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.
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.
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.