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Andy Cook, Chief Executive of the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre
This time, we're looking at the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre.
How it works
- Founded in 1971, based in Surrey
- Assessments with children considered not to be doing well with literacy skills; also assessments with adults (dyslexia often runs in families and is on a spectrum)
- Provide coaching and tuition for children and adults where help is needed (often conducted in the workplace in the case of adults)
- Provide specialist dyslexia training to teachers (OCR level 5 and 7 courses)
- Raise awareness of issues relating to dyslexia and undertake research into dyslexia
- No statutory funding – building up voluntary fundraising income in order to assist people on lower incomes; other parents/individuals will pay for the service that the charity provides, if they are able.
What has been achieved?
- Helen Arkell directly helps over 1,000 people with dyslexia every year, and indirectly helps many more, through the tuition that is provided by teachers who have completed OCR syllabus and via its website materials.
- 60-80 teachers gain OCR Level 5 or 7 qualification every year
- Build up fundraising so that services can be offered cheaper or free for those who need it.
- Reach out to more communities across the UK, providing support to people with dyslexia and raising awareness.
The Chair of Trustees with the Centre's founder, Helen Arkell.