Business Live 24 May: Changing Faces and Abbeydale Picture House

The Business Live radio show 24 May 2019Millions of people in the UK have a visible difference such as a mark, scar or condition that affects their appearance. Sadly many children and young people experience bullying or low confidence, and many adults are discriminated against, as a result of their visible difference.

The Face Equality Day campaign, led by charity Changing Faces, calls for everyone to be treated fairly and equally whatever the appearance of their face or body. Sam Killick and Julie Carr of Changing Faces joined me in the Sheffield Live radio studio yesterday to discuss the charity’s work.

Also on the show: Dan Butlin and Kiran Antcliffe with exciting plans for the Abbeydale Picture House, how you can get involved and some fabulous rewards for people who do. The podcast is below along with links to get it from podcast apps if you prefer.

The programme covers:

  • Changing Faces has a specialist centre, funded by Children in Need and based in Sheffield, supporting children, young people and their families across the Yorkshire and Humber region.
  • The charity’s services are free to access.
  • A new report, My Visible Difference, was published this week coinciding with Face Equality Day – we hear some shocking statistics.
  • Coming soon: a super Changing Faces creative workshop at the wonderful Grimm and Co.
  • There are particular “pinch points,” where children and young people experience negative impacts as a result of a visible difference. The charity has a schools resources pack on its website.
  • Changing Faces is FCS Associates’ Charity of the Year.
  • How to contact Changing Faces and how you can donate or support their work.
  • Dan and Kiran work for CADS, which has been managing the Abbeydale Picture House for two years.
  • It’s a 100-year-old, grade II listed building which had fallen into disrepair. But over the past couple of years under CADS’ stewardship it’s hosted a diverse range of events, film screenings, gigs and music, community events and more – all under temporary event licenses. That means there’s a limit to the number of events which can take place.
  • CADS has levered in grants and other funding to help pay for the building’s restoration. Now they are crowdfunding for building work needed get a full premises license.
  • This would mean they can host events every day.
  • The crowdfunding campaign is off to a fantastic start, backed by lots of folk excited about the plans. There are fantastic rewards for backers too – we hear about some of them.
  • Dan and Kiran also cover some of the history of this amazing building.

Here’s the podcast, which you can also access in iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify. Full timings are below.


  • 0 – 4:00 introduction and updates, including the Sheffield Food Festival, The Grey to Green Project transforming Castlegate, and my recent day volunteering for Bluebell Wood Hospice,
  • 4:00 get in touch!
  • 4:27 Sam Killick and Julie Carr,
  • 18:24 Dan Butlin and Kiran Antcliffe,
  • 45:40 wrapping up.

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