We are currently looking for new volunteer campaigners to be a voice for the visible difference community, help develop new campaigns and work with others to learn and grow your skills in this area.
Please be aware that unfortunately not everyone who applies will become a Changing Faces campaigner, as we only have a certain number of places. If you have any questions about this, please contact [email protected].
- Location: Remote volunteering with some travel (expenses covered by Changing Faces)
- Suggested volunteer term: 24 months
- Closing date: 9am, Monday 3 October
- Informal interviews: Week beginning Monday 18 October
Our campaigners programme is one way in which Changing Faces ensures that the voices of those with a visible difference are heard directly by the media, business leaders, civil society and policy makers. As a volunteer campaigner, your role will be:
- To speak out on the issues affecting the visible difference community on behalf of Changing Faces, sharing your story and experiences.
- To help develop and create Changing Faces campaigns and related resources.
- To link regularly with fellow campaigners programme members to facilitate group learning, developing the skills of all in the group.
Some of the specific activities you will carry out include:
- Developing a “Your Story” which you will share to help break down stigma and stand up to prejudice.
- Participating in ongoing learning opportunities and training.
- Taking part in research for the charity.
- Sharing ideas, opinions and campaign ideas with Changing Faces staff.
Please download the full role description above for more details. You can read more about the work of our campaigners on this dedicated page.
- Volunteer campaigners must be aged 18 or over on the 1 October 2021, and have a visible difference that they are willing to speak about in public.
- Willingness to undertake Changing Faces media training and ongoing development training sessions.
- Willingness to keep staff updated on all your activities as a representative or in relation to Changing Faces, including contact from journalists, events and interviews.
- Willingness to be responsive to emails, messages and phone calls in order to respond to media and other requests.
- Strong commitment to Changing Faces values, vision and purpose and to keeping the voices of people with visible differences at the heart of all our work.
Equality and inclusion are at the heart of our mission and we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive organisation. We welcome applications from everyone in the community regardless of disability, age, race, gender, sexual orientation, faith or background. We particularly encourage applications from People of Colour / BAME and LGBTIQA+ people, as well as those who live in Scotland and Wales. This is so we can make sure that we are representing the full diversity of our community.
The minimum time commitment for the programme is as follows:
- One hour per month for an online call with Changing Faces staff and the other campaigners.
- Five-ten minutes each week to read an update email from Changing Faces.
- Two full days out of a one-year period to attend face-to-face training.
There will be a variety of opportunities for you to get involved, so how much time you commit beyond the above activities will depend on your availability and interest.
Changing Faces is the UK’s leading charity for everyone who has a mark, scar or condition that makes them look different (a visible difference). Being different in a society where there is such pressure to look a certain way is extremely difficult.
People with visible differences are vulnerable to isolation, loneliness, social anxiety and low self-esteem. They can face staring, unwanted attention and even bullying and hate crime. They may also experience lowered expectations in education, problems getting work and stereotyping in the media. This can have a devastating, and lasting, impact on their wellbeing. Adults often come to us, having never spoken to anyone about the psychological impact of their visible difference before.
Our services build confidence and resilience – giving people the tools to manage their feelings, cope in different social settings, handle other people’s reactions or deal with life, education, work and relationships.
Applying is simple. All you need to do is read the campaigners volunteer role profile, which you can download above, and complete all sections of the form below.
Please be aware that unfortunately not everyone who applies will become a Changing Faces campaigner, as we only have a certain number of places. If you have any questions about this, please contact [email protected]
Applications close at midnight on 9am, Monday 3 October.