Lollipop was established in 2004 to offer support to deaf children, young people and their families in York and North Yorkshire whatever their degree of deafness (mild to profound). The charity was established by Andrea Gitsham, who after becoming deaf herself realised that there was a gap in services offered to deaf children, young people and their families.
Lollipop has expanded its support over the years and now, as well as activities and workshops around York and North Yorkshire, we offer a deaf friendly activity space in the Minster Building. This space is used for our monthly HQ sessions in York. There is also a monthly session held in Scarborough for members who live or find it easier to travel there. We are proud to extend our support to children of Deaf adults (CODA) to sign up for free membership, attend all activities and HQ drop in sessions as well as accessing family support.
We also run a mentoring scheme supported by deaf mentors to help deaf children and young people develop skills for the future. Research shows that good social and emotional resilience is important for all children. Helping deaf children and young people to develop this is at the heart of Lollipop’s thinking.
We listen to our members to make sure that we are providing what people need and have a close working relationship with professionals working in York and North Yorkshire.