Programme of Meetings

 Next Meeting 

“Listening Books

  Tuesday 5th February 2019

See below for the 'Where, When and What'



As usual, this meeting will be at:URC map

The United Reformed Church Hall,

Addiscombe Grove,

East Croydon,


You can get here by:

Train          (East Croydon Station)
Bus              (64, 119, 194, 197, 198, 312, 367, 410, 466, T33)
Tram          (1, 2, 3, 4)
Car             (free parking available in the church grounds)



The next meeting will be on Tuesday 5th February 2019

As usual:

Hall  open:               7.30pm (19.30).

Meeting start:         7.45pm (19.45).

Meeting finish:       9.30m (21.00)

Refreshments are available before the meeting

Its no problem if people have to ‘slip in a bit later or leave a bit earlier’


  • Monday 18th March 2019 – Evening Meeting
  • Tuesday 7th May 2019 – Evening Meeting
  • Tuesday 1st October 2019 – Evening Meeting
  • Tuesday 5th November 2019 – Evening Meeting


Entry is free to members and their families

Non-members are charged £5.00 for admission  – if you decide to join CDA on the night, this fee is refunded.

Refreshments and use of hall facilities are free on the night

The following gives you an idea of what this meeting is about:

At this meeting there will be a short and speed AGM at the start of the evening followed by the main presentation:

Tuesday 5th February 2019


Presented by: Abbie and Claire from the Listening Books charity


For many people with dyslexia, books can be daunting.  As a processing disorder, dyslexia doesn’t affect intelligence, but the effort involved in decoding words means that books can become too complex to properly enjoy.  Audiobooks could provide the answer.

Listening Books is a charity which provides an audiobook library for people who find reading difficult as the result of a print impairment like dyslexia. It has over 7,000 titles in its library, including bestselling titles from authors including J. K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin, Lee Child, David Walliams, Jacqueline Wilson, and many more. Listening Books supports the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 to A-Level and has a huge range of fiction and non-fiction titles for both adults and children.

During the talk the two speakers, Abbie and Claire from Listening Books, will show how easy it is to borrow audiobooks online, and how the postal CD service works. They will also bring information about free memberships in Croydon!


Future Meetings:

MONDAY 18th March 2019

‘ADHD – just a way of excusing the behaviour of naughty small boys’

Presented by: Garret Smyth


We’ve mostly moved beyond the reflex responses of “they need more discipline” and “they need more time in the great outdoors”, but there are still a lot of misconceptions about ADHD (Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder) and who can have it. Male, female, child and adult – anyone can suffer this developmental disorder, so it can be inattention, distractibility and hyperactivity for all the family! The odds are that a percentage of you reading this have it without knowing.

Garret Smyth, founder of the central London adult ADHD support group (now meeting three times a month) will be talking about ADHD, how it is diagnosed in children and adults, what it is often mistaken for (a lot of things), its comorbidities (such as dyslexia), ways of treating and managing it and his personal experience of being an adult (and child if he can cast his memory back that far) with ADHD.

All are most welcome and there will be the chance to ask questions.

    Please note – it’s a MONDAY evening meeting


News about further 2019 meetings will appear here as soon as speakers have been confirmed…

Possible future topics are

  • Early indications of dyslexia and how to help

If you have any suggestions about future topics you would be interested in hearing about, or you are interested in attending one of our meetings to offer specialist advice in the subject of dyslexia, please contact us (details below).

More information about CDA?


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


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