driver youth trust
The Driver Youth Trust is a charity dedicated to improving the life chances of children and young people with a focus on those who struggle with literacy, particularly children with dyslexia. Notdeadfish works with the organisation's co-founder, Sarah Driver, to support its mission and growth.
The Driver Youth Trust was founded by Sarah after stumbling upon dyslexia when she married husband Mark and they had four children together. Sarah very rapidly moved from not really believing in dyslexia to becoming a committed campaigner for improving the chances of young people with special educational needs (SEN), and particularly dyslexia.
DYT's aim is to ensure all children with dyslexia are identified and supported from an early age so that their difficulties are not a barrier to their learning and they are given the self confidence they need to succeed in whatever they set out to do.
DYT works in partnership with other organisations to help children to access education, build their confidence and realise their goals. It commissions research and campaign for policy change so that all children, including those with dyslexia, get the right support to learn to read and write and reach their full potential.
The notdeadfish team also supports Drive for Literacy, which DYT launched in partnership with Ark Schools. This is a programme that gives teachers a better understanding of how they can help pupils who struggle with literacy and may be dyslexic. The programme gives them the skill set to make the necessary adjustments to meet the needs of these pupils. DYT also hosts the national Dyslexia SpLD Trust.