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We’re celebrating new National Lottery funding for our services

Our chief executive, Heather, explains how funding from The National Lottery Community Fund will help us achieve our new strategy.

We are pleased to announce that the National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, has awarded us £430,605 to help us deliver our support services to more people than ever before.  

The funding, which is for a three-year period, will enable us to continue the vital work that we do to support people through our mental health and wellbeing support services. It will also be used to help us develop the online services we offer, including our online self-help resources and our online community forum.  

The funding will also support our work to share the stories and experiences of people with a visible difference, with a particular focus on working with young people to make sure their views are heard. 

Heather Blake, Chief Executive, Changing Faces said: “We are delighted to share the news that we have been awarded this generous funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, this grant means we will be able to make significant progress towards our goal of seeing even more people, wherever they are, having access to the support they need. Being able to offer support in a variety of different formats is so important to help us reach different groups of people who don’t currently access our services. 

This grant means we will be able to make significant progress towards our goal of seeing even more people, wherever they are, having access to the support they need.

Heather Blake, Chief Executive of Changing Faces

“It will also help us develop our programmes so people with visible differences have a stronger voice and platform to share their experiences. We know the positive impact that seeing role models speaking out and having a presence in the press and on social media can have. Being able to continue and grow this area of work is very exciting.” 

National Lottery players raise over £30 million a week for good causes across the UK. The National Lottery Community Fund distributes a share of this to projects to support people and communities to prosper and thrive.   

A white woman in her twenties, with brunette hair and glasses. She's wearing a red off-the-shoulder blouse and glasses. Her left eye sits slightly lower than her right which is her visible difference.

Changing Faces Campaigner, Hannah, speaks about the positive impact sharing her story had.

Hannah, Changing Faces campaigner said: 

“It’s great news that the National Lottery Community Fund has awarded this grant to Changing Faces. Speaking out and sharing my story as part of the Changing Faces campaigners programme has been really rewarding. It was amazing to see the response my story had across social media and hear how it resonated with others, helping them feel less alone. I’m looking forward to doing even more awareness raising work with my fellow campaigners.” 

During the pandemic, in 2020 alone, The National Lottery Community Fund distributed almost £1 billion to charities and community organisations across the UK.  

The funding will run from July 2022 to June 2025 You can keep up to date on the work we’re doing to deliver our new five-year strategy by signing up to receive regular email updates from us.  

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