We are determined to continue to support children and adults with dyslexia who need our help more than ever during this time of crisis. But we need your help - donate now to give people with dyslexia a brighter future.
The stories we hear are heartbreaking; families are struggling financially, and by the time they seek help from our charity, both children and adults with dyslexia are often at rock-bottom with confidence and self-esteem at an all-time low. School disruption, working from home and redundancy have highlighted difficulties for many people with dyslexia.
Demand for our services has increased dramatically, particularly from low-income families seeking bursary-funded support due to increased financial difficulties at this time.
The good news is that specialist 1:1 help can make a real difference, setting people on a new path that recognises their strengths, gives a clearer picture of why they are struggling and triggers access to extra support.
During the first lockdown, we moved as many of our charitable activities as possible online and to video call, so have continued to help children and adults struggling at home, school or work. In this way, we have again been able to help over 1,000 people with 1:1 dyslexia support, despite Covid-19 restrictions. We have also managed to support even more people on lower incomes than last year – 133 individuals during the last 12 months.
During this second lockdown, we are keeping the Centre open but with fundraising events cancelled or postponed until next year, and other events from which we were due to benefit, like the London Marathon, also affected, we have been hit hard financially.
So, we are appealing for your help this Christmas so we can continue to give people with dyslexia hope for a brighter future.
We understand that current circumstances are difficult for everyone, but if you are in a position to help, we would be hugely grateful for your support.
• £10 can buy a resource to help a child with reading, spelling, study or maths
• £60 can help a child access specialist 1:1 tuition
• £475 is the average bursary awarded for specialist dyslexia support
Thank you - your donation makes a real difference - a difference to people like Robin...
Robin came to Helen Arkell for help at a very low point in his life, suffering from stress and depression after losing his livelihood and home.
Read how a bursary from Helen Arkell helped Robin get back on his feet.
Other ways you can support Helen Arkell this Christmas