Changing Faces is the UK’s leading charity for the 1.3 million people in the UK with a visible difference: a mark, scar or condition that makes them look different.
We provide advice, support and psychosocial services to children, young people and adults. We challenge discrimination and we campaign for Face Equality: a world that truly values and respects people who look different
We want a future where everyone with a visible difference on their face or body has the confidence, support and opportunity to lead the lives they want.
People with visible differences or disfigurements face multiple challenges. They are vulnerable to isolation, loneliness, social anxiety and low self-esteem. They face staring, harassment, bullying and hate crime. They experience lowered expectations in school, problems getting work and stereotyping in the media. They are severely under-represented in public life and decision-making.
Among children and young people:
“It’s important to understand that looking different doesn’t mean we’re strange – if there was more awareness maybe there would be less bullying. If there were less bullying – we’d feel more confident.” – Sam, 13
At Changing Faces we believe this is wrong. We want everyone with a visible difference to have the confidence and support to lead the lives they want and realise their potential.
How does Changing Faces help?
People with visible differences have told us about the transformational impact our work can have. Our psychosocial and wellbeing services build confidence and resilience – giving people with visible differences tools to manage their feelings, cope in different social settings, handle other people’s reactions or deal with transitions such as starting school. Our campaigns challenge the negative attitudes and perceptions and behaviours they face every day and empower them to speak out, tell their stories and call for change.
“The act of talking about it with someone who also had a visible difference was great -freeing- I’d kept it to myself for so long”
Wellbeing Service User
Our work is focused on three key areas:
Psychosocial Support and Wellbeing – We help to build people’s confidence and self-esteem by:
Education and Advocacy – We work to change social attitudes by:
Skin Camouflage – We help people with a visible difference to manage their appearance-related concerns more easily by:
Our aim is to improve peoples’ wellbeing, build resilience and change social attitudes.