Hotel Group Helps Write Future of Dyslexia Action in Leeds

Crerar Trust has donated £5,000 to Dyslexia Action. The support was celebrated at Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa during a special cheque presentation from team members of the hotel to Frances Roberson from the charity on May 25th, 2016.   

Dyslexia Action helps people with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. Their 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 Trust will contribute towards their Moving forwards project – three short literacy courses (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.

Nicola Amoroso, Marketing and Communications Manager commented on how the course has helped ‘teacher feedback told us that...... ‘

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.

The literacy courses funded by the donation will help these individuals to access further education and employment training. It is part of a wider programme which is to be rolled out of further Dyslexia Action centres in Bath, Bristol, Tonbridge, Egham, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Darlington, Leicester and Leeds – where they have identified the need is greatest.

The course content is drive 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,