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100% accuracy at time of writing cannot be guaranteed.  A listing in this website is provided for informational purposes only, and does not mean it is an endorsement.  All companies listed are tried at the reader’s own risk.  All information provided is intended as a supplement to any professional help already

given.  Before acting on suggestions from anyone, ostomates are advised to check with a doctor or stoma care nurse that the course of action is suitable

for them. Whilst every care is taken, the author will not be held responsible.


















The Ashford Stoma Support Group gives support and practical advice to all ostomates - colostomates, ileostomates and urostomates.  Members come from the areas of Ashford, Folkestone and Lympne.  

The group holds regular meetings on the last Monday of every month, except for May, August and

Bank Holidays.  On many occasions, a representative from a stoma appliance manufacturer

attends, and in addition twice a year, there is a talk from a medical consultant.    

For further details, please telephone Ursula on 01233 640 863, or email




CancerWise is a registered charity offering support and information to all ostomates and to anyone concerned about cancer.  They serve the communities of Arun, Chichester, East Hampshire, Havant

and surrounding areas.

CancerWise offers a free drop-in service in a friendly and non-clinical environment.  There is no

appointment system, no need for a referral - just a friendly face and a comfy chair when needed.  The bright, welcoming centre, which is located in Basin Road, Chichester, is open from 9.30 a.m. to

4.30 p.m., Monday to Wednesday, and 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday and Friday.

Their approach is positive and holistic, focussing on relaxation techniques, subsidised complementary therapies and gentle exercise like Dru Yoga, tips on looking and feeling good and information on healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices - all designed to help people cope with their diagnosis and treatment.  In addition, CancerWise provides counselling services, support for carers and hold focussed group sessions.

Stoma Support Group meetings are arranged for the second Monday of each month from 10.30 a.m.

to 12 noon.  Three specialist stoma care nurses from St. Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, front the

group, and are happy to give advice and answer questions, either within the group or privately.

The drop-in service is available at CancerWise, Tavern House, 4 City Business Centre, Basin Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8DU.  

Further details can be obtained by telephoning CancerWise on 01243 778 516, or emailing






CUPID, Colostomy, Urostomy, Pouch and Ileostomy of Dorset, was formed to provide support to

patients before, during and after stoma surgery.  The group is run by trained volunteer visitors, who

are all ex-patients and know what it is like to live with a stoma.

Regular, bi-monthly, afternoon meetings are held in the Bournemouth and Poole areas, where

everyone is welcome to attend with a friend or a partner for a cup of tea and a chat with like-minded, friendly and supportive people.

Further details can be obtained by phoning Beryl Andrews on 01202 483 303 for the

Bournemouth meetings, or Jenny Pipe on 01202 740 440 for the Poole meetings.





Connect, Harlow & District Stoma Group, is a social network for ostomates, who have either a

colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy.

Connect has been specially created to enable stoma patients and their families to meet informally

to share experiences and offer each other practical advice on living with a stoma.  For this purpose,

the group has regular coffee mornings and some social events throughout the year.

 Further information can be obtained by telephoning the secretary, Lin Hart on 01279 505 273.





The East Berkshire Ostomy Club is a small, friendly social group, who enjoy the opportunity of

meeting people ‘who know how they feel’, whether they are a colostomate, ileostomate or

urostomate.  Everyday experiences, both positive and negative, are shared.

At each meeting, there is a display of Colostomy UK literature, plus samples and literature from

different stoma care companies.  Representatives from the manufacturing companies are invited

along to talk to members, and also PALS (Patient Advice And Liaison Services) and other advisory

bodies are asked to attend to give advice on benefits and support available in the  community.  

When stoma care nurses are able to leave their clinics, they are invited to the meetings, where they

are able to talk to members.  The support group organise a summer outing and a Christmas lunch,

so that partners and carers, can join in, if they are unable to attend on a weekly basis.

The ostomy club run a book club (20p a book) and hold a raffle each month in order to raise funds

for the group.

The East Berkshire Ostomy Club welcomes new members and their partners, from the Ascot,

Bracknell and Martins Heron areas.

The group meets every Monday afternoon (excluding Bank Holidays).  For further information,

please contact Jackie Dudley on 01344 426 652, or email




forCrohns is a registered charity, whose mission is to fund research, which helps patients with

Crohn’s Disease, and contribute to finding a cure for the disease in the future, whilst also making

more people in the UK aware of the disease.

ForCrohns hold a range of events throughout each year, including 10k forCrohns, Sing forCrohns,

Laugh forCrohns and Quiz forCrohns, raising nearly £200,000 for research into the condition.  

