Volunteering is Life Changing

I first started volunteering as a student and I found it so enjoyable and fulfilling that it influenced a career change a few years later. The volunteering involved taking children from deprived areas of Edinburgh away for weekends and evenings with Children’s Holiday Venture, as well as doing fundraising for the charity to support theirContinue reading “Volunteering is Life Changing”

Why Volunteer?

‘Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.’ Erma Bombeck This week is Volunteers’ Week – an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. This year, Volunteers’ Week focuses onContinue reading “Why Volunteer?”

Practise What You Preach

I have always been passionate about volunteering which probably stems from my dad, even though I don’t like to admit it. My dad is a man of many skills and interests, and volunteering for a good cause is certainly at the heart of his priorities. These have been passed onto me. I first started volunteeringContinue reading “Practise What You Preach”

Challenging preconceptions, Rethinking Dyslexia

So we have come to the end of our series of screenings of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia (don’t worry if you have not managed to see it yet, there are still showings in some of our local branches, look here for details) and we have to say its success has exceeded our expectations. WhileContinue reading “Challenging preconceptions, Rethinking Dyslexia”

We were Kings and Queens of Glamour

On 2nd May 2013 Dyslexia Scotland attending a star studded reception at the Grand Hall in Edinburgh Castle honouring the work of Dyslexia Scotland. We were lucky enough to be one of the First Minister’s chosen charities in his Christmas card appeal in December 2012 – the painting of the Christmas card by Elizabeth BLackadderContinue reading “We were Kings and Queens of Glamour”

I could tell people I was not ‘thick’- but Dyslexic!

My name is Donnie Macaskill, I have been told I started school in Glasgow, speaking only Gaelic. I found myself put in a corner with a non-English speaking girl. This was isolating enough but when it became clear that I had difficulties in understanding letters and writing, life at school became more and more unbearable. My inabilityContinue reading “I could tell people I was not ‘thick’- but Dyslexic!”

Iconic image captured on canvas

Scottish Contemporary Artist Jonathan Mitchell has donated an original Oil painting of Sir Jackie Stewart racing at the 1969 German Grand Prix in the Matra MS80. The Painting was commissioned in co-operation with our President Sir Jackie Stewart to raise fund and awareness for Dyslexia Scotland. Jonathan says ‘ I have had the pleasure of meeting Sir Jackie a couple of times now. My firstContinue reading “Iconic image captured on canvas”