more

Colostomy Association becomes a member of the Care & Support Alliance

Jun 24, 2016
The Care & Support Alliance was set up in July 2009 and represents 80 of Britain’s leading charities campaigning for a properly funded care system alongside the millions of older people, people with disabilities and their carers, who deserve decent care. Read more

Colostomy Association 2017 Calendar

Jun 21, 2016
At the Colostomy Association, we believe that having a stoma should not stop people from living a full and active life, or from travelling the world. Discover incredible places with our beautiful 2017 calendar. Containing stunning scenic pictures from South Africa, the Norwegian Fjords, Greece, Florida, Belgium and Wyoming to name a few; how far will it inspire you to travel? Read more

Models Wanted

May 20, 2016
Our next Colostomy Association Open Day will take place in September 2017. We do hope you can join us as it promises to be another wonderful opportunity for people to benefit from a wide range of exhibits, topical talks, SCN appointments and more... Read more

Take our Quality of Life Survey

May 11, 2016
We would like to know what impact a stoma has on your day-to-day life, so please take a few moments to fill out our online survey Read more

Colostomy Association reaches 23,000 supporters

Apr 26, 2016
More people are receiving support from the Colostomy Association than ever before Read more

Colostomy Association Facebook group hits 4,000 members

Mar 31, 2016
The Colostomy Association's Facebook Support Group has hit a new milestone this week as it reaches 4,000 members Read more

JOSH receives endorsement from PSNG

Mar 18, 2016
The Colostomy Association's dedicated helpline for parents and carers of children with an ostomy has received the endorsement of the Pediatric Stoma Nurse Group. Read more

Loz Tronic treks across the Sahara for Colostomy Association

Mar 10, 2016
Loz Tronic, an artist from Haywards Heath, blogs about why she's trekking across the Sahara for the Colostomy Association. Read more

Admin Volunteer for Stoma Aid needed

Mar 8, 2016
The Colostomy Association is looking for a volunteer in Bolton to help with our Stoma Aid project. Read more

Colostomy Association forms partnership with Reading Samaritans

Feb 15, 2016
The Colostomy Association and Reading branch of Samaritans have formed a partnership to improve the services available to callers on our 24 hour helpline. Read more

Launch of new 'Sport & Fitness After Stoma Surgery' booklet

Feb 8, 2016
The Colostomy Association has launched a brand new booklet to help patients get back into sport and fitness following stoma surgery. Read more

Colostomy Association to release audio versions of Tidings magazine

Feb 1, 2016
The Colostomy Association will now release audio versions of every issue of Tidings magazine. Read more

Colostomy Association pilots 'Caring for Colostomates' initiative

Jan 15, 2016
Carers of individuals living with a stoma in Berkshire are being encouraged to enrol on a free workshop by the Colostomy Association Read more

Enter the Colostomy Association 2017 Calendar Competition

Jan 6, 2016
How far have you travelled with your stoma? The Colostomy Association is looking for entries for our 2016 calendar competition Read more

How to make a pouch cover

Jan 5, 2016
In the Winter 2016 edition of our Tidings magazine, Wendy kindly introduced herself and explained why she made pouch covers. Read more

Colostomy Association launches Stoma Aid service

Dec 15, 2015
The Colostomy Association has launched a brand new service to change the lives of thousands of people living with a stoma across the world. Read more

Support the Colostomy Association on #GivingTuesday

Nov 25, 2015
Looking for an antidote to Black Friday? Enjoy some ethical Christmas shopping on 1st December as part of #GivingTuesday Read more

Colostomy Association's Jo McKenzie wins Employee of the Year

Nov 9, 2015
The hard work and dedication of the Colostomy Association's Senior Administrator was recognised at this year's Pride of Reading Awards. Read more

Colostomy Association at ASCN 2015

Oct 21, 2015
The Colostomy Association were in attendance at this year's Annual Conference of the Association of Stoma Care Nurses. Read more

Colostomy Association Awareness Day 2015

Oct 11, 2015
On Saturday 3rd October, dozens of supporters, individuals and businesses across the country helped fight the stoma stigma by going purple for Colostomy Association Awareness Day Read more

Coming soon: Tidings - Issue 39

Oct 1, 2015
Keep an eye out for the Autumn edition of Tidings magazine - the UK's most-read stoma magazine - hitting doorsteps from next week. Read more

Order your 2016 Colostomy Association calendar today

Sep 25, 2015
The Colostomy Association is committed to showing that having an ostomy is no barrier to living life to the full, and we'll be showing off some of our supporters' adventures around the world in our 2016 calendar. Read more

Judy Colston appointed as CA Trustee

Sep 24, 2015
The Colostomy Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Judy Colston onto our Board of Trustees Read more

Making an impact at Reading Pride 2015

Sep 16, 2015
The Colostomy Association reached out to Berkshire's LGBT+ community earlier this month at Reading Pride 2015 Read more

CA 2016 Calendar Competition Winners Announced

Aug 28, 2015
We are excited to announce the winner of our 2016 calendar competition. Read more

Go Purple for CA Awareness Day

Aug 27, 2015
Help spread the word about the Colostomy Association and life with a stoma by going purple for CA Awarness Day in October. Read more

Tidings Issue 38 now online!

