Local charity provides free support events for national Dyslexia Awareness Week

Free advice, training and support is available for dyslexic individuals across the region during Dyslexia Awareness Week (3rd to 9th October) thanks to local charity, Dyslexia Sparks.

A Dyslexia Sparks’ student supporting #GoRedForDyslexia.

Hull and East Yorkshire’s only registered charity for dyslexia, Dyslexia Sparks, is offering a series of free events across the week to promote awareness and understanding of the specific learning difficulty as part of their support of the national campaign.

A range of online and in-person events to support dyslexic children and their parents/carers are available to book for free throughout the week. Topics to be covered include supporting mental health in relation to dyslexia; how to support your dyslexic child with spelling; and signs that can indicate a person is dyslexic:

  • How can you help your dyslexic child with spelling?, an online workshop for parents and teachers – Tuesday 4th October 10am to 11am – with Dyslexia Sparks’ Founding Director, Jane Craig.
  • A creative comic book workshop to celebrate Sparky Students’ creativity – Saturday 8th October at the charity’s Hull centre – in conjunction with Creative Briefs, a design agency that set design challenges to young people who learn differently.
  • The Dyslexic Experience – an interactive event for parents/carers of children with dyslexia to deepen their understanding of what it feels like to be a dyslexic learner. Saturday 8th October at Dyslexia Sparks’ Hull centre – led by Dyslexia Sparks’ Head of Teaching and Learning, Samantha Buttle.

In addition, the charity’s specialist team are also visiting several schools in the area, delivering workshops for students and teaching staff.

Dyslexia Sparks are also participating in this year’s #GoRedForDyslexia campaign; a global initiative to promote awareness and positivity around dyslexia. Dyslexia Sparks’ students and specialist team of teachers and assessors will be wearing red throughout Dyslexia Awareness Week.

Jane Craig, Founding Director, Dyslexia Sparks, said:

“We’re hoping to reach as many families as possible during national Dyslexia Awareness Week, helping to raise awareness and understanding around the specific learning difficulty which affects an estimated 1 in 10 people. During the week, we’ll be exploring ways to ensure dyslexic individuals are supported appropriately, working towards our vision of a world where dyslexic individuals are valued and celebrated for the strengths they have to offer.”

The support events are free but ticketed and need to be booked in advance. The full programme and booking details can be found on Dyslexia Sparks’ Eventbrite page  Further details can also be found on the charity’s Facebook page, Twitter and website www.dyslexiasparks.org.uk  

Optional donations via the charity’s JustGiving page are welcomed from attendees to help support the charity with its awareness-raising work and family support events.

Dyslexia Sparks supports dyslexic individuals of all ages to reach their full potential through specialist tuition and diagnostic dyslexia assessments. The charity delivers training to schools and organisations, helping them to spot the signs of dyslexia and support dyslexic individuals. It also provides free advice, support and guidance to dyslexic individuals and their families and promotes awareness and understanding of dyslexia.

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 information is available at www.dyslexiasparks.org.uk and by contacting the organisation direct on 01482 234856 and office@dyslexia-sparks.org.uk