Gloucestershire Dyslexia Association

Welcome to The Gloucestershire Dyslexia Association

GDA is there if you or your child has the superpower that is dyslexia (and yes, we know it can be challenging too).


We have a helpline to support dyslexic children, their parents, adults and teachers, including tutors and assessors.


We work to provide understanding and support for dyslexia, by attending markets and events. 


We’re a membership-based charity – join us to support dyslexic children and adults.


We’re run by a volunteer executive committee.


This website has been designed to be accessible – click on the left-hand icon to change colour, contrast  and fonts.


GDA sometimes receives questions from parents and carers about rumours that Gloucestershire Authorities does not recognise dyslexia. This is not correct, and we have received this reply to our enquiry about it.


Dyslexia is identified as a specific learning disability in the SEND Code of Practice. This is a need that Gloucestershire has recognised and is included in information about the Advisory Teaching Service as set out in the Local Offer.


As with all SEND Services, we acknowledge diagnosis, however our focus is on the child’s needs, and supporting the child, setting and family using recommendations and evidence informed interventions which build on the child’s strengths.


We have included the link to the local offer which shows the recognition of Dyslexia. This is our Local Offer which is available and accessible to families and professionals.


GDA has been going for over 50 years and we offer a helpline for people that are  a parent/caregiver for dyslexic children or dyslexic adults. We have assessors and tutors connected to us.


Browse our site for tutors we’ve verified so you know they are qualified, experienced, and safe.


Find the latest news and events from the Gloucestershire Dyslexia Association.

Email us for information

Send us an email on and we will get back to you.

Call us for help

T: 07908729820

Use our helpline manned by a volunteer, to ask questions.

Leave a message and you will be called back.

Meet Our Trustees

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Claire’s passion to get involved with the charity was sparked by fighting for the needs of her son who is severely dyslexic. Her day job is as a press officer for a tech charity. She was previously a BBC journalist; managed a community radio station and has been a college and adult education tutor.

Claire Penketh Non-executive chair

Wendy works as a Special Education Needs tutor at a Gloucestershire school and carries out assessments for the GDA for children and adults with suspected dyslexia. Wendy also coordinates the GDA tutors.

Wendy Hawkins Lead Tutor



Ingvild has been the administrative engine of GDA for several years.  She has experience in education working as a teacher in Kindergartens in Norway and in  nurseries and  schools in England after completing a masters in special education and pgce in teaching, before having children. One of her children is dyslexic. 

Ingvild Goff SECRETARY

Huge supporter of my dyslexic teen. Keen to promote the positive attributes of dyslexia and committed to engaging schoolteachers to spot and support our dyslexic children by taking part in dyslexia training. Building links with organisations such as Made by Dyslexia to campaign for greater awareness.

Lucy Hamilton Campaigns

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Merope has risk management, commercial, and regulatory experience in the private, public and voluntary sectors. She has a background in banking, and board experience as Chair of the Securities Houses Compliance Officer’s Group and as Steering Committee Member. She is Lay-chair of the Bybrook Benefice, where the Benefice Council covers 0 parishes, and she is also a trustee of St. Nicholas, Slaughterford.

Merope Sylvester Policy and Procedures

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Gloucestershire Dyslexia Association is a charity that works to increase awareness and understanding of dyslexia and to provide information, education and support to dyslexic people and parents and teachers of dyslexic children in Gloucestershire. GDA was established in 1971 and is run by an executive committee of volunteers. It is affiliated to the British Dyslexia Association.

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