Got an enquiry ........
From an 18 year old living in Preston who told us he has issues with literacy and dyslexia.
He will shortly be finishing a training course and then hopes to apply for jobs. He asked
where he could get an independent dyslexia assessment and what the cost would be.
He also asked where he could get help with Adult Literacy in the Preston area, and also
what the cost would be.
This is our reply.......
Hi Michael C, thanks for contacting q2a.
We hope the following information will be helpful in enabling you to address your literacy
issues, so that you can successfully apply for employment.
With regards to your enquiry regarding gaining an independent dyslexia assessment and
the cost of help in employment, we contacted Preston and District Dyslexia Association
(PADDA) for advice. The PADDA contact number is Tel 01772 619 640, open 10am to
8pm. The website address is
They suggested a couple of options;
# Dr Sioanh Lannan who is an Educational Psychologist, with extensive experience
of assessments, charges approximately £450 for an assessment. She can be contacted
via Red Rose School, 28 - 30 North Promenade, St Annes on Sea, Lancashire, FY8 2NQ.
Telephone: 01253 720570
# A national charity called the Shaw Trust can organise both an independent
dyslexia assessment and support in employment if a person signs up to their training
programmes. PADDA are aware of people having gained free assessments when they
have been signed up to programmes that the Shaw Trust offer. For more information
contact: The Shaw Trust, Fox Talbot House, Greenways Business Park, Bellinger Close,
Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 1BN. Tel: 01225 716300 www.shaw-trust.org.uk/home
Also another useful contact is the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). They operate a free
confidential helpline for people connected in any way with dyslexia, which is staffed by
volunteers. It is open from 10:00am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday, and open late on
Wednesday from 5:00pm- 7:00pm, contact 0845 251 9002. Alternatively you can contact
the helpline via email email@example.com or check out the website at
We hope that these alternatives will meet your requirements for a dyslexia assesssment.
If you are assessed as having dyslexia then you might like to contact Access To Work.
Access to Work can help you if your health or disability affects the way you do your job.
It gives you and your employer advice and support with extra costs which may arise
because of your needs.
You may be able to get Access to Work if you're:
and your disability or health condition stops you from being able to do parts of your job.
This link provides more information: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/Employmentsupport/WorkSchemesAndProgrammes/DG_4000347
With regards to your question about adult literacy courses, Preston College operates a
number of free courses that you would be able to attend. For more details contact:
# The Advice Centre, Preston College, Fulwood Campus, St Vincents Road,
Preston, PR2 8UR. Tel 01772 225522. www.preston.ac.uk
You tell us you are 18 now, if your 19th birthday is coming up fast then you will also be
eligible for the courses provided by Lancashire Adult Learning. You can access the
prospectus with all the information you need at this website
We also suggest that you might like to contact your local Young People's Workers who
would be able to help you make contact with the agencies we have mentioned. You would
be able to use the phone and computer facilities which might be helpful. Your local
InfoCentre is in the Urban Xchange on Theatre Street/Mount Street, Preston, PR1 8BQ,
telephone 01772 255305. It is open 10am to 4.30pm every weekday except Wednesday
when it opens at 11am, and on Saturdays its open 11.30am to 2.30pm.
We hope this reply is helpful and you can access the services you require in the near
future. Please do contact us again, through q2a, if we can help anymore with this, or any
Best wishes q2a.