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Colonise was established by Gill Chadwick eight years ago.  At the time, Gill was new to a life with a stoma, and she felt that there was no-one to exchange views about the condition.  Colonise is a local Hertfordshire group, based in St. Albans, for anyone with a stoma - colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy - whether through cancer, Crohn's, colitis or any other medical emergencies.

The motto of Colonise is:

Come and meet fellow ostomates to socialise, share advice and information in an informal setting.

The support group meet once a month in the evening.  There are talks on stoma-related subjects and suppliers’ representatives attend with new product information.  In addition, there are visits from stoma care nurses, quizzes, and even a summer buffet and Christmas get-together!  Sometimes at meetings, the group just chat amongst themselves.  The members all support each other in whatever way they can, sharing tips and information, and generally being able to talk to like-minded people with similar problems associated with stomas.

Colonise normally meets on the last Tuesday of each month (except August, November and

December).  The meetings are held at the Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice, St. Albans City Hospital, Waverley Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 5QX, commencing at 7.30 p.m.

For more information on the group, or to check on the date for the next meeting, please contact

Anastasia on 01727 760 981, or email







The Hertford Stoma Support Group was established for people with stomas of all kinds, their

carers and partners.  The support group has members from Hertford and the surrounding areas.  However, if any ostomate is willing to travel from further afield, they would be most welcome.  It is a very successful and pro-active group, who meet in a friendly and informal environment.  Members feel like they are one big, happy family.

Meetings are held regularly - usually on the second Tuesday of every month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Ostomates can talk to like-minded people, learn from one another and maybe dispel many myths about stomas.  Guest speakers attend some of the meetings.

For further details of the group, please telephone Ralda on 01992 535 311, or email




The Mid Essex Stoma Support Group was established in October 2002 as a group run by ostomates

for ostomates.  The main objectives of the association are:


The group publish a newsletter, The Messenger, every three/four months, and hold meetings on

a regular basis throughout the year.

For further details of future meetings, please contact Paul Foulger, the Chair and Secretary,

on 01245 224 374, or email



Give patients/ostomates the opportunity to meet and talk informally with others, who have a stoma.

Keep everyone updated regarding the latest ostomy products and services.

Get together on a social basis at meetings, and specially-arranged events.



The North Essex Stoma Support Group has been in existence for about twenty years, and has gone from strength to strength.  The group welcomes patients with all forms of a stoma from the North East Essex area, with meetings being held in Clacton, Colchester and Dovercourt.  Members can be accompanied by their partners or friends.  Meetings are held on a regular basis - about six times a year.  In addition, an annual day out is organised during the summer, and a support group dinner during November or December.  Occasionally, theatre trips are arranged.

Meetings take on various formats - company representatives, other speakers or a general discussion

amongst members on stoma issues.  The support group do not charge an annual or meeting subscription, but raise money through a raffle at the meetings, or by undertaking a tombola at the

local stoma exhibition, which is held every eighteen months.  A newsletter is sent out to members about two weeks before each meeting (posted or emailed).

For further details of the group or the meetings, please contact the Group Secretary, Brian Waller,

on 01206 540 449 or 07754 813 465.  Alternatively, email Brian at




Peterborough Stoma Support Group (Ostomistics) is a friendly, support group, covering

Peterborough and the surrounding area, for anyone with a colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy, or for any patient about to have surgery.  The group was set up to help one another through good and bad

times, to offer support, share experiences, and to keep members updated on new products and

services available to them.

The meetings are varied, and may include visits from different stoma, support wear and underwear companies, who will display their latest products.  In addition, several coach trips are arranged throughout the year, either stoma related or just for pampering.

The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.,

at the Stanground Community Centre, Whittlesey Road, Peterborough, PE2 8QS (opposite the Aldi Stores).  Any ostomate, partner, friend or carer will be very welcome.  Membership is free, and refreshments are provided.

For further information, please telephone Allan on 01354 653 290 or 07836 661 102.   

Alternatively, email





The Stars (Stoma And Reconstruction Surgery) support group welcomes all colostomates, ileostomates and urostomates, family, carers and supporters, who live in Norwich and the surrounding areas.

The group holds regular meetings throughout the year, including a BBQ in August and a Christmas lunch in December.  On most occasions, a representative from a stoma appliance manufacturer

attends, with a product display and free samples.  Refreshments are provided.

  For further information, please telephone Anne Brown on 01603 661 751.  Alternatively, email





The James Paget Ostomy Support Group aims to provide, in whatever way they can, help and

 support to patients, who are about to undergo ostomy surgery, or who already have an abdominal stoma.  It is a usual occurrence to want to talk to other people, who have been through the same experience, and this can be a source of reassurance and inspiration.  If requested, visitors from

the group will visit patients before and after surgery, and during any stay in hospital, to help

patients return to their normal lifestyle as soon as possible.  The group also offers encouragement

and assistance to patients’ families and friends.

They cover the Norfolk and Waveney areas, and there is no charge for membership.

The group hold meetings on the first Wednesday of every month at the Louise Hamilton Centre,

James Paget Hospital, Lowestoft Road, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, NR31 6LA, from

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  In addition, they also hold meetings in the evenings, commencing at 7 p.m.,

at the Gorleston Golf Club, Warren Road, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, NR31 6JT.

These social meetings are varied - there will be a representative present from one of the ostomy appliance suppliers, and perhaps a guest speaker, a talk on gardening, cookery, flower arranging,

etc., a beetle drive or quiz.  A light buffet is provided, and there is always a raffle.  At least one

stoma care nurse attends every meeting.  The emphasis of the meetings are based on friendship

and informality.  Ostomates have found that they obtain comfort from seeing so many people like themselves, and often pass helpful tips onto others.  

 Further details and exact meeting dates can be obtained from the support group secretary,

Mrs. Sandra Hutchings on 01502 585 955 or email -