Trust backs new support group


SOUTHLAND’S Poppycock Trust has lent its support to a new group assisting those with specific leaning difficulties including dyslexia, Irlens, auditory processing disorder and dyscalculia.
Poppycock Trust founding trustee Nikki Burns, whose organisation partners with groups working on personal growth, community connection and leadership initiatives, said the trust worked alongside specialists and parents to support the specific learning difficulties work.
‘‘As a board, wefeel privileged to work with committed, caring and skilled people in the Southland region,’’ Mrs Burns said.
In 2011, three parents, including Chris Cole, who all had children with learning difficulties established the Difficulties With Learning Support Group for parents whose children had similar problems with their learning.
Mrs Cole approached the Poppycock Trust last year, and as a result the trust offered mentoring, governance and funding support, with Dyslexia Support Southland being established this year.
Dyslexia Support Southland aimed to provide a community-wide, unbiased, respectful base to support parents and caregivers of children with a specific learning difficulty by providing practical resources and parent support groups, Ms Burns said.
Five professional staff members contribute, with some choosing to be voluntary and some in a paid parttime role.
‘‘We have a team of five skilled professionals, including dyslexia support worker and team leader Chris Cole, who will work alongside parents and families. At this stage this includes running a regular parent support group, developing resources, and also working alongside staff at primary schools.
‘‘As funding increases, we are hopeful this role will expand to allow Mrs Cole to work more in the community with schools and early childhood education.’’
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