Aug 5, 2015
The Summer Issue of Tidings is now available to read online with a variety of personal stories, useful tips and information on support. Read more

Maidstone Hospital win Purple Iris Award

Jul 30, 2015
The stoma care team at Maidstone Hospital were presented with the Colostomy Association's Purple Iris Award at the charity's 10th anniversary celebrations. Read more

Colostomy Association celebrates 10th anniversary

Jul 24, 2015
On the 11th and 12th July, the Colostomy Association and hundreds of supporters celebrated the last 10 years of the charity. Read more

Raise money for the Colostomy Association while you shop

Jul 22, 2015
You can now make a free donation to the Colostomy Association each time you shop instore at Sainsbury's. Read more

Give with confidence with the Colostomy Association

Jul 15, 2015
The Colostomy Association is committing to responsible and accountable fundraising by joining the Fundraising Standards Board. Read more

What's coming up in Tidings Issue 38?

Jun 26, 2015
The latest issue of Tidings is hitting doorsteps soon with exclusive life stories and illuminating information for ostomates, carers and their families. Read more

Getting kids crafty with Pouch Craft

Jun 26, 2015
The Colostomy Association has been helping encourage positive attitudes around stomas with their Pouch Craft competition Read more

Thank you to Colostomy Association volunteers

Jun 5, 2015
It is Volunteers' Week - a chance for charities up and down the country to proudly celebrate the work of their volunteers. The Colostomy Association would like to thank everyone who helps ensure we provide support to over 23,000 people each year. Read more

Scottish ostomates asked to fill out survey

May 22, 2015
If you live in Scotland then please take a few minutes to fill out this survey from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government. Read more

Purple Iris Award nominees revealed

May 22, 2015
The Colostomy Association is proud to announce the shortlist for our Purple Iris Award which celebrates the best stoma care departments across the country. Read more

Tidings Issue 37 now online!

May 19, 2015
The Spring edition of Tidings is now available to read online - find out more about what's in this issue. Read more

Get your holiday photos featured in our 2016 calendar

May 18, 2015
Help fight the poo taboo by submitting your holiday photos for 2016 Colostomy Association calendar Read more

Win a car with our 10th anniversary raffle

May 6, 2015
Don't miss out on your chance to win a car as well as other cash prizes in our special 10th anniversary raffle. Read more

From Oban to Dundonnell for the Colostomy Association

Apr 9, 2015
Paul Hodson is cycling from Oban to Dundonnell for the Colostomy Association. Read more

Give someone a #BagOfLife - help fund Stoma Aid

Mar 25, 2015
In May we will be launching a crowdfunding campaign for Stoma Aid - help spread the word and join our Thunderclap campaign. Read more

Colostomy Association Facebook group hits 3,000 members

Mar 24, 2015
Set up with a few dozen members in 2009, the Colostomy Association's closed Facebook group is celebrating reaching 3,000 members this month. Read more

9 myths about having a stoma

Mar 5, 2015
Despite more public awareness, there are still myths around having a stoma. Here are 9 myths about ostomates that should be dispelled. Read more

Tidings Issue 36 - online now!

Feb 18, 2015
The latest edition of Tidings is now available to read online - have a look at what's in issue 36. Read more

Colostomy Association flips for Pancake Race

Feb 17, 2015
For Pancake Day, staff members from the Colostomy Association took part in the annual Reading Pancake Race in support of local homeless charity, Launchpad Reading. Read more

New way to donate – we want your old or broken jewellery

Feb 10, 2015
There is now a new way to help raise funds for the Colostomy Association. Read more

Liam's London Marathon Training Blog

Feb 10, 2015
Liam Grist is running the London Marathon in aid of the Colostomy Association – you can stay up to date with his progress with his new training blog. Read more

Ostomy Reviewer

Jan 26, 2015
A new website has been launched where ostomates are able to read and write reviews of stoma care products. Read more


Jan 22, 2015
New national helpline for families affected by bowel and bladder dysfunctions Read more

London Marathon 2015

Jan 9, 2015
Liam is participating in the London Marathon and raising vital funds for Colostomy Association. Read more

The Royal Berkshire 10K

Jan 8, 2015
We have been given 5 free places for the 2015 Royal Berkshire 10K. Read more

New Parent Helpline - Junior Ostomy Support Helpline

Oct 10, 2014
A new parent helpline called JOSH is being launced this autumn... Read more

Jenny Running The Great North Run 2014

Aug 14, 2014
Jenny running the Great North Run for the Colostomy Association Read more

Colostomy Irrigation DVDs

Jun 5, 2014
New from the Colostomy Association... Read more

What's coming up in Tidings Issue 38?

Nov 30, 1999
The latest issue features informative articles on returning to work and reversals as well as inspirational life stories. Read more

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