01 Feb Create your Future with Dyslexia
This month, A2i Dyslexia have begun work with Black Thrive in order to provide much needed funding and education to residents of Lambeth. We want to provide both workshops and direct help to enable Lambeth residents in the black community to be able to create your future with Dyslexia. Having secured crucial funding we have set up an 18-month long initiative to give people in these communities who have Dyslexia the skills and training needed to ensure long-term, beneficial employment.
Who is Black Thrive?
Black Thrive is an amazing organisation set to help those in the black community of Lambeth suffering from long-term health and mental health conditions. There is a huge amount of discrimination based on race and health; this is something that Black Thrive wants to see an end to, as well as helping people overcome that barrier to lead meaningful lives. They are a partnership between communities, statutory organisations, voluntary, and the private sector who want to address the barriers which lead to poorer outcomes across a range of social factors, such as education, employment, housing, and so on; all of which may negatively impact one’s health and wellbeing.
Last March, Black Thrive set up The Employment Project, which secured £300,000 worth of funding to be distributed amongst various organisations that are committed to achieving those same aims. A significant amount of that funding is going towards piloting new schemes that encourage systematic changes in order to improve the employment prospects of black people living in Lambeth with one or two long-term health conditions or learning differences. One of the learning differences highlighted is Dyslexia.
How are we working with them?
Aspire 2 Inspire (A2i) Dyslexia CIC has applied for a portion of this grant with an aim to work directly with black Lambeth residents with Dyslexia and other learning differences who are facing barriers in training and employment, in order to help build skills and abilities that lead to better and more gainful employment. At A2i, we want to help residents who are in low income jobs, unemployed, or even just stalled in low paid or insecure work. We want to use this funding to help these Lambeth residents who have Dyslexia to achieve their full potential.
So, how are we planning on doing this?
Starting very soon we will be offering a select number of people access to a series of 16 workshops that will cover a variety of topics. These are:
- Using your creative strengths
- Memory techniques
- Managing time effectively
- Coping with stress
- Self-confidence and assertiveness
- Basic literacy
- Reaching your potential
- IT/Digital Skills
These workshops will take place online to make access during the pandemic as easy and simple as possible. After each workshops there will be a full two hour session allowed for careers coaching and questions, meaning that those who participate will get the absolute most out of their time and the subject matter.
We’re not stopping at the workshops, though. We want to provide full 1:1 help and access during this period. Now, obviously we are in the middle of a pandemic and at the time of writing we are in a full lockdown. As soon as government guidelines permit we will be introducing face-to-face support via drop-in surgeries in easy-to-access locations in Lambeth. We will also be a presence at local events and network meetings to help promote the service.
Upon completion of the workshop we would offer any participants who haven’t been properly diagnosed with dyslexia a free assessment. This is usually worth £420 and if diagnosed can help attain a full range of help and support going forward.
This is a huge opportunity for those who have been left behind by the current system, and a chance to do some good within the Lambeth community. The founder of A2i, Elizabeth Takyi, had this to say; “This grant is so important as there are not many organisations that support black people with long-term conditions. Our programme hopes to help people understand cultural barriers and overcome the stigma of dyslexia, while also helping black people in Lambeth with dyslexia to unlock their full potential.”
How can you benefit?
We are hoping to have 30 people sign up to this program. By the end, our aim is to make sure that at least six of those who participate find paid work, with at least another six progressing in their current employment.
If you, or someone you know, meets the criteria then please do get in touch to register your interest in joining the program. It’s very easy and can be done by simply emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us on 07476 012 992.
Don’t wait or hesitate. Places are filling up fast and we want to help. Please see the attached flyer for more details of dates and times.
As the year goes on, we hope to see many similar projects springing up all over London, as we look to bring help and funding where it’s needed for those with Dyslexia.