Congratulations to Robert Farrow who swam the English Channel today (02.09.14) to raise awareness of dyspraxia and funds for the Dyspraxia Foundation! Robert completed his marathon swim in just 12 hours and 57mins – what an achievement !!!
Why did Robert chose to support the Dyspraxia Foundation? “Because this condition personally affects me. I understand what it feels like to be a small child and not be picked for the football team. To have poor balls skills, handwriting and find many activities hard, not for want of trying!
As an adult my luck has changed. I’ve really found my feet in the sport of open water swimming and want to achieve at the highest level. I suppose I do have a point to prove, that point being that everyone has something they can excel at with the right attitude and hard work.”
We have been tracking his process throughout the day and It’s not too late to donate to Roberts page on Justgiving https://www.justgiving.com/RFarrowSoloChannelSwim/
Emma Austin-Jones, already a published poet, has written a series of children’s books; they are both gentle and informative. They convey a simple and subtle message about friendship overcoming differences, without forcing the issue. Emma has also created a life-changing opportunity for art students at Bromsgrove College who have been invited to enter a competition to illustrate them.
The books have been inspired by her teenage daughter’s struggle with dyspraxia since primary school age, her Daughter (Cat) has been helping her Mom with the story outlines and the development of the characters to ensure that the issues of Dyspraxia were highlighted in an unobtrusive way.
Emma has decided to donate a percentage of the book profits to the Dyspraxia Foundation. Www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk
A further exciting thing about this project is that the winning student will gain the opportunity to illustrate her books, and will be included in royalties’ distribution. After costs any royalties earned will be divided between the ‘team’ as follows: 20% to Dyspraxia Foundation and 40% each to artist and author.
Emma has gathered together a team of judges, who will decide which students illustrations are the most suited to her book, among them are: Sharon Vass from Bromsgrove School of Music, Cat (her youngest daughter), Peter Collins from Ormerod Rutter Chartered Accountants, and Denise, Charmaine, Stephen and Sharon, all fellow writers from the group Emma has been a part of. The award is planned to become an annual tradition at Bromsgrove College as Emma strongly feels that it is important to recognize, encourage and fairly reward artists, she firmly believes the creative talent they can contribute to our society is superb.
The Art Course Tutor at Bromsgrove College, Kerry Sherlock has stated:
” The chance for students to apply their talents to a real life vocational context is always exciting, and knowing that the work being developed could benefit both students in the future and a charity makes it all the more meaningful.”
Pete Colins, from local Accountancy firm Ormerod Rutter, who are supporting this project, stated: “This opportunity gives young people the ability to showcase their skills and it can open a lot of doors for them, as it is very different to a traditional route, so it is great to be able to contribute to both the students future prospects and to the charity, which is very rewarding.
Sharon Vass, from Bromsgrove School of Music said: Emma and I talk a lot about art, because we both have a passion for it. When she told me about the project I thought it was such a wonderful way to give back to the community. It’s not often that the young people of Bromsgrove get such a great opportunity. When Emma asked me to be a judge for the project I was really excited. I’m really looking forward to seeing the student’s artwork and the creative new ideas that they come up with. The illustrations in a children’s book are always memorable and really help to tell the story so this really is great!
Local Representative and Vice Chair of the Dyspraxia Foundation, Sally Payne, said that this project gives the organisation the opportunity to raise awareness of this surprisingly common condition and raise much-needed funds for them to be able to sustain themselves. Importantly the book will include a page of information supplied by Sally Payne, of the Dyspraxia Foundation, which gives primary information about it. Dyspraxia affects children and adults and help is available for people with the condition. This information is also available at Emma’s blog. www.hebentref.wordpress.com
Following the hugely successful Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2013 (which ran from 13 – 19 October) and the launch of a much awaited UK-wide Helpline Service, the Dyspraxia Foundation is delighted to announce its new-look website, thanks to a grant from Olympus KeyMed.
New survey looks at whether opinions have changed over the past 6 years
Thousands of children and adults living with the condition – dyspraxia – are still facing a future of being misunderstood and unfairly labelled, according to the results of a new survey, launched today (Monday 14 October, Dyspraxia Awareness Week).
A unique national charity the Dyspraxia Foundation announced this week it will be launching a new helpline thanks to a major grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
The £166,265 grant to cover the next three years will enable the charity to reopen its helpline.
Two years ago the charity, based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire was forced to close the helpline after funding fell in the recession.
Michele Lee, Chair of the Dyspraxia Foundation said: “We are overjoyed with this funding which will mean we will be able to help the 12,000 people who come to us for urgent advice each year with a dramatically improved service over the next three years.
Stepping up: Improving the futures of adults with dyspraxia
Friday, 15th November 2013 — 10.00 am — 4.30 pm
The Ibis Hotel — Birmingham B5 4ST
A one day conference with an exciting programme of nationally recognised expert speakers covering the day to day issues that affect the lives of adults with dyspraxia. Ideal for anyone working with adults with dyspraxia, the conference will provide an essential practical approach to employment, access to higher education and obligations for the criminal justice system.Using case studies, the day will give an insight into strategies for success and help adults with dyspraxia maximise their true potential. The conference will close with an opportunity to pose questions to a panel of experts.
Participants required for new study looking at training the eye-movements of children with movement coordination difficulties.
Researchers in the Sport and Health Science department at the University of Exeter are running a project examining the motor coordination of children who suffer from movement difficulties. The project is funded by the Waterloo Foundation, and tests the benefits of an intervention that may help to improve motor coordination among children.