DNE History

OUR STORY

In 2016, Dyslexia NE needed to find Office space in order to expand our work, and have somewhere for dyslexics and their families could come for help and support. We had an Office at Wallsend Town Hall, and then in 2017 we moved to rent premises at Cedarwood Trust in Meadow well North Shields. It was here that the High Flyers Group for Parents and Children was founded, and has flourished ever since.

In September 2017, Dyslexia NE moved to Meadow Well Connected Community Centre in North Shields and this has provided much needed Office space for our staff, together with space to have Dyslexia Screening and Assessments, as well as Learning Support for children and adults. Rooms can be hired for High Flyers activities and outdoor space is also available.

Who We Are?

Dyslexia North East was founded in 2005 by a group of teachers and a GP who attended a Specific Learning Difficulties Course at RGS School in Newcastle.
The Group recognised that Parents and Carers in the North East of England had nowhere to turn to for help for children and adults with dyslexia.
So they decided to start a Support Group for Parents and Children at RGS Junior School with the kind permission of the staff.

Dr Martin Phillips
Educational and Clinical Psychologist
delivered the SpLD course and coined the name DYSLEXIA NORTH EAST

Mary Ann Phillips
helped with the SpLD course and is a Psychologist and Specialist Dyslexia Teacher.

In 2009 Dyslexia NE held a competition for a Logo for the Charity.
The winning picture was designed by a pupil at Nunnykirk and has been proudly used since.

Winner of the Dyslexia NE logo

From 2006, Meetings were held for Parents and Professionals at RGS Junior School on Educational Topics and tips to help children with dyslexia.
Dyslexia NE formed its Constitution in 2007, became a Company Limited by Guarantee Number 06707963 in 2008, and finally a Registered Charity in England and Wales in 2009.
In 2011, Meetings were held at Kenton Bar Primary School, alternating with RGS Jun School for Parents, Teachers and children on different topics of interest with activities.

One of our meetings at RGS

 Prof John Stein and colleagues at our first Seminar in 2008

An Adult Group was formed in 2014, and meetings were held in Newcastle and Heaton. We explored different topics and how dyslexia affected adults.
In 2014, Dyslexia NE held Handwriting Courses to help with techniques and creative story writing at RGS Jun Sch. This was fun as well as instructive. “Starry Suzanne” helped us with spellings including Mneumonics and looking at shapes and patterns.
More recently we have had a Parents Talking Circle for Parents and Carers.

Conferences and Parent/Child Workshops have been held in Stephenson Memorial Primary School in Wallsend, Newcastle High School, and Conferences at Centre of Life in Newcastle with Neil MacKay, Sunderland Glass Centre

A Conference for adults Joseph Butler Campus in Ashington, for parents/carers and children Barnard Castle School, all with a range of excellent speakers

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