Facial Palsy UK is the only charity in the UK dedicated to supporting people with facial paralysis due to any cause. Our mission is to ensure that every person in the UK affected by facial palsy can have access to the best information, treatment and support available. Facial Palsy UK provides local adult support groups around the UK and holds Family Days to support children living with the condition. We provide support via telephone and email and advocate for people who are struggling to access the help that they need.
People with facial palsy may have difficulties in trying to smile, close their eyes for sleep, eat, drink and speak, yet treatment via the NHS is not routinely available to many people with facial palsy. There is also no nationally funded research into causes or treatments. Facial Palsy UK is dedicated to promoting the need for new research.
70% of our communication is through non-verbal channels and 30% actually through words, yet people with facial palsy are often told their condition is cosmetic and help via the NHS won’t be funded. Our work is crucial to challenging assumptions about this condition which can have a life-changing impact.