Details of all these events, and more, can be obtained by visiting, email or telephone 0208 954 0277.

Alternatively, follow forCrohns on their Facebook or Twitter page.






The Dartford Ostomy Group Support (D.O.G.S) support group welcomes all colostomates,

ileostomates and urostomates, family, carers and supporters, who live in Dartford and the

surrounding areas.

The group holds regular meetings on the third Wednesday of the month, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.,

at the St. Anselm’s Parish Centre, 89 West Hill, Dartford, Kent, DA1 2HJ.

  For further information and to confirm the date of the next meeting, please telephone Tracey,

John or Sue on 07948 974 350.  Alternatively, email






The Solent Ostomates Support Group covers Southampton and the surrounding areas.  They welcome all ostomates (colostomates, ileostomates and urostomates), family, carers and supporters.

The friendly, successful group meets regularly at the Kings Community Church, Sovereign Place,

Upper Northam Close, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 4BB, on the last Wednesday of each month

from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The meetings are informal, and give ostomates a chance to talk about their experiences and problems to someone in the same situation.  On many occasions, product manufacturers and stoma care nurses are in attendance.  Tea and cakes are served for a small charge, and at some meetings, a raffle is held.  During the year, the group organise several social events for both ostomates and carers.  

For further details of the group, please contact Carole Summer on 02380 446 779 or 07527 707 069.

Alternatively, email





The Wessex Urology Support Group is a fully-constituted, registered charity, whose aim is:

 “To relieve, assist and help any person suffering from any condition, which directly or indirectly

affects the bladder, and in particular those individuals who have undergone, or are about to

undergo urological surgery for urinary diversion in the area of Dorset, Hampshire, Isle Of Wight,

West Sussex and Wiltshire.  The support group aims to improve their quality of life and that of

those who care for them”.

The group provides pre-operation, post-operation and ongoing support through members, who are

CRB cleared, and who have undergone Macmillan training.

For further information, please email Adrian Kuczynski on

Alternatively, telephone 02380 733 991 or 07910 786 978.  




The Sheppey Ostomy Group Support (S.O.G.S) welcomes ostomates of all ages, and people with

IBD - patient, carer or relative - who live in Sheppey and the surrounding areas.  They provide understanding and support in a friendly atmosphere.  Local stoma nurses are available to answer questions, as are monthly group speakers.  Refreshments are provided.

The informal gatherings take place of the first Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at

the Thistle Hill Community Centre, Laurel Road, Minster On Sea, Kent, ME12 3FG.  

  For further information and to confirm the date of the next meeting, please telephone Shelley

on 07714 734 194.  Alternatively, email






The Oxfordshire Ostomy Fellowship is a voluntary group of people, who have had stoma surgery

– colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy. The group was formed in 1991 by stoma care nurses, who

recognised that people, both before and after surgery, find it helpful to talk to others similarly placed.

The group have three aims:

The group meets on a regular basis throughout the year for social events, barbecues, a

Christmas lunch, skittles evenings, tours of Oxford colleges and outings.  A calendar of events is

sent out regularly to keep all members informed.  From time to time, there are visits to ostomy

product suppliers.  The group co-operates with the stoma care nurses in running open days,

where manufacturers and others display their products and services.

  For further information, please telephone Pat on 01235 524 163 or email




•     To help and support each other.

•     To be available to help others, who are either considering surgery

       or coming to terms with their new way of life.

•     To support the work of the Stoma Care Departments of the

       Churchill and John Radcliffe Hospitals, Oxford and the Horton

       Hospital, Banbury.            


The Medway Ostomy Group Support (M.O.G.S) welcomes all for support regarding living with an ileostomy, colostomy, urostomy, internal pouch and IBD.  The group covers the Medway and the surrounding areas.

The group holds regular meetings on the first Tuesday of the month, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at

St. Mary’s Island Community Centre, Island Way West, St. Mary’s Island, Chatham, Kent, ME4 3EP.

  For further information and to confirm the date of the next meeting, please telephone Helen or

Tracey on 07773 605 534.  Alternatively, email






The Milton Keynes Stoma Support Group (MKSSG) offers a warm welcome to anyone, who has had  stoma surgery, their partners and friends.  Meetings are held four times a year in a friendly and

informal atmosphere with free refreshments.  Usually, there are representatives from stoma

appliance manufacturers, who attend with a product display and free samples.

Any further information can be obtained by emailing or by telephoning

Morag Harvey on 01908 567 091.