Meet an Agent of Change
Eurydice runs a community organisation dedicated to making our borough dyslexic-friendly.
Eurydice Caldwell is a dyslexic-friendly life coach who runs GENER8TE, which helps create dyslexic-friendly work environments. She’s also a recent graduate of the Agents of Change leadership programme, which she says has been “transformational”, giving her new skills and community connections to help her projects thrive.
What does your business do?
One in five people in our community are dyslexic. GENER8TE creates working environments which are friendlier for dyslexic people: I am passionate about people fulfilling their talent. Our mission is to make Hammersmith & Fulham the first dyslexic-friendly borough in London. We’ve been working towards that goal since 2013.
I teach people how to make content and ways of working more dyslexic-friendly. I am so passionate about getting this integrated throughout the borough. It would change the face of our community, not just for dyslexic residents and workers but economically and socially. If people can engage in the accessible materials you are sharing, then you have reduced the barriers to them engaging.
I’m dyslexic myself. In 2007, I completed a course which helped me realise that my dyslexia was a strength – it really ‘flipped my script’. The training I deliver now is a consolidation of the skills I have learned.
As well as my work with GENER8TE, I’ve also worked as a dyslexic-friendly life coach in the community since 2013. I’ve helped clients implement strategies to complete their degrees, authors publish their books, and teachers with methods to support dyslexic students in the classroom. It’s those real-life moments when you meet people on the road who say to me: I am now working, or I am studying this.
I currently also work in adult education at a local community centre called Urban Partnership Group at the Masbro Centre – I’m a qualified teacher specialising in special educational needs. I run a dyslexic-friendly IT & Employability course and an English course primarily for people with English as a second language.
Why did you join Agents of Change?
When we started GENER8TE, we began by going to every community event possible but didn’t really gain any traction. I went to the Agents of Change networking events, and I realised this was the place to build contacts in the local community and to upskill myself.
What did you learn?
After joining the Agents of Change leadership programme, I received two training sessions delivered by an in-house trainer once a month. The trainer taught us how to run our business, upskilled us in leadership and provided fundamental training in creating a business, motivating ourselves and helping us and our projects become successful. You also have a designated mentor.
Having been on the leadership programme, I’m in the position to push my business forward. It’s been transformational – I have learnt a lot. There are two unique things about Agents of Change. First, it’s local, so everyone has a relatable experience of living in the area. People may think London is one place, but it’s not. I have lived in different areas of London and it’s different from Hammersmith and Fulham.
The other fact is that we are all women – it feels really important to have this space. It feels like we’re levelling the playing field. I have built friendships and a network of ladies whom I am able to connect with on a local level.
What would you like other community organisations to know about dyslexia?
Harness the strength of your workforce and the one in five people with dyslexia by becoming dyslexic-friendly. You will become more communicative, powerful, and heard. You will become more inclusive as an individual, organisation and community.
What is coming up next?
I am looking to work with bigger businesses. I have just launched training on how we want business to become more dyslexic-friendly and the impact it makes.
Find out more
- Agents of Change is a six-month free accredited community leadership programme based in Hammersmith & Fulham. It is a network for women who have an active interest in making a social change in the north of the Borough. The programme mentors and supports women to overcome barriers in delivering community and social based projects by equipping them with the tools and skills to tackle local issues. It’s delivered in partnership with Imperial College London, Hammersmith United Charities, Lyric Hammersmith, and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.
- If you’re interested in joining the Agents of Change programme and network please find out more here or register here. If you would like to find out more about the Agents of Change Leadership Programme, please contact the Community Engagement Team at email@example.com
- To access Eurydice’s dyslexic-friendly coaching and training contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org