The Bristol Dyslexia Trust
Registered Charity Number: 1039105
BRISTOL DYSLEXIA TRUST
Introduction:Bristol Dyslexia Centre provides specialist learning and assessment services for dyslexic children and adults. The centre is fee paying, however there are many children and families who are in desperate need of specialist help, but who cannot afford to pay.
Bristol Dyslexia Trust was established in 1994, to award bursaries to dyslexics who need help at the centre, but are unable to attend for reasons of financial difficulty.
“Our aim is to help dyslexic children and adults achieve their full potential in education, employment and the community by giving them access to specialist assessment, learning and support services.”
Who we help:In addition to dyslexia, those attending (who are generally in mainstream schools) often present with other conditions or learning disabilities, for example dyspraxia, dyscalculia, mild autistic spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, speech and language difficulties. They almost always display low levels of confidence and self-esteem. There is generally little help available from the local authority unless a child has a statement of SEN, which is becoming increasingly rare.
Six year old Katie was so bewildered and confused by her early experience of school that she frequently hid under the table, refusing to come out. When Katie’s parents first brought her to the Dyslexia Centre her impulse, again, was to hide. Centre staff responded by giving Katie a large box in which she could sit, emerging only when she felt ready to join in learning activities. Slowly Katie’s confidence increased until the box could be consigned to the bin as, with patience and the help of fun learning tools, Katie took her first steps in reading and writing.
Nick came to the Centre as an adult with a reading and spelling age of 7. He had managed to get a job with a large company doing odd jobs but wanted to improve his prospects and so plucked up the courage to come to the Centre. The trust was able to cover the cost of an assessment, an then contacted his company and persuaded them to pay for support lessons. Nick attended the Dyslexia Centre for 2 years and left with reading, writing, office and IT skills. His company offered him promotion and he is now resources manager of a large department. The Centre helped Nick to make a huge leap forward in his life.
Becky came to the Dyslexia Centre aged 8 years. Her self-esteem was so fragile she cried every time she had to look at print. When she left at 18 years Becky had gained the highest mark in Geography A-level in the UK, scoring 99%. One examiner commented that he “can hardly believe this girl is dyslexic”. Becky is now thriving at University.
David was dyslexic, and known as the naughty boy at school where he received little support or understanding. We supported him to have lessons at the Centre throughout his secondary years, and as a result he gained his exams, entered the army and is now an officer.
Sean could not read and was failing at school. But his father was dying of cancer and his mother could not afford to send him to the Centre. Sean received a bursary to enable him to attend, gained his exams and is now a paramedic.
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE ANONYMOUS DONOR!
The Bristol Dyslexia Trust
10 Upper Belgrave Road
Phone: 0117 973 9405
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