Free family fun event as local charity Dyslexia Sparks opens new centre

Dyslexia Sparks – Hull and East Yorkshire’s only registered charity for dyslexia – is holding a free family fun event, Saturday 22 April, to mark the grand opening of the organisation’s new centre in Hessle.

Family activities including face painting, a treasure hunt and a ScrapStore workshop, plus giant Connect 4, Jenga, Snakes and Ladders and Noughts and Crosses games will be available for free at the opening event. Light refreshments will also be on offer, including free treats from an ice cream van.

Dyslexia Sparks supports dyslexic children and adults to fulfil their potential through diagnostic assessments, specialist tuition and free advice. The charity’s team of specialist teachers and assessors will also be on hand for visitors to discuss any concerns they might have regarding the specific learning difficulty dyslexia and how the organisation can help.

Jane Craig, Dyslexia Sparks’ Founding Director, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to our wonderful new centre in Hessle! We’re proud to celebrate our grand opening with this family-friendly event. It’s a fantastic way to recognise this latest achievement for our charity and we’d really love to see as many people join in the fun as possible!

“For those who haven’t visited us before this is a chance to take a look around and find out how we can help, as well as joining in the celebrations. We’d also like to say a HUGE thank you to Transwaste Recycling & Ltd, Emma Hardy MP and Humberside Fire and Rescue in supporting us with our grand opening and helping to make this event happen.”

Emma Hardy MP will attend the event to open the centre with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Emma Hardy MP Hull West and Hessle said: “The new Dyslexia Sparks centre is a fantastic addition to the area. The charity provides essential support to individuals, families, schools and organisations in Hull and East Yorkshire, helping people with dyslexia flourish. I’m looking forward to officially opening their new centre and meeting some of the charity’s beneficiaries.”

Attendees can also board and explore a fire engine courtesy of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. Dyslexia Sparks works with the fire and rescue service, delivering specialist training and support.

Ian Marritt, Station Manager, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I’m proud to be representing Humberside Fire and Rescue Service at today’s opening. As chair of our staff group, Voices for Disability, I have seen the support Dyslexia Sparks has given to members of our neurodiverse workforce, how they have developed as individuals and how the Service benefits from the diversity they bring.  I look forward to developing our relationship further in the future.”

Dyslexia Sparks’ grand opening event is made possible thanks to the generous support of local business Transwaste Recycling & Aggregates Ltd. The leading skip hire and waste disposal firm in East Yorkshire, Transwaste Recycling & Aggregates Ltd works to reduce the need for landfills through innovative, eco-friendly, efficient and sustainable recycling technologies.

Nicola Hearfield, Sales and Marketing Manager, Transwaste Recycling & Aggregates Ltd, said: “Community engagement is high on our agenda. Dyslexia Sparks provides a vital service for our current and future generations. Sponsoring the opening of the new offices helps the charity in continuing to support the local and wider community by delivering diagnostic dyslexia assessments, specialist tuition and advice to individuals of all ages.”

Visitors can attend at either 11:30am or 12:30pm but must book a slot in advance on the charity’s website or by calling 01482 234856. The event takes place at Dyslexia Sparks, Dunston House, Livingston Road, Hessle, HU13 0EG. Places are free but limited.

As a registered charity, Dyslexia Sparks can provide financial support to eligible households in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire to help with the cost of specialist tuition and diagnostic dyslexia assessments. The charity delivers specialist training and support to schools and organisations. It also provides free advice, support and guidance to dyslexic individuals and their families and promotes awareness and understanding of dyslexia.