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90 Westgate Bay Avenue

Westgate on Sea

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Tel: 01843 491291

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Charity No: 1043461

THE SELF HELP SUPPORT NETWORK

For the facially disfigured

Information: Tel: 01843 491291

Email: chrisletsfaceit@aol.com

Website: www.lets-face-it.org.uk

 

PATIENT’S CHARTER

Let’s Face Its philosophy on Self-Help leading towards Rehabilitation.

Only people who suffer from a facial difference, their carers and allied health professionals, run Let’s Face It.

Some twenty-five years ago, Hurvitz (1970,1974) claimed that self -help groups were more effective and efficient than any other form of helping. “It is likely that more people have been and are being

helped by self-help groups than have been and are being helped by all types of professionally trained psychotherapists combined with far less theorising and analysing and for much less money.”

Let’s Face It has been in existence since January 1984. The founder of the Network, Christine Piff’s book telling of her experience of facial cancer was published in 1985. Subsequently, the Network reached out to countries worldwide and Let’s Face It has become an International Network linking patients and professionals together for self-help, information and mutual support.

LET’S FACE IT CODE OF PRACTICE

* A focus on the group and the individual with the aim of getting back into the community.

* Being helped by helping others.

* A non-competitive, co-operative orientation.

* Encouraging an ability to use one’s own power to take control over one’s own life

* A strong optimism in the ability to accept a ‘changed’ face.

* A belief that small steps are important. Do what you can do, one day at a time, you can’t solve everything approach.

* An emphasis on experience - people who have the problem know a lot more from experiencing it.

* Simplicity and informality - everyone being heard and listened to.

* The centrality of helping - knowing how to receive help, give help, and help yourself.

 

Now more and more professionals are taking self-help groups seriously. Given the inexhaustibility of human need, there is a place for professionals, for the self-help movement, and partnership between the two.

* Offers one to one support and befriending. Telephone communication and letter writing. Group Therapy in a relaxed, friendly and safe environment.

WHAT LET’S FACE IT DOES

* Networks people together who suffer from a similar problem.

* Offer support to families and friends.

* Offer home/hospital visits and community contacts.

* Provides literature, information, and resources for recovery.

* Distributes a Newsletter three times a year.

* Provides leaflets and posters advertising the Network.

* Distributes information to allied health professionals

* Lectures to health professionals and associations.

* Holds Workshops for patients and professionals

* Holds regional meetings in hospitals throughout the country.

* Offer help with eating problems, provides recipes, advice on cosmetic camouflage, dressings and

information. We have a publication list including “Me & My Face” “Children’s Faces” an audiotape

of “Me and My Face” read by our patron, Victoria Wood.

* Has social gatherings. An annual Luncheon, Garden Party, AGM.

* Works with and refers people to other appropriate organisations involved in head/neck support.

WHAT WE DO NOT DO

* Act as a sounding board for people’s complaints.

* Step into the field of the professionals.

* Think we know best.

* Push reluctant patients into any form of commitment.

* See L.F.I. as a commodity to be bought and sold.

* We do not charge a fee.

Hurvitz, N. (1974). Similarities and differences between conventional psychotherapy and peer

self-help groups. The sociology of psychotherapy. New York: Aronson

Piff , C. (1985) Living with facial cancer. Let’s Face It. London: Gollancz