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Urostomy Association

Support and information for people with, or considering, a urinary diversion

Support for you

Support for you

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One to one support

Having a urinary diversion can be daunting, but our trained volunteers can provide reassuring, confidential one to one support, by telephone, face-to-face or through our branches and groups. All our volunteers are urostomates themselves, so can understand your concerns.
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Frequently asked questions

If you’re facing, or living with a urinary diversion, you’ve probably got lots of questions. Do check out our FAQs and see if we can help. You can also check out the other ways we can help on our ‘One to one support’ page.
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‘Meet the experts’ webinars

Whether you’re considering or already have a urinary diversion, you may questions about how this might affect your life. We’ve been listening to your helpline and Facebook queries and designing a series of webinars which explore some of the most common topics.

The urostomy blog

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Walk of hope and gratitude

John Cunningham has not only a urostomy but a colostomy too. Now he and his wife, Wendy, are embarking on the Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge to show there can be life after cancer and that you can still achieve your goals, even living with two stomas.

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Managing night drainage: your questions answered

Getting a good night’s sleep is so important, but for people living with a urostomy this is not always straightforward due to issues around obtaining smooth drainage, plus the worry of potential leaks at night. Stoma care nurse Michaela Parker answers urostomates’ most frequently asked questions, based on latest guidelines.

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Managing bladder cancer

About 10,000 people are diagnosed with bladder cancer every year in the UK. In this blog, we explore the symptoms and explain the importance of getting the right information and treatment if you are diagnosed with the condition.

Latest news

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Could you be our new Treasurer?

Are you as good with figures as you are with people, and keen to make a difference as a volunteer? Are you experienced in financial management, analysis and reporting, and care about people adapting to life with a urinary diversion? If so, you could be the Treasurer we’re seeking to join our friendly, dedicated Board of Trustees.

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Boys need bins – campaign update

Our Boys need Bins campaign continues to go from strength to strength, as we call for male sanitary bins to be available in men’s toilets UK-wide. This way, men with incontinence can dispose of their sanitary waste easily, safely and with dignity.

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Supporting the Manifesto for Equitable Healthcare

In what is likely to be an election year, we are proud to join National Voices in its Manifesto for Equitable Healthcare, putting forward three general election priorities.

Support our work

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Make a regular donation

Regular, monthly donations are crucial because life with a urinary diversion can feel daunting. It’s vital that people have somewhere to turn for reassurance, from diagnosis to living life to the full again. We provide that support, but can only do so with kind donations.
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Giving in celebration

Giving in celebration is an uplifting way to raise funds and make a real difference to the lives of people living with urinary diversions. By asking your loved ones to make a donation instead of giving presents, you can promote and support our ongoing work.
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Gifts in wills

Since the Urostomy Association began in 1971 we’ve supported thousands of people living with a urinary diversion. Will you leave a gift in your Will, so we can continue provide reassurance to anxious people long into the future?

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