Dyslexia Awareness Week is an opportunity to showcase what it means to be dyslexic – to celebrate the strengths and qualities it may bring, to consider the challenges and to provide support where needed, and to build our understanding of dyslexia.
This year for Dyslexia Awareness Week, we are joining other dyslexia organisations by Going Red and we are getting creative! Will you join us?
Why are we getting creative?
People with dyslexia think differently and often have particular strengths including great communication skills, an ability to see the bigger picture or to find different ways to solve a problem. Another strength can be creativity, and we’re particularly celebrating this in 2020.
Look out for:
- Us showcasing the work of No Label artists alongside their thoughts on the connection between their creative path and their dyslexia.
- Exclusive extracts from a new poetry book written by Helen Arkell Specialist Assessor Anita Haigh, written as part of her 2.6 Challenge during lockdown.
- The artwork produced at our virtual cartoon club run by Sarah Jane Vickory, a dyslexic artist who runs classes for parents and children.
- Tips, advice and facts about dyslexia every day on our social media channels.
- News about our staff bake sale – we hope to inspire you to get baking.
- The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity team - including Teddy Arkell - joining in Go Red For Dyslexia by wearing red, from head to toe, on Tuesday 6 October.
What can you do for Dyslexia Awareness Week 2020?
- Hold your own bake sale – see COVID-friendly guidelines here.
- Let us know what’s good about dyslexia on social media. Tag us @ArkellCentre and use the hashtags #dyslexiaweek #dyslexiaawarenessweek.
- Dress in red and ask your school or workplace to join in with Go Red For Dyslexia – it would be great if you could raise money for us this way, especially during these difficult times! Let us know if you would like a fundraising pack.
- Donate to help others with dyslexia, or consider becoming one of a growing number of Friends of Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity.
- Take on a challenge for us – we are recruiting for the 2021 London Marathon or choose your own way to get involved!
- And we have places left for the Royal Parks Half Marathon, now to be held on 11 April 2021 (plenty of time to train).
- Get creative – and share your creations with us.
Ideas for getting creative
• Bake a cake or cook something you haven't made before.
• Make up a dance.
• Get singing.
• Take a striking photo of nature, your pet or your favourite place.
• Make an object amazing out of clay/Lego/pastry/cardboard boxes and tubes.
• Get knitting something snuggly for winter.
• Get out in the garden - not all creativity needs to be instant; some things are worth waiting for.
Top tips for getting creative
1 Be brave! Try something new and don't worry if it doesn't work, just have another go or try something else.
2 Make it up as you go along - you don't need to follow rules - just do your own thing.
3 If drawing or painting is what you love, carry around a sketchpad and pencils wherever you go.
4 Use your phone - to take photos, make films, or to share your creations.
5 Get down to it - choose a time when you won't get distracted.
6 Stuck for ideas? Take a walk or go and make a cuppa; it often helps you think.
7 Get creative with a friend or two - share your ideas.
8 Have fun!
Share your creations on social media and help raise awareness of dyslexia. Tag @arkelldyslexia and @GoRedForDyslexia and use hashtags #dyslexiaweek #dyslexiaawarenessweek.
For a fundraising pack, email us at [email protected]