Urgent call for funds at dyslexia service

AN URGENT plea has gone out for funds to safeguard the future of a dyslexia service in Boston.

The town’s Dyslexia Action outpost, part of the national charity which works to support learning among people with dyslexia, is facing closure as funding streams dry up nationwide.

It would leave learners, who are largely aged between eight and their early teens, having to travel to Grantham, Lincoln or Grimsby for their nearest outpost.

“It would be devastating if we did not have a Dyslexia Action in Boston,” said the charity’s Lincolnshire principal Catherine Wright.

“There’s such a great need in the Boston area.”

Mrs Wright is appealing for local businesses to help secure a presence for the charity in the town.

This could be from helping to pay for specialist learning material to, ideally, providing bursaries for learners.

The service currently operates out of Fydell House, in South Street.

Sessions last an hour to 90 minutes and aim to develop learners’ language and life skills.

A lack of funds nationally, however, has meant the charity is struggling to provide bursaries for people with dyslexia who can’t afford to pay for tuition.

Numbers have dwindled to two in Boston as a result and the service is only being kept going by the goodwill of those behind it, says Mrs Wright.

Any businesses interested in lending support can contact her on 01522 539267.

“You would be supporting local learners that then potentially could support local businesses,” she said.

l On February 12, the charity is inviting members of the public to learn more about the service in Boston.

There will be free awareness courses for parents from 9.30-11am and 1-2.30pm at Fydell House. Space is limited, so booking is essential.

There will also be free 45-minute reading and spelling tests from 9.30am. Booking is advised.

To reserve your space or for more information call: 01522 539267.

l Is your charity in need of support? Email david.seymour@jpress.co.uk.