It is with great sadness that we inform you that Sam Davis has taken the decision to step down as Chairperson of Little People UK.
Since the beginning Sam has been at helm of LPUK, overseeing its progression into the fantastic charity it is today, with so many diverse members and following the ethos that everyone is welcome. We will miss Sam immensely, however we know she will always be there to advise and will be the biggest supporter of LPUK and we will see her at events soon.
As a result of this the committee have temporarily appointed Simeon Dyer as Chairperson to oversee proceedings, until the next AGM. The committee was unanimous in electing him to this position. We hope members will support Simeon in this position, however if anyone has any concerns or questions please email the Charity Administrator.
Committee, Little People UK
We hope everyone is keeping safe and well and looking forward to the festive period.
Once again 2021 has been a year of change for all and we hope you have been ok during this time, we have luckily been able to continue our online sessions throughout the year with our most popular ones being the Book Club & Quiz, we also had a lovely Christmas Party to meet with our members one last time before 2022.
We were however very fortunate to be able to hold our first in-person meeting since the pandemic, at The Nottingham Belfry. It was lovely to see everyone again after what seemed like a very long time, it was a great success and enjoyed by all. At this event we were to welcome three new committee members - Jess, Laura and Andy, whilst also voting in new Co-Vice Chairs Emma and Simeon, along with reinstating Sam as Chair and Stuart as Treasurer, we were also very happy to keep our remaining committee members Belinda, Colleen, Annabelle and Charlie. Sadly we had to say goodbye to Sarah and Darren, but we wish them well in the future and look forward to seeing them again at one of our events. Denise also decided to step down from the committee, we thank her for all her work, she will remain a strong supporter of LPUK and we look forward to seeing her soon.
As a committee we have been working hard to continue to build strong foundations with our robust business plan we have developed over the last 18 months, we are looking forward to getting deep into tasks from this in the new year, please keep an eye out for any information where you may be able to help. However, we have made a start on one of our important tasks, which is to improve the experience of our members in hospitals, we have initially started this through a pair of questionnaires, which can be accessed here. This is a project we feel passionate about and we would love your help.
Another exciting prospect for 2022 is the 10 year celebration of Little People UK, where we will welcome back our fantastic Medical Panel and expo partners, amongst a variety of other activities and workshops. We can’t wait to celebrate in style and see you all (COVID permitting) in February. Booking is now open and can be accessed here. Please note: COVID-19 is currently a fast moving issue and we are in constant contact with the hotel regarding our event going ahead. Everyone will be notified in the new year if there is a change in regulations which may effect our event taking place and what this means for refunds etc.
A big thank you to all our wonderful supporters and fundraisers who have continued to raise funds for LPUK throughout the pandemic. We were delighted to once again be able to cheer you on in person and we look forward to when we can do so again in the near future. Your support is huge to us and helps us support our members in so many different ways.
Thank you to all of our members for being part of LPUK, we look forward to seeing you in 2022. In the meantime, keep well and stay safe.
For reference - the Little People UK office will be closed on Thursday 23rd December 2021, until Tuesday 4th January 2022.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We are delighted to open the booking for the 2022 LPUK Event!
You can do this now by clicking 'book now'.
Please note: COVID-19 is currently a fast moving issue and we are in constant contact with the hotel regarding our event going ahead. Everyone will be notified in the new year if there is a change in regulations which may effect our event taking place and what this means for refunds etc.
LPUK is working to improve the hospital experience of members and their families. We have already done work with the Royal College of Midwives and we are now extending this project to include both LP adults in hospital and LP children and their families. These will be two separate pieces of work as children and adult health services are delivered so differently.
Below are links to two surveys; one survey is for parents of children with dwarfism, to learn about your experiences in the hospital and any support afterwards. The second survey is for people with Dwarfism who have experienced stays in hospitals during adulthood.
We will be looking to develop focus groups in the New Year, to help us create some valuable information which we can give to new parents and hospitals, to support future members of the community.
We thank you in advance for completing a questionnaire and we greatly value any responses we get, this will be used to produce a booklet and presentation for both hospital staff and members going into hospital.