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 whole load of support for dyslexic children, their parents, adults and teachers, including tutors and assessors.

We’re a membership-based charity – join us – there are perks!

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 has been going for over 50 years and we offer a range of help for people that are dyslexic. Check out what we have on offer.


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 or just if you need someone to talk to.

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

Margaret Black has been a teacher and is a very experienced Special Educational Needs tutor. She runs the GDA helpline and has been a key member of the charity for more years than she cares to remember.

Margaret Black Helpline


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 Admin

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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