Waterfront: New Rotary Club initiative to help pupils with dyslexia

TAKE FLIGHT: Bobby George in 2006, when he was supporting Sport Relief

TAKE FLIGHT: Bobby George in 2006, when he was supporting Sport Relief - Credit: Archant

Darts star Bobby George at Waterfront dyslexia event

Dyslexia can prevent many people achieving their potential within education and blight their later lives.

Fortunately, in recent years, better understanding of the problem has lead to a lot of work within education to help students overcome this handicap.

Now a new initiative is being planned, Dyslexia Resource Boxes. by The Rotary Clubs of Ipswich Orwell and twin club Hanau Maintal (Frankfurt).

The twinned rotary clubs have teamed up to produce a new initiative to help people suffering from dyslexia.

Over the years many people who have achieved success in business, sport, science and other fields have done so despite suffering from dyslexia.

The two rotary clubs, from England and Germany, are working together on the new Dyslexia Resources Boxes Project and are fundraising to make it happen initially in Suffolk.

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The initiative is being launched locally at the UCS Waterfront building at Neptune Quay on Wednesday October 30 at 7.30pm.

Famous dyslexia suffers include Richard Branson, Albert Einstein, John Lenon, Duncan Goodhew and Kirtsy Alsopp.

Darts star Bobby George, BBC TV’s Mr Darts, is another sufferer and he will be a guest helping to launch the new initiative in Ipswich.

Tickets to the fundraising launch event cost £12.50 and include wine, canapes and entry into a prize draw.

Jane Leeburn, chairman of Suffolk Dyslexia Association, said this is a pilot scheme to trial the special Dyslexia Resources Boxes in the county, helping pupils from three centres and half-a-dozen schools.

“Each box will contain lots of material specifically designed to help pupils with these problems to access the school curriculum.

“There are lots of dyslexia-friendly materials, exercise books with coloured paper, special pens and a lot more.

“Many teachers don’t know they exist and they, and special needs staff, will be able to use them.

“Hopefully this will then spread out across Suffolk.”

The launch event is at the Waterfront Auditorium, UCS, Neptune Quay, Ipswich.

Contact Russell and Jane Leeburn 01473 254227, email: leeburn@uwclub.net for more information or to book tickets.

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