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May 2021: Update from our Chair, Penny McDonald.

At the Special AGM in March members agreed for Lollipop to become affiliated with the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS).

We know that partnership working, especially in the current climate, works well and we will continue to do this with the partners we already work with. Trustees have been aware for some time that Lollipop and the NDCS have similar aims and we are happy that we can now develop a more formal partnership with them.

In practice this means that Lollipop continues as a charity in its own right
but has additional support from a larger national organisation.
We have agreed to support the NDCS mission and work towards a shared
set of values. Read on in our latest newsletter (here) to find out more…

Who We are

Lollipop offers opportunities for children and young people with any degree of deafness from mild to profound and their families to meet and build friendships with others, with whom they share their experiences of deafness.

Lollipop achieves this through providing regular FREE social activities in a relaxed and informal environment.  We offer a wide range of activities in order to provide something of interest to everyone.  Through such activities we aim to encourage members to try something new, express themselves freely and realise their true potential and in doing so build confidence, increase self-esteem and develop self-identity.  Lollipop also raises awareness of deafness and its implications amongst the wider community.

Membership

Membership is FREE to any child or young person aged 0-25, in York and North Yorkshire, with any degree of deafness. Children of deaf adults (CODA) are also welcome to join the Lollipop family.

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Fundraising

Support Lollipop by signing up to one of our fundraising events, or set up your own fundraiser to help raise vital funds that can make a difference to our families.

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Volunteer

Volunteering for Lollipop is both rewarding and fun. Find out how you can make good use of your personal skills to support the charity’s aims of developing children and young people’s confidence, self-esteem and emotional wellbeing.

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Our Sponsors and partners

Lollipop is primarily funded through The National Lottery Community Fund. We are also funded by BBC Children In Need with further support from many local and national organisations. Lollipop recently secured funding from The Henry Smith Charity as part of the Improving Lives project. We are delighted to receive such a generous grant towards three year’s running costs and were very proud of the Grant Officer’s comments following the assessment’.