The Colostomy Association is a registered charity (number 1113471) and a company limited by guarantee (company number 05623273).
From the beginning the charity’s mission has been to listen, to inform and to be your voice.
What is the role of the Colostomy Association?
The primary role of the Colostomy Association is to represent the interests of people with a colostomy. They are experts in living with a colostomy and that experience is available to all colostomates, via personal contact with their volunteers.
The Colostomy Association is here to provide support, reassurance and practical information to anyone who has or is about to have a colostomy. The charity strives to raise awareness of what it’s like to have a stoma and what it means to live with a colostomy and by doing this, the charity hopes to address the general lack of public knowledge.
The ultimate goal of the charity is to champion issues that affect colostomates, their families and their carers.
How the mission is carried out
The organisational structure of the Colostomy Association is made up of seven Trustees, a General Manager and other full time staff who are fully trained and responsible for the administration of the Association. The charity also has a number of highly valued volunteers who give their help and support.
The head office is based in Reading, Berkshire and our office hours are from 9am-5pm Mondays to Fridays. The Helpline is available 24/7 and we aim to have a colostomate online able to listen and discuss your concerns. The 24h free helpline is 0800 328 4257.
Covering the country are over 100 trained and experienced contact volunteers who are colostomates. Contact volunteers are dedicated individuals who bring a human touch in what can sometimes be a delicate and emotional time. Our contact volunteers are often asked to talk patients before their colostomy surgery, and afterwards in hospital, usually at the request of the stoma nurse. Home visits by contact volunteers can also be arranged at request.
The Colostomy Association has a range of advisory literature, written by colostomates and nursing professionals, readily available on request. Plus the quarterly magazine "Tidings".
The Colostomy Association attends organised stoma care nurses' "open days", where anyone can come and learn more about the colostomy in a friendly atmosphere and discuss any problems, questions or just enjoy the company.
The Colostomy Association also attends manufacturers' and suppliers', open days and exhibitions, where you can see what stoma bags, accessories and services are available. It's a real opportunity to meet and share experiences with other colostomates.
For more information about the work of The Colostomy Association, please visit www.colostomyassociation.org.uk