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Changing Faces

We are the UK’s only charity providing free services for anyone with a visible difference – any kind of mark, scar or condition affecting appearance. Our services include counselling, a helpline, peer support, an online forum and self-help factsheets, and specialist skin camouflage consultations. We challenge discrimination, and campaign for a world that values and respects difference. www.changingfaces.org.uk

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020 7391 9263

Registered charity no. 1011222

Member since July 2020

Latest News

Working with ITV to see better representation of visible difference

Working with ITV to see better representation of visible difference

We've been working with the creative team at Emmerdale to help them better understand the experiences of people with visible difference.

Earlier this year we were approached by researchers from the ITV soap, Emmerdale. They wanted to talk to us about a new storyline they were developing, that would see one of their adult characters acquire a visible difference following an accident.

Together with our ambassador, Catrin, we spoke to the Emmerdale creative team, including the actor, Fiona Wade, who plays the character, Priya, who was involved in a fire.

As part of our conversations with the Emmerdale team we connected them with experts in burn injuries. Changing Faces ambassador, Catrin also shared her own story, including details about the accident she was involved in, and the treatment she received. But we spent most of our time talking about living life with a visible difference, focussing on what happens on a day-to-day basis.

Catrin explains: “Meeting the creative team and Fiona was so interesting. It was great to know that they wanted to learn both about the immediate impact of having a burn injury, but also about how my scars and experiences have shaped me and what my visible difference means to me now. It’s a soap – we know there’s going to be ‘drama’ around the accident, but I hope the conversations we had with the Emmerdale team help them to craft a storyline that looks beyond the immediate physical, medical impact of an accident. For many of us with visible differences, that’s just one part of the story. So often it’s about dealing with other people’s reactions and responses to visible difference.”

I Am Not Your Villain: Equal representation of visible difference in film

I Am Not Your Villain: Equal representation of visible difference in film

Our I Am Not Your Villain campaign calls on the film industry to stop using scars, burns, marks and other visible differences as a shorthand for villainy.

From Darth Vader in Star Wars to Scar in The Lion King, filmmakers have long made a link between physical disfigurement and evil.

Our campaign calls on those in the film industry - script writers, casting directors, film producers, production companies and directors - to stop using scars, burns or marks as a shorthand for villainy.

Our campaign launched  to coincide with the release of the latest Bond film, No Time To Die, and  has had more than 1.5 million organic views on social media. Our ambassadors have also appeared on ITV, BBC, Sky, Channel 5 and BBC Radio 5 Live, alongside featuring in the Mail, Telegraph, Independent, Herald, Huff Post and many other national and regional titles.

If ever the moment had come to change how we represent people who look different in TV, film and advertising, it feels that moment is now.

BBC Lifeline Appeal 2021

BBC Lifeline Appeal 2021

We were delighted that the BBC chose to feature Changing Faces for their May Lifeline Appeal programme.

Hosted by TV Presenter and Personality Gail Porter, who has alopecia, our Appeal focuses on Changing Faces’ support for children and young people.

Our teenage champions Sophie (pictured), Marcus and David, alongside our fantastic ambassador Tulsi, share their experiences of living with a visible difference and the positive impact that Changing Faces has had on their lives.

Watch our BBC Lifeline Appeal on iPlayer now: https://lnkd.in/gwiu7vi