National dyslexia charity invites Nottingham and Nottinghamshire young people with dyslexia and specific learning difficulties to apply for the Create! Communicate! project

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Educational charity Dyslexia Action is inviting Nottingham and Nottinghamshire young people, aged 14-17, with dyslexia or specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) to apply for its creative learning and development project, Create! Communicate!.

The project will run from October until May and aims to provide an alternative learning approach for young people who have difficulties expressing themselves through traditional education methods.

The project is supported using funding from the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and public funding by Arts Council England. It offers young people with dyslexia and other SpLDs the opportunity to explore the topic of SpLDs through the use of creative arts, including film/animation, visual arts, sound and drama. Participants will also be supported with specialist assessments and literacy and key skills sessions.

The creative arts project will be facilitated in partnership with Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottinghamshire YMCA, Nottingham Playhouse and Nottinghamshire County Council and will culminate with a celebration and public exhibition of participants work in March 2013. Participants will also have the opportunity to work towards achieving a Bronze Arts Award accreditation.

Annabel Bennett, project manager of Create! Communicate!, said: “Dyslexia alone affects approximately 1,300 young people aged 14-17 in Nottingham*. Learners with dyslexia and other SpLDs often lack confidence in their abilities and feel less able than their peers in traditional education subjects because their difficulties often prevent them from demonstrating their skills, talents and abilities. This project aims to provide attendees with an alternative route to learning, giving them a chance to have their voices heard through creative means, which we hope will go some way to boosting their self-esteem.

We want to show young people that dyslexia and SpLDs need not be a barrier to success and are certainly nothing to be ashamed about; we hope that this project will give participants an opportunity to show what they can achieve.”

For an application form or more information about the Create! Communicate! project, please contact Annabel Bennett on 0115 9470 965/07841684751, abennett@dyslexiaaction.org.uk or visit www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk/News/create-communicate. The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 14th September.