Dyslexia Association


St Helens and District Dyslexia Association (SHADDA) is an affiliate of the British Dyslexia Association. They offer support to dyslexics, their families and supporters.

SHADDA, the St Helens and District Association, offers help to dyslexics, their families, teachers and employers within St Helens, Wigan, Warrington, Halton, Knowsley and West Lancashire.  Membership is £15 per year which includes membership of the British Dyselxia Association (BDA), copies of Dyslexia Contact magazine and discounts on events and books.

The St Helens and District Dyslexia Association is a Member of The British Dyslexia Association (BDA), which has other local groups throughout England and Wales.  The BDA website at www.bdadyslexia.org.uk contains a wealth of information and advice.  Please do have a look at the “Frequently Asked Questions” which have been written by the BDA’s Helpline team.  The National Helpline is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on 0333 405 4567 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Many people found learning difficult while at school and have been frustrated by their failure to achieve.  Identification is very important for self-esteem but also for employers (and schools, colleges and universities) who need to know so assistance can be given and adjustments made where necessary.  Once identified, there are many, often quite simple, ways by which barriers can be overcome so people can begin to identify their strengths and achieve their potential.


  • Monthly drop-in meeting held at the Millennium Centre every third Tuesday of the month at 7pm.  The sessions are open and informal, and have a number of trained befrienders and experienced learning professionals who are willing to offer their advice and support
  • Helpline support number (0844 884 9725) for advice and support in learning, employment and everyday life. The national British Dyslexia Association helpline number is 0845 251 9002.

How to Access

Branch covers St Helens, Halton, Knowsley, Warrington, West Lancashire, Wigan and parts of Sefton. For further information phone/e-mail the group or come along to one of the monthly drop-in meetings – there is no need to make an appointment.

Type of Organisation

Independent charity (no.702042) affiliated to British Dyslexia Association


SHADDA, c/o The Millennium Centre, Corporation Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1HJ