What Does CDA Do?

Local Helpline

Our Helpline is run by volunteers from their own homes.  We therefore ask that you try to ring the helpline during the day or in the evening, no later than 9pm.

The Helpline can signpost callers to local and national services available to dyslexic people and their families

To contact the Helpline

Ring: 0333 111 00 66 (before 9pm)

Email: [email protected]

Screening for Dyslexia

Screening is not an assessment for dyslexia, but does show the probability of dyslexia in the person being screened.

Croydon Dyslexia Association has been able to provide this service since September 2008 when it was awarded funding by the Community Enterprise Fund to buy the software to carry out computerised dyslexia screening.

A screening session costs £50 (£45 for CDA members), which will last about an hour.

The service is for children (6 years and older).

Please note: For information about where to get an assessment, see the Adults page.

For more information, ring the CDA Helpline – 0333 111 00 66 (before 9pm)
Email: [email protected]

Croydon’s Children Will Shine

Literacy Support Workshops                                                         

  • The workshops take place on Saturday mornings in term time at Christ Church, Brighton Road, Purley.
  • Each workshop session lasts 1 hour (10 sessions a term).
  • The subsidised charge is £20 per session, paid half termly in advance, and the first session is a free taster session.
  • Teaching is led by a qualified specialist dyslexia teacher, supported by a Higher Level Teaching Assistant working with 10-12 students per session.

Key Stage 2 (Primary school years 3 to 5)

  • 9.15am – 10.15am

Key Stage 2-3 (Primary school year 6 to Secondary school year 8)

  • 10.30am – 11.30am

Key stage 4 (Secondary school years 9-11)

  • 11.45am – 12.45pm

Sessions include:

  • work on study skills
  • reading and comprehension
  • homework support
  • typing
  • tailored programmes to meet individual students’ needs and interests.

If your child is dyslexic or has literacy difficulties and would benefit from additional support by coming to the Children Will Shine workshops, email [email protected] to find out more, or alternatively contact the CDA helpline on  0333 111 0066 or email [email protected]

  • Parents/carers – please discuss this with your child before contacting CDA about the workshops.
  • All parents/carers of students attending the workshops must be members of the Croydon Dyslexia Association

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Dates for the Spring Term 2019 are:

12th, 19th and 26th January;   

2nd and 9th February; 

2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th March;

There are no sessions on 16th and 23rd February as it is Half Term. 

Open Meetings

The CDA hosts six open meetings a year, featuring a mixture of talks and workshops lead by by guest speakers and presenters.  Entry to these meetings is free to members.  A £5 charge is made to non-members.

The meetings are usually held at the United Reformed Church, Addiscombe Grove, East Croydon, with the June meeting usually taking place at the Central Library, Katharine Street.


A CDA newsletter is sent out to all members three times a year at the start of each school term containing information about forthcoming local and national events

Members who take out a DUAL or CORPORATE membership will also receive the ‘Contact’ magazine which is published by the British Dyslexia Association, also three times a year

Family Learning Festival

Each year, the CDA runs a stall at the Croydon Family Learning Festival in the Whitgift Centre, responding to general enquiries from the public.

More information about CDA?

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0333 111 00 66 (evenings and weekends until 9pm)

Website: https://croydondyslexia.wordpress.com

Registered Charity No. 289947 (A member of the British Dyslexia Association)