By Sophie Mei Lan
"Having dyslexic staff can be a huge asset to your business," explains a dyslexia assessor.
Miss Bell, who runs CLB Dyslexia Support, says that it is essential to provide dyslexic people with the right support in order for them to flourish at work.
In fact, it is a legal requirement to make adjustments for dyslexic staff.
"The main way employers can help a dyslexic individual in the workplace is by getting a clear diagnosis from an assessor such as myself.
"Then, if someone is dyslexic or has any other disability, it's important to support them through the Access to Work process."
The government's Access to Work grant provides funding for practical support for people who have a disability or health or mental health condition to help them:
Miss Bell, whose business assesses people who think they may be dyslexic as well as tutoring those who are, says: "Access to Work can provide assistive technology, a workplace tutor and other means to help dyslexic people."
Ways in which businesses can further support dyslexic people include:
Some of the strengths typical of dyslexic individuals:
Dyslexic Blogger, Journalist and Film-Maker at mamamei.co.uk said:
"You wouldn't think being good with words and having dyslexia goes hand in hand.
I didn't think so either until I discovered I was dyslexic and, it unlocked the right support.
I've always loved writing and being creative.
And whilst I did well at school, academia didn't come naturally to me.
There were areas in which I excelled such as doing projects and dissertations.
But my handwriting was always so illegible and I was slow at learning maths and reading took ages (it still does).
Most people in my classes seemed to learn really quickly whereas my processing was so much slower.
I powered through to university where I started blogging and getting experience as a broadcast journalist.
I loved hearing people's stories and being able to give them a voice.
I continued on to doing an MA in Journalism.
And thanks to my difficulty with spelling and shorthand, I was tested for dyslexia.
As a lot of dyslexic people do, I have a spiked profile which means I'm really good in some areas but not so good in others.
I then went on to get my dream job working at the BBC on Salford and I was able to access a range of support such as read & writing software, green overlays for reading work and a dictaphone for recording information so I could listen back to it.
I now run my own successful family, lifestyle and reviews blog mamamei.co.uk, I freelance as a journalist and publicist and, I write columns for newspapers and magazines - so words are a huge part of my life!"
There aren’t many people who could handle the heat of the MasterChef kitchen, but for one Yorkshire entrepreneur it was just another day in the office. Chris Hale, 29, reached the quarter-finals of this year's BBC TV cooking contest causing a stir with his Indian Sushi fusion and tempered chocolate dessert.
The father-of-two remained, mostly, calm under such pressure producing several mouth-watering dishes for Chef JonTorode and Greengrocer Greg Wallace.
Self-taught Chef Mr Hale, from Wakefield, said: “I had the most amazing time on the show and learnt lots about working in a professional kitchen. “It would’ve been easy to crumble under pressure of having Jon and Greg watch your every move. But I kept my cool by focusing on enjoying what I was cooking.”
The father-of-two said that he is happiest when he is in the kitchen and his creative juices are flowing.
“It was nice to receive such praise from being in the MasterChef kitchen, which gave me the confidence to start to think about cheffing professionally,” said Mr Hale. Mr Hale, who runs altitude training company AcclimatiseMe, combined his business acumen with his love of cooking to create his latest venture Pop UpNorth.
He said: “I have joined up with fellow finalists from MasterChef to create Pop Up North which is a fine dining catering company based in the north of England.
“We create exciting menus for our pop-up restaurants, when we take over a venue for the night, as well as providing luxury private dining experiences in the comfort of your own home.”
And the Pop Up North team which comprises of… have been inundated with work from cooking on a beach in Cannes to popping up restaurants in Leeds, Sheffield,Wakefield, Beverley and Ilkley.
Mr Hale, who has an MBA in business, said: “The number of enquiries we have had has been overwhelming.
“It feels great to be doing what I love, professionally and,to be making a success out of it.”
And the young award-winning entrepreneur is following in his mother Janet Hale’s footsteps, as she runs her own baking company Homefoods.
Mr Hale said: “My mum has always baked and cooked us meals from scratch and so did my Grandma.
“So I guess I’ve got cheffing in my genes. And sometimes my mum also works for me, so Pop Up Northis a real family affair.”
He said that growing up in Yorkshire has resulted in him being passionate about using local suppliers as well as sourcing the best locally produced seasonal ingredients.
Find Pop Up North on Facebook: www.facebook.com/popupnorth or
on twitter @PopUpNorthFood or
for Private Dining and catering enquiries call Chris Hale on 07899767279 or email: email@example.com
Pop Up North: Upcoming restaurants
- Pop Up North presents Gin Pairing menu at Marmalade, Wakefield on Saturday September 24, for more info:
To book tickets, go to:
- Pop Up North presents Gin pairing menu at Union Street, Sheffield on Friday September 23, for more info:
To book tickets, go to: https://www.tabl.com/events/158050-gin-pairing-menu?utm_nooverride=1
- Pop Up North Presents a Mexican Fiesta at 80k, Wakefield on Friday September 30, for more info:
To book tickets, go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pop-up-north-presents-mexican-fiesta-80k-tickets-27275443586
- Pop Up North Presents an Italian Vegan pop-up at Roots and Fruits, Leeds on Thursday October 6
- Pop Up North Presents an Italian Vegan pop-up at Union Street, Sheffield on Saturday October 8
- Pop Up North Presents cocktails and canapes Halloween-style at Ink and Water, Sheffield on Friday October 28
- Pop Up North Presents cocktails and canapes Halloween style at Marmalade, Wakefield on Saturday October 29
- Pop Up North Presents a Christmas party at Marmalade, Wakefield on Saturday December 3
Whether you like it dry, sloe or sweet, there's no denying that the number of gin-lovers is growing.
