Go the distance for dyslexia in 2017
It’s a new year and you can use 2017 to do something really remarkable. Dyslexia Action is inviting all of its supporters; children, adults, schools and companies to take part in ‘Go the distance for dyslexia’ to raise funds to enable us to provide more life-changing support to those affected by dyslexia.
Dyslexia can make some things harder to learn and put barriers in the way of progress but nearly always those barriers can be overcome with the right help and support. That’s why we’re hoping that you can help us to raise money for our Changing Lives Fund by taking part in 'Go the distance for dyslexia'. The Changing Lives Fund helps us to provide free advice sessions for all, as well as offer subsidised assistance to children and adults who need specialist support via assessment and tuition, but cannot afford it due to their financial circumstances.
How would you do it?
We’d like you all to join us to 'Go the distance for dyslexia'. Take yourself out of your comfort zone and endeavour to go that extra mile. Not only will you be providing someone with the right kind of help and support but you’ll also be helping to raise awareness and understanding of dyslexia.
There really are no limitations on how you can 'Go the distance for dyslexia'. The idea is to set yourself a measurable goal and ask friends, family and colleagues to get behind you and support you with their sponsorship.
We will be measuring all kinds of units to see how far our supporters can go for dyslexia. It might be how many kilometres or miles you can walk, run, swim or cycle or it could be something more unusual like how many cakes you can bake and sell, how many metres of fabric you sew or how many pages of a book you read or listen to. The important thing is that it is a personal goal that excites you and that you feel you can achieve with a little determination.
How to get involved and sign up
Let us know how you will be going the distance and we’ll provide you with fundraising forms, advice on how to maximise your activity and tips on how to set up a justgiving page. We can send you t-shirts, posters, balloons and other marketing materials to help you gain support.
The easiest way to start fundraising is to set up a JustGiving page. To set up a page please visit www.justgiving.com/dyslexia. Then you can share the link with family and friends and donations will be sent to us automatically. You can also download a sponsorship form that you can print out.
If you are holding an event and would like to help publicise it, you can download our poster pdf, fill in the text boxes with the details of your event and print it out.
Ideas for 'Go the distance for dyslexia' activities
Ideas for individuals and community groups
- Run a 5km, 10km, half marathon or marathon – set yourself a challenge and start your training
- Or how about a beautiful walk or trek
- Take part in a cycling event or set up your own personal route and goal
- Other sporting events – kayaking, skydiving, abseiling – whatever takes your fancy – it can all be measured to count towards going the distance for dyslexia
- If you’re not inspired by sport how about turning your hobby into a challenge? Knit, sew, play an instrument, organise a singathon for a set period of time or amount. If you are making something you could even sell your products.
- Organise a bake sale, how many cakes can you bake and sell?
- Get all your friends and community involved in an event – could you spend a day playing board games, how many people can you get involved?
If none of these events seem quite right for you, call or email us, we have lots of other ideas that we’d love to share! Or if you have another idea you’d like to discuss please do get in touch.
Ideas for schools and education providers
There are many ways that you can get involved in 'Go the distance for dyslexia' as an education provider. Take the opportunity to raise awareness about dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties by talking about what this means to your learners who are affected. Help increase understanding and create an inclusive learning environment. Here are just a few ideas of things you could to do but get in touch if you would like to discuss other ideas.
- Organise a Swimathon – how many combined meters can your students swim?
- Mufti days – how many students can you get involved?
- Organise a bake sale, how many cakes can you bake and sell?
- Get all the students singing in the hall throughout the day, as they take part in a Singathon, how many hours can you sing for?
- Organise a dyslexia-friendly day – measure the number of students or hours that you engaged your learners in a different way, using multisensory teaching and activities. Here are some ideas.
- Host a football, netball or hockey tournament, measure the number of minutes the students took part, or organise a relay running event, how far can the whole school run?
- Host a comedy night or summertime ball for parents or a fete for students and their families, how many people can you encourage to attend. You could raise money via the sale of tickets.
The possibilities are endless, but we’d be happy to support you in any way we can to make your event as successful as possible.
Ideas for companies
Why not use 'Go the distance for dyslexia' as a team building exercise to get your staff healthy and motivated in 2017? With 1 in 10 people in the UK affected by dyslexia, some of your employees will likely be affected in some way and in helping to raise awareness and understanding, you can make your workplace more inclusive. Here are some ideas on events that you might like to get involved in:
- Invite your employees to give up their normal commute and walk, run or cycle to work for a specified period of time, count the distance they cover
- Host a ‘rowathon’ or a ‘cyclathon’ at your offices – challenge teams to row or cycle from London to Paris in 12 hours – we can help you organise equipment to make this possible
- Host a Coffee Morning at your offices – how many cups of tea can you serve, take the opportunity to invite clients building relations and demonstrating your corporate social responsibility
- Organise a dress down day with a collection for Dyslexia Action
- Host a football competition, how many people can you encourage to take part?
- Give up something – challenge your workforce to give something up for a period of time
- Business bake off – track down the culinary talent in your office, how many cakes can you bake and sell?
- Take part in a challenge event as a company – there are so many fun ones to choose from. For some challenge event ideas, click here.
But if none of these seem to quite fit in with your company ethos please give us a call or email us and we’ll be happy to discuss other ideas with you.
Why get involved?
Being able to read and write is often taken for granted, but for some, tasks such as reading instructions, filling in an application form or writing a letter or story is daunting, imagine how challenging you might find this if you struggled with reading and writing. Think about how getting confused with directions, missing appointments and mixing up instructions might affect you. Think about how many activities within your normal daily routine that would impact upon, how isolated and frustrated you might feel.
The right support at the right time can change someone’s life for the better, re-engage them with education and improve future employment and life prospects. Dyslexia Action can help those that are experiencing difficulties with literacy and numeracy, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, but we need your help to enable us to do this.
Thank you for your support.
Running image: Lisa Hardy