Dyslexia Action

Dyslexia Action's objectives are to provide the highest standard in specialist, multi-sensory tuition to meet the needs of those with dyslexia, literacy difficulties and special educational needs. Raising awareness of dyslexia and reaching more people by working with a wide variety of education providers.

The funding from Crerar Hotels Trust will supporr their moving forwards project – three short literacy courses (two hour weekly sessions for seven weeks for up to eight learners) to help young adults in Leeds overcome Dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties and help them to access further education, employment or training.

Dyslexia action is led by a vision of a world where people with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties can reach their full potential. Formerly the dyslexia institute, Dyslexia Action was founded by a group of parents and teaching professionals with the simple aim of support those with dyslexia. The organisation has grown into the UK’s leading charity supporting people with dyslexia and specific learning difficulties by providing specialist teaching, assessments and professional training for learning providers.

  • Providing the highest standard in specialist, multi-sensory tuition to meet the needs of those with dyslexia, literacy difficulties and special educational needs.
  • Reaching more people by working with a wide variety of education providers; and raising the awareness of dyslexia on a national level amongst decision makers to affect change.

The grant will help deliver three short literacy courses to help young adults and young people in Leeds overcome dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) and help them to access further education, employment training. This is part of a wider programme which is to be rolled out of centres in Bath, Bristol, Tonbridge, Egham, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Darlington, Leicester and Leeds – where it has been identified the need is greatest.

Dyslexia affects 1 in 10 people to varying degrees, causing difficulties with reading, writing and spelling. Many people with dyslexia suffer from low self-esteem and can feel stigmatised and isolated within society, especially if they do not receive the education and support they need. Sadly, many young people have already left school with poor literacy skills and low self-confidence, having been failed by the educational system. As a result, they do not have the skills that employers are seeking. UK employment is moving away from roles requiring physical labour and lower skill sets; instead nearly every role requires a high skilled or literacy competent applicant.

Meeting the need in Leeds – Dyslexia action’s adult literacy courses – moving forward

To help with the growing number of adults and young people struggling with literacy problems, Dyslexia Action aim to roll out a cost-effective intervention for those who need practical lasting support with their literacy. They will provide small group support for adults with barriers to training, education and employment. The course content is driven by adult needs e.g. improving reading skills, filling in forms, using computers (for example to help with job centre requirements to put CV’s online), or constructing written text for job applications,