Recruiting call from Hitchin charity: ‘We need more help to support teen sufferers’

The Foundation runs a helpline from its Hitchin HQ.

The Foundation runs a helpline from its Hitchin HQ. - Credit: Archant

A Hitchin-based charity which is the only one in the UK dedicated to championing the cause of dyspraxia sufferers is aiming to recruit more helpers.

Dyspraxia, also known as developmental co-ordination disorder, is a condition affecting physical co-ordination that causes a child to perform less well than expected for his or her age in daily activities, and appear to move clumsily.

Dyspraxia Awareness Week starts on Sunday, and the Dyspraxia Foundation, which has its offices in West Alley, is launching a national campaign to highlight the way the condition affects teenagers.

Frequently falling over, difficulty walking up and down stairs, poor hand to eye co-ordination, difficulty getting dressed and illegible handwriting are just some of the telltale signs which might indicate a problem.

But according to the Foundation it’s the emotional aspects that hit teenagers and young adults hardest.

The charity, which also runs a helpline from its Hitchin base, has commissioned a survey to highlight the problem, the results of which will be published next week.

And a volunteer recruitment day is being organised at the town’s Sun Hotel next Tuesday, October 14.

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Staff will be in the Cromwell Bar at the Sun Street hotel from 10am to 1pm.

A spokesman said: “We have volunteering opportunities available in all aspects of office and administration work, and also within the helpine answering emails and phone calls.”

Find out more by calling Lisa McCarthy on 01462 454986 or email