I am very proud and excited to share our website with you.
It has been many months in development and I think it signals how LPUK has matured as a charity. The site aims to be an invaluable resource to the dwarfism community, their friends and families. Membership can be completed via this website and in time event registration will be available through the site too.
Chair, Little People UK
We aim to be an essential resource for little people and their families.
Become a member of Little People UK to keep up-to-date with what we are doing, receive invitations to events across the UK and get hold of new information literature that we produce.
Six years ago life was a million miles away from what it is today, I could never have imagined how much my life as I knew it was about to be turned around by one decision, one creation and one group of people....On the 15th December 2011 a Facebook group was formed known by the name of Little People Uk. It aimed to provide support, advice and friendship for people with dwarfism, their families and friends. It was a place where people felt they could talk to people on the same journey, people who had faced similar challenges and had also overcome them. It was the start of what was only intended to be a small organisation but soon grew into so much more.
In the six years, this small organisation has become a charity which now opens its doors and its arms to over 1000 members. It's held annual events with meet ups, fundraisers and parties in between- it's supported people from all walks of life who all have one thing in common. It's provided them with medical advice, clothing alterations, physio treatment and the opportunity to get involved with activities which in the everyday world, are way out of out limits as well as being there as a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on and a source of comfort to all those facing the everyday challenges that come with living with dwarfism.
When I joined LPUK I wouldn't talk about my size, I wouldn't even acknowledge it, infact I did pretty much everything I could to run away from it. I was lost in a world that wasn't built for me and a world that was forever looking down on my condition. I was a scared, shy, confused, insecure little school girl who hated every element of who she was..... Or more to the point what she was! There was no way out, or anyway forward. I'd given up. Simple as that! Six years on and still to this day I am in disbelief of what has changed and what continues to change a little bit more every day. To think back to the place I was once, I'm almost ashamed I ever let myself sink so low, that I ever let the ignorant people of the world take everything that they did, away from me, but I'm also grateful, because it was rock bottom which led me to this fantastic charity and the 500+ people who are now my family. Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have been given a second chance and a fresh start, to discover in myself what I could never have imagined was there. Looking back over the past year, especially the past six months, nothing that I've done would've been possible with the support, the encouragement and the motivation LPUK has provided me with. To think I sat outside our first meet up balling my eyes out, reluctant to go in, reluctant to admit I needed them and reluctant to think they'd ever want me... Is terrifying. To think I was just a matter of a few minutes away from loosing all we have become, all I have learnt and all that I've gained. Nothing could be scarier but luckily I wasn't quite that stupid! I knew in my gut that there was something in us, something that for some reason would make everything okay.... And for once I was actually right.
I am beyond proud of Little People UK and all the lives it has touched in the six years.... I am proud that everyday through the power of social media I get to see our members, face and overcome their biggest challenges, I get to see all our members grow into the people they want to be, regardless of what stands in their way. To be a part of such an amazing family is something that is enough to brighten any storm and conquer any hurdle and regardless of weather I even knew where to start- I will never be able to thank all those involved in creating our beautiful charity, enough for everything it has done for me and my family. In the past six years not only have I been given the opportunity to become the person I wanted to be and also have the chance to give something back through the work that I do, but I've also been given the opportunity to experience some of the most amazing experiences, in some of the most beautiful places alongside some of the most amazing, beautiful, kind hearted people this planet has ever seen.
It has been the most amazing, emotional, craziest, challenging, exciting journey and one which I hope continues to have a long road ahead.....Thank you to each of our members, our committee and our supporters for helping LPUK to grow and continue its amazing work. In February 2012 when we first came together my life as I knew it changed forever, and I made a wish that it would happen to others too, that no one would ever feel like I did, no one would ever not have the ability to be proud of who they are... And no one would ever not be accepted into society and for as long as LPUK are here, I know one day it'll come true 💙💙💙
This is an article from Danielle Webb's blog - Life Being Little.
The Little People UK Media Team are a group of representatives from the whole demographic, of Little People UK, they deal with any enquiries sent to Little People UK regarding the media, whether this be; complaints, promotion, advice on a program etc. Each enquiry is dealt with on an indvidual basis and responded to accordingly. In line with the Little People UK Media Team Policy.
The Little People UK Family Support Team are a group of families who all have some experience of dwarfism, whether this be through themselves or their children. Families are representative of the whole LPUK membership and support a wide range of people.
The Family Support Team are:
The Reilly family - consisting of Fiona and Jerry Reilly, their daughter Keisha and their son Connor, who has achondroplasia.
The Little People UK Adult Support Team are a group of older adult members who provide support and advice for the adult generation, everyone on the Adult Support Team has a connection to dwarfism and are representative of the Little People UK membership.
The Little People UK Fundraising Team are a group of avid fundraisers, who are prepared to offer advice and support to anyone wanting fundsraise for Little People UK. Each member of the Fundraising Team has themselves held multiple fundraisers e.g. bake sales, quiz nights, fun days etc. and know the hard work which goes into organising an event.
The Fundraising Team are:
My name is kay kelly, I am 31 years old from Southend-on-Sea and a Beauty Therapist .
I have an uncle with achondroplasia born to average height parents with 4 average height siblings. Growing up I have been very aware of the difficulties that the condition has brought to my uncle, wether with everyday tasks we all take for granted or with medical ailments that come as a result of the condition. As well as the social torment that is still very apparent.
After finding out about the charity in 2015 I felt compelled to start fundraising for them as well as trying to raise awareness of the condition itself. I regularly run raffles and fundraisers as well as taking an active roll in the fundraising sub committee .
The work the charity does by providing both emotional and physical support to those with the condition, as well as their surrounding friends and family is incredibly important.
My name is Danielle, I'm 20 years old and I am currently a university student studying for my BA Youth Work degree. I have been a part of Little People UK since day one, and cannot put into words how my life has been turned around. LPUK helped shine a light on the positives of living with dwarfism, and helped me to embrace even the difficult days. I believe that living with dwarfism is what made me want to follow my chosen career path, I know from experience that sometimes the world can be a scary place, everyone needs someone they can turn to.... Luckily for me I had LPUK.
Over the last 6 years I have held a variety of charity events and am looking forward to doing lots more in the upcoming future. For me fundraising isn't just about raising money, its about bringing everyone together.. raising awareness as well as much needed funds.
Little People Uk has come a long way since we started, supporting hundreds of members from all different walks of life, breaking down societies boundaries and educating others of the condition. I hope in my work I can continue to make this happen and support those who may be struggling like I was. Little People UK are my family and i'm so proud to be a part of something so special.