Deaf-inclusive social activities for young people.

by Lollipop York and District in York, England, United Kingdom


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+ est. £16.25
£5,000 stretch target 3 days left
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 7th December 2021 at 12:00pm

Reducing isolation among D/deaf children and young people. Enabling access to inclusive activities, providing BSL interpreters and captions.

by Lollipop York and District in York, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

With extra money, we will be able to organise additional trips to attractions and inclusive events, with communication support for our members. The pantomime is a particular favourite, with live captions and on-stage interpreters. Sadly, this year we have been unable to fund the annual visit. 


With your help we can enable access to inclusive social activities, providing BSL interpreters and vital communication support for children and young people

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

We provide 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. Check out our recent activities HERE. 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.


Help us fulfil our vision and aims

To improve social and emotional outcomes for deaf children, young people and their families.

  • Increased feelings of belonging
  • Increased confidence
  • Increased levels of self-esteem
  • Development of self-identity
  • Better interaction
  • Improved social skills


In order to ensure our activities are accessible for all our members, using their preferred method of communication, we provide a range of communication support for ALL Lollipop activities.         

This is a huge but vital expense to the tight budget of the charity. If we reach our target, this will allow us to secure communication support to deliver our inclusive Events Programme for the next 12 months.

Depending on the need of individuals attending the activities, we will provide the following support: 

  • British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters 
  • Speech-to-text-reporters (STTR)
  • Lip-speakers



Some of the funds will help support our Early Years group, who are now meeting face-to-face once again.  Many of our youngest members (some of whom were only born in lockdown) are only just meeting other children of a similar age for the very first time - which is pivotal to their learning and development.


"I feel that it is essential that my daughter has the opportunity to meet and play with other deaf children on the same level as her hearing friends so that she knows why her hearing loss should not make her feel different or hold her back in any way." 

"My son has felt so welcome and enjoyed making new friends at Lollipop.  This is his only contact with other hearing-impaired people and has been a really positive experience for all of us."

"My daughter has enjoyed each experience with Lollipop.  Lollipop makes my daughter feel better about wearing her hearing aids." 

The money raised will also be used to provide support to our junior and youth groups, at various monthly activities. Our youths have requested to go swimming, ice-skating, pizza making, and would also like to attempt a climbing wall and an escape room...They love a challenge!


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 provides free activities and workshops around York and North Yorkshire. We are proud to extend support to children of Deaf adults (CODA) who can sign up for free membership, attend all activities and 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.

"Having a mentor increases my son's independence as he is then not reliant on those close to him in everyday life. He loves going to Lollipop and has made lots of friends there, he definitely has a feeling of belonging to the group which has increased his confidence, self-esteem and improved his social skills." 

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.


Our members are keeping everything crossed that we reach our target!!!


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