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Lord Mayor and Sheriff's Charities

The Lord Mayor and Sheriff, along with their fundraising team, will be supporting the following charities during their year in office:

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

This charity offers greater independence, confidence and companionship to deaf people by training dogs to alert them to everyday household sounds and danger signals in the home, work place and in public buildings. Not only do the hearing dogs alert deaf people to important sounds and danger signals such as the alarm clock, doorbell, telephone and smoke alarm, they also help their partner to escape the isolation, loneliness and often depression that deafness can bring.

Hearing Dogs was launched at the world famous Crufts dog show in 1982 as ground-breaking work and this year celebrates 35 successful years of helping to change the lives of deaf people.

Five key points:

  1. Hearing dogs are provided to deaf people at no charge.
  2. The charity receives no government funding. We rely on the generosity of individuals, groups, companies and other organisations to continue our work.
  3. Each dog is trained to the specific needs of the deaf individual they have been matched to, creating a life-changing partnership.
  4. The breeding, training, and placement of each hearing dog costs approximately £25,000 but we don’t stop there, we also provide life-long support and care to the partnership costing a further £15,000.
  5. It takes 12-14 months for a puppy to complete its basic socialising training and a further 16-18 weeks for a dog to complete advanced sound work training before being placed with their partner.

Hearing Dogs have their Beatrice Wright Training Centre located in Pocklington close to York and have a particular target to develop work, train more puppies and help more deaf people within the York area. 

Keep Your Pet (KYP)

KYP is a free service provided by volunteers through Age UK York supported by RSPCA York that offers the elderly and vulnerable emergency and short term support for their pets. So, if something unexpected happens everyone is well taken care of.

Keep Your Pet volunteers are all trained and thoroughly vetted by the RSPCA York District Branch and provide emergency:

  • Dog walking

  • Home feeding visits

  • Vet visits

  • Short term fostering

  • Help to contact appropriate organisations for longer term support provision if necessary

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RAY was founded in 2002 to challenge myths and misconceptions about refugees and asylum seekers and to raise awareness of the contribution refugees and asylum seekers make to our society.

They work with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants from within and around the City of York.  They provide a safe meeting point where people can learn seek information and support, learn new skills and languages and form lasting friendships. Through providing this support they hope to empower individuals to assist them in rebuilding their lives.

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You can make a donation to the Lord Mayor and Sheriff's Charities any time, via the civic office.  Cheques should be made payable to 'Lord Mayor of York's Charities' and sent to the Civic Office at the Guildhall.

There will also be a number of fundraising events throughout the civic year.