Welcome to our website

Our research shows that

  • more than 50% of prisoners have dyslexia-related learning difficulties
  • more than 70% have low levels of literacy

The Cascade Foundation has developed innovative new ways to teach and support offenders, ex-offenders and young people with dyslexia or other learning difficulties.

Find out more about us, our projects and our inspirational Success Stories.



The Cascade Foundation is a registered charity, launched in 2013 at the Houses of Parliament, with a key speech given by the Right Hon. Sec. of State for Justice, Chris Grayling MP, who congratulated our Founder and CEO, Jackie Hewitt-Main for all the great work she had done in her previous prison, decimating the reoffending rate and transforming the lives of so many ex-offenders and their families.


 The launch of The Cascade Foundation in the Houses of Parliament

Left to right: Lord Addington (Patron), Jackie Hewitt-Main (Founder/CEO),
Rt Hon Sec of State Chris Grayling MP, Rebecca Harris MP (Patron),
Richard Main (Trustee), Jacquie Buttriss (Chair) 

Since our launch, we have been running a successful project inside Doncaster Prison which has met with considerable praise. As the outgoing Governor wrote:

“Like a breath of fresh air to the prison … The potential for sustained and often life-changing results for prisoners going through this programme cannot be underestimated … The potential for good that this programme can deliver is not only worth investing in, but embracing as part of the DNA of our prison.”

John Biggin OBE

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