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We teach, mentor and support people who have Dyslexia, head-injury or other learning difficulties.  We also train volunteers to be mentors and Learning Coaches. 

Our research shows that

  • more than 50% of prisoners and unemployed people in the community have Dyslexia or similar learning difficulties.  This also includes:
  • army veterans 50%
  • more than 70% have low levels of literacy
  • youth offenders 80%

The Cascade Foundation has developed an innovative, multi-sensory approach to teach and support people with dyslexia, head-injury or other learning difficulties.  Some of our learners may also have mental health issues or other  problems.  Our learners make swift progress using these methods, which also reduce frustration and aggression and dramatically reduce re-offending as well as increasing employment prospects and transforming lives.

We have projects both in prisons and in the community, for offenders, ex-offenders and community learners.

Community Learners 12 2015

Community learners with their Achievement Awards

We have Mentors and Learning Coaches to help and support people to learn on any of our specially designed programmes, such as personal and social development, literacy, life-skills and preparation for employment.  We can also provide supported accommodation in our Transition House.

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

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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

We have also run a Post-Release project in Doncaster, a Community Learning project in Doncaster and a Transition House nearby.  We are currently entirely focussed on Doncaster and its immediate surroundings, an area of high deprivation.   and we are planning new Community Learning projects in the coming year.

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