Who we are?

CLEFT is a national charity which aims to create sustainable cleft lip and palate care both overseas and in the UK. CLEFT works with local teams in low and middle-income countries to provide education and equipment to help develop and maintain high-quality, multidisciplinary CLEFT centres. CLEFT also funds and supports research investigating causes and treatment of clefts.

CLEFT Student Section is a national body of University Student Ambassadors who fundraise and help to spread the word of CLEFT through events in their local and regional areas. We are passionate about helping those who are born with cleft lip palates and craniofacial abnormalities around the world and believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to appropriate treatment and care.

Meet our student team

Why CLEFT is important to us

Children around the world born with cleft lip palates and craniofacial abnormalities face many challenges. These include but are not limited to, feeding difficulties, speech and language problems, societal challenges, airway and eye infections, and mortality. These children require a multidisciplinary team with knowledge and resources to prevent complications occurring and treat them when they arise.

We believe every child around the world deserves a standard of appropriate medical care. However, unfortunately many children do not have access to this. CLEFT aims to provide teaching and resources to medical teams globally to combat this issue and leave areas with a sustainable infrastructure to effectively treat and care for cleft patients.

How can you get involved?

Our University team mimics those who care for cleft patients. We are made up of a multidisciplinary student team including medics, dentists, speech and language therapists, nurses, midwives, and physios.

Applications are considered year-round so there is no limitation in those wanting to help us. Please see the roles available bellow and click the link or scan the QR code to find out more and apply.

Roles available for your University Student Committee are:

  • Lead Ambassador
  • Vice Lead Ambassador
  • Secretary and Social Media Officer
  • Treasurer
  • Surgical/Dental/SALT/Medical Representative

If you would like to apply to become a Student Ambassador, please click here to complete the Application Form

You can also access the application form by scanning the QR code:

Newly elected student ambassadors

If you are a newly elected student ambassador and would like to create your CLEFT identification on the website, please click the yellow button below to complete a short form. 

Student Ambassador Identification Form


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing [email protected]

If you would like to find out more about what it means to volunteer for CLEFT, please click the link to read more.