The Colostomy Association is a UK registered charity representing the interests of people with a colostomy. Colostomy is not a subject that Unknown-2is openly discussed – hence there is a general lack of public knowledge on what it’s like to have a stoma. We offer support, reassurance and practical information to anyone who may be about to have, or already has a colostomy. The Association provides assistance to those who are new to living with a colostomy as well as those who have been colostomates for many years. Appropriate support and advice is offered to families and carers both before and after surgery.

We work with our staff, volunteers and health professionals, and aim to provide:

  • Support and advice for colostomates, their families and their carers
  • Email and 24hr telephone helpline
  • Comprehensive advisory literature and quarterly magazine
  • Visits for those who need it

We really can make a difference – our findings show there are an estimated 120,000 ostomates living in the UK of which 65,000 are colostomates, 45,000 are ileostomates and 10,000 are urostomates.  Approximately 21,000 temporary and permanent stoma operations are performed each year of which 6,500 are permanent colostomies – we need to be here for them.

Contact The Colostomy Association: 

Colostomy Association

Enterprise House

95 London Street




Phone us on:

Tel: +44 (0)118 939 1537

Helpline 0800 328 4257

Visiting us:

There is limited parking at our offices – the Oracle Shopping Centre has good parking or alternatively Queens Road Car Park are both a short walk from our offices.

Reading station is a pleasant 12-15 minute walk away.

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