Dyslexia Action goes into administration

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The UK charity Dyslexia Action has gone into administration.

A notice posted on its website on 13 April states:

On Thursday 13 April 2017 Matthew Haw and Karen Spears of RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP were appointed as administrators of Dyslexia Institute Limited t/a Dyslexia Action.

As of the above date Dyslexia Action has ceased to trade all operations except the Training Centre and Dyslexia Guild which continue to operate as usual whilst the administrators negotiate a sale of this division. If you have any queries please contact RSM’s London office on 0203 201 8000 or email restructuring.london.core@rsmuk.com

Matthew Haw and Karen Spears act as agents of the Charity without any personal liability.

Staff employed by the organisation seem to have been completely unaware of its impending demise. A report on the website Sutton Coldfield Local says that staff at the Sutton Coldfield office were told that they had 30 minutes to clear their desks and leave the premises before the locks were changed.

 One of the team told the site:

This brilliant, wonderful and dedicated team were then informed via the Internet that they were now redundant. Having been kept in the dark about the situation, the team were in total shock at the news and were extremely upset at not being able to contact those families that had been receiving their support.

I am so sad that the amazing teachers and psychologists along with myself and my colleagues will no longer be able to offer support to local people facing barriers and anxiety to learning. We were not able to contact parents and pupils as we were ordered to leave. It’s been quite an ordeal really to be made redundant out of the blue. We have been in tears about this.

Postings on the website Mumsnet suggests independent educational psychologists who work for the charity are seeking to regroup on an area by area basis so they can continue to offer assessment services.

 Meanwhile one parent posted:

I booked my daughter for an assessment for the 2 May 2017 and paid £513. I got told today I won’t get my money back. So devastated.

The organisation was known to be financially struggling in a climate in which many charitable organisations have seen income fall.

Update

Dyslexia Action has updated the statement on its website from the one at the time this story was written. It now makes clear that Units of Sound as well as its Training Centre and Dyslexia Guild continue to operate as usual. It now reads:

On Thursday 13 April 2017 Matthew Haw and Karen Spears of RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP were appointed as administrators of Dyslexia Institute Limited t/a Dyslexia Action. As of the above date Dyslexia Action has ceased to trade all operations except the Training Centre, Dyslexia Guild and Units of Sound which continue to operate as usual whilst the administrators negotiate a sale of this division. If you have any queries please contact RSM’s London office on 0203 201 8000 or email restructuring.london.core@rsmuk.com

 Matthew Haw and Karen Spears act as agents of the Charity without any personal liability.’

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