Event to help people with dyslexia set up a business

The Cascade Foundation business event
The Cascade Foundation business event

More than 50 people attended an event designed to encourage local people with dyslexia, learning difficulties or head injuries to start their own businesses.

The event hosted by The Cascade Foundation, was led by Ken Lewis OBE, aka ‘The Dyslexic Entrepreneur’. Ken shared his story of how he overcame dyslexia to become an engineer and award-winning CEO and author.

He was joined by dyslexic learners of all ages and backgrounds who have recently embarked on courses run by Jackie Hewitt-Main, founder of The Cascade Foundation to help them to read and write.

Each learner told their own story of how dyslexia has affected their lives with each and every individual’s story having one commonality: an immense struggle to gain employment.

Highlights Jackie: “One female learner in her 20s who came to us from the Job Centre at the beginning of January for work experience had been in prison and never had a job because of her dyslexia. She’s now working alongside me to train and teach her peers because she has excellent people skills and a real natural ability to explain things to other people.

“Another long-term unemployed lady in her 60s, who also suffers from dyslexia and a physical disability which means she can’t walk very well, travels miles to the Cascade Health & Learning Hub on her mobility scooter every day. She’s going to head up our Cascade Homecare Service because she has vast experience of caring for people in her own family as well as friends and neighbours.

Concludes Jackie: “So, we’ve got the budding entrepreneurs who are keen to learn and develop, we now need to support them to turn their business ideas into reality and to do that, we need of the wider community. Please get in touch and help us to transform even more lives by creating local jobs and generating inward investment here in Doncaster.”

For more information visit www.thecascadefoundation.org or call Jackie on 01302 591050.