And one Yorkshire chef is mixing up a range of local tipples to create a gin-pairing fine dining experience.
BBC MasterChef quarter-finalist Chris Hale has created the perfect recipe for an evening of gin and great food.
And he and his team from Pop Up North, a fine dining company he has founded since his success on the hit BBC One cooking show, are preparing to tantalise any foodies tastebuds.
Mr Hale, 29, said: "Yorkshire is the gin capital, outside of London, so I thought it was the perfect place to launch my gin-pairing menu.
"There'll be a range of cocktails paired with canapés, a salmon starter with venison for mains, all finished off with an unmissable gin and tonic sorbet float.
"As well as drinks throughout the food service, the gin will carry on flowing with our licensed cocktail bar."
Pop Up North presents Gin Pairing menu at Marmalade, Wakefield on Saturday September 24, for more info:
To book tickets, go to:
Pop Up North presents Gin pairing menu at Union Street, Sheffield on Friday September 23, for more info:
To book tickets, go to: https://www.tabl.com/events/158050-gin-pairing-menu?utm_nooverride=1
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A nurse who was left bed bound by arthritis has published her first book.
A dedicated Nurse from Ackworth thought her life was over when she had to give up the job she loved, due to chronic arthritis.
But after becoming almost bed bound by the condition, Linda Jones decided to start writing a novel.
She could barely hold a pen but would occasionally manage typing.
Mrs Jones, 58, said: “I was devastated to leave my job as I loved working at the nursing home.
"It was there I started when I first became a nurse, and it was one of the most fulfilling jobs I’ve ever had.
"It was exasperating; my mind was as active as ever but my body felt like it was made of lead."
Mrs Jones had always enjoyed writing and even used it in her work to help her patients through a difficult time.
She said: "I always encourage my patients to write as a way of expressing themselves and focusing on something positive."
And Linda, now herself struggling, decided to listen to her own advice.
She said: "It was impossible to hold a pen for more than a few minutes but I could tap away at a keyboard.
And I could even do this when confined to my bed on a bad day."
Mrs Jones continued to do just that throughout the next two years.
"I started to dream of becoming an author but never imagined it would actually happen."
But the self-taught Mrs Jones penned her debut novel which has been picked up by independent publishers The Writing Hall, based in Yorkshire.
She said: "My arthritis meant all my joints had swollen up so I had very little confidence but knowing that someone believed in my book, was the first step back into believing in myself."
With medication, little exertion and less wear and tear on her body, Mrs Jones' condition gradually improved. It still controlled whether she had a ’good day’ or a ‘bad day’, but focusing on her writing meant she saw beyond her restrictions, and it helped her to fight against the depression that threatened to take over.
Her first novel, A Fistful of Feathers, is in a trilogy for children aged 9-12 years, went a long way to saving her sanity.
Mrs Jones added: “When I was forced to give up nursing I felt my life was going backwards, and at speed. Now I see that it was simply changing course.
“I never dreamt I’d be able to make writing my career, and I truly appreciate all the help and support the medical staff, my family, and my friends, have given me to get me here.”
Mrs Jones will be sharing her story with pupils at Ackworth Howard School at the end of the month.
Copies of ‘A Fistful of Feathers’ can be purchased via www.thewritinghall.co.uk.
For press enquiries:
Contact: Author, Linda Jones – 07907 905114; firstname.lastname@example.org
Publisher: The Writing Hall – 0800 978 8314; email@example.com.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Author Linda Jones: Biography
Linda was diagnosed with inflammatory response arthritis, a condition caused by a suppressed immune system. This affected her joints, causing them to swell; the ensuing pain, particularly in her hands and feet, meant even the smallest tasks were difficult to carry out. Though she struggled on, working as a senior psychiatric nurse in elderly care, for a little while following her diagnosis, Linda was eventually forced to give up work - her condition aggravated by the job she loved.
A Fistful of Feathers: Biography
Jo, part of an illegal experiment that could cost him his life, goes on the run, so the sinister Dr Bowden can’t perform the ‘final examination’ – no one has ever survived that experience. Jo eventually finds safety amongst a group of people who don’t see him as a freak.
But Bowden’s men are lurking; Jo has to make a choice: submit and be hauled back to the clinic, or expose his secret to save them all, and risk losing the only friends he’s ever had.”
An old-fashioned, rip-roaring adventure perfect for 9-12 year-olds, ‘A Fistful of Feathers’ is the first in ‘The Fraser Chronicles’ – a new trilogy of children’s fiction featuring a plethora of heroic, engaging characters, who just happen to be fighting for their lives.
Particularly suitable for young readers with a thirst for more challenging stories, the book is truly an immersive read. Harry Potter has had his day and it’s time for a new family of characters – step forward Dan, Lucy, Zoe, Sarah, Ade and Paul…a good-natured bunch with a huge passion for martial arts.
The debut novel by author Linda Jones, from Ackworth, West Yorkshire, ‘A Fistful of Feathers’ has already exceeded predicted sales targets and also received fantastic feedback across the main platforms.
Not every child wants stories based on our bodily functions; some hanker after traditional, well-written, vivid storylines that transport and excite the reader. ‘A Fistful of Feathers’ is exactly that book.