Your chance to meet ‘The Dsylexic Entrepreneur’

Ken Lewis OBE – ‘The Dyslexic Entrepreneur’ – is set to share the story of how he overcame dyslexia to become an award-winning businessman and CEO, entrepreneur, author and approved House of Commons motivational business speaker.

The Cascade Foundation will host the event titled ‘The Dyslexic Entrepreneur’ at the Cascade Health & Leaning Hub in Doncaster on Tuesday 30th January 2018 from 11am to 2pm with a buffet lunch for all attendees.

The Cascade Foundation

Ken Lewis OBE aka ‘The Dyslexic Entrepreneur’ at The Cascade Foundation

Ken will share tales of his own unique journey to success and talk about being a member and volunteer of several influential industry boards, including the East of England NHS board and The Cascade Foundation charity itself.

Commenting on the event, Jackie Hewitt-Main, CEO and founder of The Cascade Foundation, said: “I’ve known Ken for many years and he is a huge inspiration to me and many other others. Ken is a real character and an excellent speaker so this promises to be a hugely entertaining and unmissable event for anyone with dyslexia or learning difficulties and their families.”

Don’t miss out, secure your free place today with an RSVP to this email or call Jackie on Tel: 07761 478079.

Jackie awarded an OBE in New Years Honours list!

Jackie Hewitt-Main, founder of The Cascade Foundation, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Jackie Hewitt-Main with Sue Blackburn, Andrew Sheldon and Rebecca Harris MP

Jackie Hewitt-Main with Sue Blackburn, Andrew Sheldon and Rebecca Harris MP

Jackie’s journey to help others started after her son sustained severe head injuries in a car crash and she had to support him to learn to read and write all over again.

She soon realised that the typical ways to address the relearning process within the NHS simply didn’t work for her son so she gave up her job, visited academics and researched different ways of learning. All of this work led to her developing a new, unique approach to help her son.

When her son was well enough, Jackie took him to college every day so he could complete the exams he’d missed at school. At the same time, she visited South East Essex College in Southend and met a lady called Sue Blackburn. Sue immediately recognised Jackie’s learning difficulties and arranged an assessment. Jackie ended up with a statement of special educational needs (SEN) which diagnosed severe dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHA and slight Asperger’s Syndrome.

As a result of her diagnosis, Jackie felt compelled to help others in the same situation so she studied for a degree in SEN and a PGCE qualification. Her dissertation subject was the highly neglected area of ‘Dyslexia in UK prisons’ which ultimately led to the delivery of a variety of learning projects for male prisoners in HMP Chelmsford and, most recently, HMP Doncaster.

Jackie was thrilled to hear she’d been awarded an OBE!

Jackie was thrilled to hear she’d been awarded an OBE!

Jackie was thrilled to hear she’d been awarded an OBE!

At the same time, Jackie founded The Cascade Foundation, a charity that aims to teach, mentor and support people who have dyslexia, dyspraxia, head injury or other learning difficulties. She upped sticks from her home county of Essex and moved to Doncaster and, in the summer of 2017, after two years of searching for the perfect location, she opened The Cascade Foundation Health & Learning Hub on Marshgate right next to HMP Doncaster in the town centre.

The Hub has fast become a place for a wide variety of people of all ages and backgrounds from the local community including ex-prisoners, the long-term unemployed and people struggling to keep a job to meet up and find out more. They all have one thing in common: they are dyslexic and they feel angry, upset, frustrated and misunderstood because of their disability. But Jackie and her growing team of volunteers are on hand to help and are seeing some incredible success stories on a daily basis.

Commenting on her award, Jackie said: “When I opened the letter I had to read it at least twice before I realised what it said, I couldn’t quite believe it and wondered if someone was playing a joke on me!

“Now it’s sunk in, I can’t wait to go to Buckingham Palace and collect the award with my family; it will be such a special day. There is so much more work to do though and I can’t wait for the next stage of the journey and helping even more people with learning difficulties to realise their true potential.”