Volunteering offers you the chance to get involved in a project or with an organisation you really care about as well as an opportunity to meet new and like-minded people. It also gives you the chance to try out something different which may lead on to new career options or the confidence to get back to work. Even a small commitment can have a lasting effect on our organisation and the people it represents.
Volunteering opportunities come in many different guises, from long-term regular commitments to one-off individual or group projects. Above all, it’s a chance to make a real difference. If you are interested please contact WFDA Charity manager Georgina Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in this Volunteer Information Sheet.
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In April 2013 Carol May joined the WFDA as a volunteer in order to use her considerable expertise of dyslexia to support families to be able to talk with the schools of their children.
Carol has considerable experience in dyslexia. On a personal level two of her three boys have dyslexia. This knowledge and experience she put to good use when she was part of a dyslexia help line team as well as setting up the Kingston Dyslexia Association which ran from 1990 – 2001.
In 1994 she joined the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) and was involved in Befriender training, setting up their policies and working with the media. Before leaving in 2001 she was the Policy and Local Services director and was instrumental in the launch of the BDA Dyslexia Friendly Schools’ policy.
Subsequently Carol worked for the London Borough of Redbridge as one of the Special Educational Needs Managers until her retirement in 2010.
Carol continues to be a Specialist member of the Special Educational Needs Tribunal and is a Trustee for the Independent Dyslexia Consultants (Dr David McLoughlin, Carol Leather).
Contact number: 07941 870 336
Norma is a grandmother of one of our students and as a retired secretary is a great help providing much needed admin support.
Norma is the winner of the Waltham Forest Dyslexia Association Volunteer of the Year Award 2013. Norma has made an outstanding contribution to our charity by giving up her personal time and energy to support local people that have dyslexia. She has been involved in volunteering with us unpaid for an amazing 250 hours over the year (maybe more as she works from home taking calls) and she supports us in a wide variety of ways.