Volunteers Week 2019: Time to Celebrate

Volunteers Week (1-7 June) is a great time to celebrate and thank all of our wonderful volunteers for all that they do for Dyslexia Scotland.

Thank you

Dyslexia Scotland has a long history of involving volunteers. Over 40 years ago, a few parents were the first to create a local group. The organisation then grew from this small group of passionate parents. We now have over 200 volunteer ‘roles’ across the organisation – these include our Directors, Ambassadors, President (Sir Jackie Stewart OBE) and Vice-President (Julia Trotter MBE), national volunteers and Branch volunteers.  Many of our volunteers wear several ‘hats’.

We currently have 36 active national volunteers (and 7 ‘resting’ volunteers), who are supported by me, as Volunteers Manager.  They have a variety of roles:

  • Resource Centre Volunteer
  • Admin Volunteer
  • Helpline Advisors
  • Media/Social Media Volunteers
  • Events Volunteers
  • Career Development Service Mentors
  • Young Ambassadors
  • Young Ambassador Mentor
  • Adult Network Facilitators
  • Adult Network Helpers
  • Photographer
  • Awareness Speakers

We have over 100 Branch Volunteers in 18 Branches, supported by National Development Officer, Lena Gillies. Our Branches cover Scotland from Dumfries and Galloway to Caithness! They aim to raise awareness and understanding of dyslexia by holding meetings which are open to the public.  If you’d like to be added to your local branch mailing list, just drop them an email – you can find their contact details on each branch page.

I am not recruiting any national volunteer roles at the moment, but if you are interested in getting involved as a Branch volunteer, volunteers are needed in Fife, Forth Valley, Hebrides (Stornoway), Lochaber.  Please contact Lena at lena@dyslexiascotland.org.uk for more information.  

If you would like to help in other ways, for example, writing a blog or an article for our members’ magazine, be interviewed for our podcast, fundraise for us or have an information stand at your workplace etc. see our flyer here.

Thank you again to all of our wonderful volunteers, for all that you do for dyslexia awareness and Dyslexia Scotland!

Helen Fleming, Volunteers Manager

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Dyslexia Awareness: Moving Mountains

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Dyslexia Awareness Week in Scotland is here again. In the past 5 years or so, Ellie’s blue ribbons have gone from strength to strength. Therefore some of us might be beginning to take Dyslexia Awareness Week for granted and finding it all a bit too much work.

However, I remember the bad old days when I would tell a teacher (or employer) that I was dyslexic and get a blank look in response. And they weren’t even the worst of the dark ages, at least I knew I was dyslexic and not just thick or slow.

I have written the poem below to try to encourage myself and others to continue to raise awareness.

In “The Prince of Egypt” there is a lovely song called “When You Believe”, I find the following lyrics extremely inspirational:-

“we know there’s much to fear
We were moving mountains
Long before we knew we could”

I suggest that we look back from the shoulders on which we stand at the mountains that have moved. And continue to use Dyslexia Awareness Week to make mountains move still further.  REMEMBER mountains move slowly: they are extremely big and heavy after all!!!

Brilliant
Dyslexia Scotland
My Wider World
Wear Ellie’s Blue Ribbons
Excellent

Don’t hide away!
Allow everyone to see
Win the fight!

Together
We battle
No longer hiding
Disabling society, is learning
Communication

Decide now!
Action against fear
We are shining a light

Enlightened
We stand
Together we teach
Together we learn how
To succeed

Difference is great!
Always embrace diversity
Weakness is not found in difference

Strength
Is difference
Talent is unique
Genius does not follow
It leads!!!

Doreen Kelly, 

Dyslexia Scotland Member and Volunteer

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