Programme of Meetings

 Next Meeting 

 ‘Effective and fun strategies to support struggling spellers

  Tuesday 2nd May 2017  

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 2nd May 2017

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’



  • Saturday 17th June – Annual Meeting for families at the Croydon Central Library
  • Tuesday 3rd October – Evening Meeting
  • Tuesday 7th November – 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:

‘Effective and fun strategies to support struggling spellers’

Tuesday 2nd May


There will be a short AGM at the start of this meeting.

This will be followed by a presentation by Geraldine Lacey.

An experienced and well-qualified specialist teacher, Geraldine Lacey was until recently Deputy Head of the Croydon Literacy Centre, where she taught children with dyslexia and other severe literacy  difficulties.

During her talk Geraldine will explain the processes involved in learning to spell and possible difficulties some children encounter. 

She will explore a range of practical approaches that overcome the difficulties while at the same time injecting some fun in the learning process.

In addition to teaching, Geraldine was an Advanced Skills teacher working with teachers in schools in an advisory capacity. She is well known in local schools for talks she has given on different aspects of SEN and literacy to SENCos, teachers, TAs, NQTs and whole school staff. She is now an independent consultant and still passionate about raising awareness of literacy difficulties and how to overcome them.

Parents, students and teaching staff are all welcome to the meeting which will be popular. Geraldine spoke to a large and appreciative audience at Sutton Dyslexia Association recently!


Future Meetings:

Saturday 17th June – Code Club

Running at 9.30-10.30 a.m. at Central Library, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET

Our annual meeting for families held at Central Library.

If you have primary age children, do bring them to sample the Code Club, run by Croydon Tech City experts.

The children’s library now has a permanent tech facility for the community, a dedicated and branded “Tech Zone”.

It would be helpful to know if you plan to come to the session; please call or email the CDA Helpline to let us know.

Tuesday 3rd October – ‘How to Cope with Exam Stress’

Details to follow


Tuesday 7th November – ‘Self Fulfilment with Dyslexia: a Blueprint to Success’

Details to follow


News about 2018 meetings will appear here as soon as speakers have been confirmed…

Possible future topics are

  • Dyslexia and Relationships
  • Dyslexia in adulthood

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)