Changing Faces works with people of all ages who are disfigured in any way: birthmarks, cleft lips, burns, facial cancer and palsy, and skin conditions like acne, exzema and vitiligo are the most common causes.
Although plastic surgery and medicine can help to a certain extent they often cannot cure a disfigurement completely. Living with a disfigured face can be a lonely and difficult process.
Many facially disfigured people find social experiences intimidating, feel ‘different’ from those with ‘normal’ faces and have difficulty in coping with staring, teasing and curiosity. As a result, their expectations and opportunities can be limited - it can seem easier to withdraw from social contact.
Changing Faces helps facially disfigured people to express themselves with more confidence, and combat many of their anxieties and negative feelings. The aim is for them to lead fuller lives and fulfil their potential. Changing Faces also encourages other people to be more sensitive to the issues that facially disfigured people face every day.
‘I was more or less resigned to a life in the shadows but the future now looks far more hopeful and promising…’
Changing Faces provides free help, advice and information to adults and children (and their parents) who have a facial disfigurement. This service is available in person, by letter or phone and anyone who contacts Changing Faces can be assured of confidential advice and sensitive support from an experienced member of the team. We emphasise communication skills and help people develop a positive outlook.
One to one sessions and group activities enable children and their families to explore new ways of tackling these difficulties and moving ahead.
'I found it inspiring to know that I was not alone.'
Changing Faces enables people to get in touch with others who have had similar experiences to exchange information.
Changing Faces was launched in May 1992 to raise awareness and increase the resources devoted to the care and rehabilitation of facially disfigured people.
It has been welcomed by plastic surgeons, psychologists and health professionals in various fields who are increasingly referring their patients to Changing Faces.
Patrons include people who have personal experience of facial disfigurement such as Sir Christopher Benson (Chairman of Sun Alliance), Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos, and Simon Weston, the Falklands veteran.
Changing Faces is financed mainly by donations and grants from many generous individuals, charitable trusts and companies. It also has support from the Department of Health. We thank them all.
An experienced team works under the direction of James Partridge, the founder of Changing Faces who was himself burned in a car fire at the age of eighteen.
Changing Faces is a registered charity and has a Board of Directors, chaired by Sir Campbell Adamson, former Chairman of Abbey National.
If you would like to make a donation or receive further information, please contact:
1 & 2 Junction Mews
London W2 1PN
‘Phone 0171 706 4232
Fax 0171 706 4234
Email (general enquiries): email@example.com,
Email (outreach): firstname.lastname@example.org,
Changing Faces now have their own web site which is well worth a visit. Comments on that to email@example.com,
Registered Charity No. 1011222
'The skills I was taught made me aware of practical things I could do, even though it takes a lot of effort to put them into practice…'