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Our Stoma Aware campaign aims to tackle the stigma that still exits in some areas of society. The more society understands the easier it will become for people with stomas to lead fulfilling lives.
Our quick video explains why it’s important to be #StomaAware
Between October 2021 and April 2022 we asked to hear from ostomates about how having a stoma impacts on your day-to-day life in the United Kingdom, what you think about Colostomy UK, and how well supported you feel by healthcare professionals. Over 1,100 of you replied and we are now busy collating and analysing all your responses. They will help us better understand what matters to you and will shape the future direction of our campaigns and support services as we shoot for our goal of a more Stoma Aware United Kingdom.
We aim to feedback on what matters to you by the autumn.
Colostomy UK has been delivering Stoma Aware training for a number of years; however, the current format was introduced in 2017. The training seeks to educate organisations about the needs of ostomates, and the nature of hidden conditions. We educate organisations about what a stoma is, why someone might have a stoma and talk about ‘stoma stigma’. We talk about toilets, ostomates practical and emotional needs, infrastructure, and staff behaviour. At the end of the training, we act as a critical friend, supporting organisations to change their policies and procedures and overcome institutional prejudice.