Short breaks enable disabled children and young people to do many of the activities non-disabled children take for granted. They help them have fun, try new activities, gain independence and make friends.
Short breaks are one of the services most commonly requested by parents of disabled children. These services also offer parents and carers the much-needed break that they deserve from their usual caring responsibilities.
Changing Faces is the leading UK charity that supports and represents people who have disfigurements to the face, hands or body from any cause. Their area of work involves:
• providing support for children, young people and adults and their families through counselling services, to help with the psychological and social aspects of disfigurement
• working with schools and employers to ensure a culture of inclusion, and with health and social care professionals to provide better psychological care for people with disfigurements
• campaigning for better policies and practices that are inclusive of people with disfigurements and for social change by working with the media, government and opinion leaders.