Barclays helps raise awareness of dyslexia in schools and the workplace

| March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Yas Vockins, Head of Counters at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, with a student from Trinity School

DYSLEXIA dictionaries and specially adapted reading books donated by Barclays Wealth and Investment Management have helped Trinity School on its way to becoming a centre of excellence for teaching children with dyslexia.

£1000 from the bank allowed the school to purchase vital teaching equipment including workbooks specifically designed for children with dyslexia which help build their confidence and skills and reading books printed on textured coloured paper which are easier to read.

Debbie Dewhurst ENCO, Trinity School said: “The new equipment purchased by Barclays is a real asset to the school and our children. We have quite a few children in school who have dyslexic tendencies and can find reading a real struggle at times and certainly not an enjoyable experience. Thanks to Barclays we have been able to increase our range of dyslexic friendly reading books. The children love them and will happily sit and read for much longer periods of time. It’s a real pleasure to see the enjoyment they get from them.

“The dyslexic friendly dictionaries are a real hit too; it allows the children to work more independently as they need to rely on others less to help them with their spelling. This has helped to develop their independent learning skills and therefore raise their self-esteem. A big thank you to Barclays from all of us at Trinity.”

Members of the community team from Barclays Wealth and Investment Management recently visited the school to meet the children and teachers and to find out how the new equipment is making a difference.

Juliette De Guelle, Vice President at Barclays, said: “It’s great to see how the new teaching equipment is supporting the pupils at Trinity School with their learning.

“It’s so important that schools have the provisions to be able to support pupils who have difficultly reading and writing, so we’re pleased to be able to help Trinity School in their pursuit of becoming a centre of excellence for teaching children with dyslexia.”

Barclays’ Disability Awareness Network also held a Dyslexia Awareness Day on 21 February to help enhance understanding and awareness of the learning disability in the workplace.

Psychologist Dr Alessio Agostinis and consultant orthoptist Sarah Peel from Vision Works and chair of Dyslexia Jersey presented to staff during the lunch time event. The presentations covered the common signs and symptoms of dyslexia, the screening and diagnosis process and what adjustments can be made in the workplace to support a dyslexic employee.

“The presentations were extremely informative and a great opportunity for employees to ask questions and discuss the best ways to support dyslexic colleagues in the workplace,” said Sue Leonard, chairperson for the Barclays Disability Awareness Network in Jersey.

Barclays’ Disability Awareness Employee Network helps to raise awareness of various diversity-related issues and initiatives, offers opportunities for employees to network and engage in professional development and looks to partner with external organisations to build relationships in the local community.

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