“At the Centre we approach dyslexia in a holistic way - helping the person as a whole and not just some of the 'educational' aspects they may  
want to improve upon - this is very different to other learning environments and it works well. Nothing has enriched my life nor my 
professional practice as much as the people I work with. It is a privilege to be involved in this work.”  
Debbie Farnfield, co-founder, former manager and chair of trustees. 

What do we do? 

The Adult Dyslexia Centre has been supporting dyslexic adults in the Thames Valley since 2003 from its base in Maidenhead, Berkshire. We support dyslexic adults by advising, developing skills and confidence and thus connecting them to further opportunities. We support over 300 people each year. 
 

What makes us different? 

We provide services to adults at low or subsidised cost so that lack of funds is not a barrier to accessing our services. The people we support are often unemployed, on low income or have missed out on education, so we aim to give them the skills and confidence to find better opportunities at work and in education. 
 
We are a social enterprise and all our income from our commercial services (assessments, teacher and parents courses, awareness training) is used to help fund our primary purpose: to support adults disadvantaged by dyslexia. 
We offer dyslexic adults:  
Information about dyslexia - this includes free dyslexia screening and an initial information session 
An understanding of their dyslexia 
Improved confidence 
Improved literacy, numeracy and IT skills 
The centre also provides:  
Assessments for children as well as adults 
Support and courses for parents of dyslexic children 
Courses for teachers of dyslexic learners 
Information for employers and trainers on how they can help dyslexic employees 
Dyslexia Awareness Training and consultancy services for employers and organisations 
Since November 2005 the Adult Dyslexia Centre has been accredited with the Matrix Standard.  
Matrix is the national quality standard for any organisation that delivers information, advice and guidance. 
Read our Statement of Service: 

Who we are... 

The Adult Dyslexia Centre was opened in September 2003 by Debbie Farnfield, a tutor of adults with dyslexia, and Sue Penton-Voak, active in the local One to One club which her daughter attended. They both felt that there is very little support for adults with dyslexia and so the aim of the centre has always been to boost confidence, develop skills and improve the individual’s understanding of their dyslexia. 
 
The Centre’s staff members are a dedicated team of professional tutors and assessors, led by the manager,  
Sara Thomassen. 
They are supported by the board of trustees and a team of volunteers. 
Manager, Assessor and Course Tutor 
Sara Thomassen 
Sara has been manager of the Centre since August 2016. Sara was born in the US, and moved to the UK 20 years ago. She is married with two children. 
 
She became interested in dyslexia when attending her dyslexic daughter’s 1:1 lessons, and during that time gained the qualifications to become a tutor. Sara has taught pupils privately as well as having been a SENCo in an independent primary school. She is a fully qualified specialist teacher and assessor. 
 
She is the tutor for our Teachers’ and Parents’ courses. 
Sara Thomassen 
Sara has been manager of the Centre since August 2016. Sara was born in the US, and moved to the UK 20 years ago. She is married with two children. 
 
She became interested in dyslexia when attending her dyslexic daughter’s 1:1 lessons, and during that time gained the qualifications to become a tutor. Sara has taught pupils privately as well as having been a SENCo in an independent primary school. She is a fully qualified specialist teacher and assessor. 
 
She is the tutor for our Teachers’ and Parents’ courses. 
Trustees 
Debbie Farnfield 
Sue Penton-Voak 
Debbie Farnfield 
Sue Penton-Voak 
Sue Penton - Voak 
Assessors & Tutors 
Barbara Ratcliffe 
Christine Clarkson 
Diana Hudson 
Jeanette Benbow 
Jill Trussell 
Judith Campbell 
Karen Quantrill 
Lesley Alfred 
Lynn Bradley 
Tracy Calleran 
Barbara Ratcliffe 
Christine Clarkson 
Diana Hudson 
Jeanette Benbow 
Jill Trussell 
Judith Campbell 
Karen Quantrill 
Lesley Alfred 
Lynn Bradley 
Tracy Calleran 
“Amazing staff make your centre what it is. Recommend to all.”