North of Scotland IA

North of Scotland IA aims to help and support people who have to undergo surgery which involves the removal of their colon and the creation of either an ileostomy or an ileo-anal pouch. Our membership stretches from as far south of Aberdeen as Inverbervie, Aberdeen city and throughout the north east corner of Scotland.

The majority of our members have had their surgery performed at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. We have a good relationship with the stoma care nurses based at the hospital. One of the three nurses regularly attends our committee meetings.

We can offer valuable support and advice gained from our own experiences and the knowledge and insight gained from years of living with an ileostomy or ileo-anal pouch.

As a group we organise 2 main meetings throughout the year in Aberdeen. The first is our Spring meeting which is combined with our AGM, and is normally held in May at Ferryhill Community Centre. At this meeting we invite a speaker, normally a medical professional along to give a talk to our members. This is followed by our AGM, and a chance to chat over a cuppa.

The second meeting is the Stoma Information Open Day which is normally held in early November which is very well attended. The venue for this has changed over the last few years as we try to find a suitable venue with ample parking and good transport links which is easily accessible for all our members.  It is a hive of activity with the ostomy company reps showing off their latest range of products, dieticians, stoma care nurses, incontinence nurses, representatives from the Colostomy Association and IA in attendance. We organise for 2 alternative therapists to come along and provide taster sessions for our members to try. We have a raffle and refreshments are served throughout the morning.

In addition to these 2 meetings we also hold an annual quiz night, normally in a social club in Inverurie. This is a social evening open to family and friends.

For the last 3 years we have organised a meal for our members in January at Cosmo in Union Square, Aberdeen.  Members enjoy sampling dishes from the buffet while socialising.

In the past we have enjoyed fun days at Lochter Outdoor Activity Centre in Aberdeenshire.  Members are challenged to try different activities such as archery, clay pigeon shooting, digger driving challenges and karting. We start the day with bacon rolls and finish by having a soup & sandwich lunch all together. This is an excellent social outing enjoyed by all ages.

Other social events are organised as determined by the interest of our members. If you have any suggestions for future meetings or social events please contact our secretary, her details are on the contacts page.

Our Young IA group meets regularly. They organise social events which have included ten pin bowling, going out for a meal, indoor adventure golf and the challenge of the climbing wall. If you would like to join them please contact our Young IA Co-ordinator to find out where they are meeting next, their contact details can be found on the contacts page.

Details of what events are forthcoming can be found on the events page.