Local charity Dyslexia Sparks opens new centre

Dyslexia Sparks – Hull and East Yorkshire’s only registered charity for dyslexia – officially opened their new centre in Hessle on Saturday 22 April.

Dyslexia Sparks’ team of specialist teachers and assessors

Specialist tuition and diagnostic dyslexia assessments that support dyslexic children and adults to fulfil their potential will now be delivered at the charity’s new centre based within Dunston House, Livingston Road, Hessle, HU13 0EG. The charity’s team of specialist teachers and assessors also deliver specialist training and support to schools and organisations, and provide free advice, support and guidance to dyslexic individuals and their families.

Emma Hardy MP officially opened the charity’s new centre with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that formed part of a grand opening event. Family activities including face painting, a lucky dip, a ScrapStore workshop, plus giant Connect 4, Jenga and snakes and ladders games were also available free for attendees, along with refreshments and ice cream van treats.

Jane Craig, Dyslexia Sparks’ Founding Director, said: “We were so pleased with the fantastic turnout at our grand opening event and really enjoyed seeing so many people coming together to enjoy the celebrations!

“We felt honoured to have Emma Hardy MP join us and show her support for our charity and cause. Our visitors had great fun unleashing their creativity with ScrapStore along with all the other family activities! It was a great way to bring our charity’s community together and we were grateful to have the support of Transwaste Recycling and Aggregates Ltd, who very kindly sponsored our event so that we could offer so many things for free.

“Huge thanks to our team of Sparks Ambassador helpers and their parents, our team and their friends and family who all helped make this event possible.”

Emma Hardy MP Hull West and Hessle said: “It was a pleasure to officially open the Dyslexia Sparks Charity office in Hessle. It’s really important that children, adults and schools have support with dyslexia diagnosis and beyond, so I’m really pleased that we have this new resource in the area. Congratulations to everyone involved, I know it will make a huge difference.”  

Attendees could also board and explore a fire engine at the opening event, courtesy of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. Dyslexia Sparks works with the service, delivering specialist assessments, training and support.

Ian Marritt, Station Manager, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It was a privilege to attend the opening and to be representing Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. 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’m looking forward to what the future brings and continuing to work together.”

Dyslexia Sparks’ grand opening event was 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.

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.

Further details on the support available at the charity can be found on their website www.dyslexiasparks.org.uk or by contacting the organisation direct on 01482 234856 and office@dyslexia-sparks.org.uk  .