Students at Barnsley College were given the opportunity to listen to guest speaker Dr James Partridge OBE talk about his own inspirational life story and the work of his charity, Changing Faces.

Organised by the college’s Enterprise department, Dr Partridge spoke of the charity he founded, Changing Faces, as a result of his own experience of facial disfigurement after he was severely injured in a car fire when he was 18 years old.

The charity aims to change the lives of individuals and families who face many struggles as a result of disfigurement and has contributed to dedicated research centres.

The aim of the talk was to inspire students and staff that even in the face of adversity it is possible to achieve great things. He spoke of his motivation to promote a society where people are treated fairly, irrespective of their appearance and the work he and the charity has done nationally to represent and support people of all ages to improve their self-esteem and confidence through practical advice, emotional support and social skills training.

Students also had the opportunity to talk to Dr Partridge and ask him questions about his inspirational life story.

Barnsley College Enterprise Co-ordinator Gareth Stewart said: “Within the Enterprise department, we regularly invite guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds to inspire, encourage and motivate students on a wide range of topics. I’m sure that everyone who listened to Dr Partridge will have taken something positive from his unique insights and personal experience.”

Founder and CEO of Changing Faces Dr Partridge added: “I am delighted to have been asked to come and speak with the students. It’s great to spread the message about the work of the Changing Faces Charity and inspire the students.

“It would be great for the students to engage with the Face Equality Campaign and our local centre in Sheffield which helps people with disfigurements across the Yorkshire and Humber Region.”

More information about the work of Changing Faces can be found at www.changingfaces.org

Last updated: 5th February 2015

Originally posted on: 5th February 2015

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