Teen creates social group for youngsters with visible differences

A new support group which has been launched in South Tyneside aims to make a huge impact on the lives of young people.

Visible Difference Matters is the name of the group - created by 19-year-old Demi Moody - with the aim of providing a social hub for young people with conditions that have made visible differences to their appearance.

Demi, from Brockley Whins, in South Shields, suffers from Treacher Collins syndrome, and hearing problems.

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She started the group as a way of reaching out to others who may face a daily struggle caused by the way they look.
She hopes the independent group will provide a social network for those under the age of 25 by organising events and trips out for members.

Lindsey Jones, a teacher for the deaf at South Tyneside hearing impaired service, speaking on behalf of Demi, said they hope the group will be a hit in the borough.

She said: “There are a number of people in the borough with a condition that gives them visible differences.

“This group has been set up as a social group to bring them together.

“We are hoping that it will eventually get charity status.”

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Anyone interested in joining the group can email: [email protected]