A DYSLEXIC woman from Daventry is proving her learning disability does not have to be an obstacle to success by helping others.
Pam Tomalin is always striving for a new challenge and currently volunteers for 11 different organisations and charities.
As part of National Dyslexia Awareness Week, Pam visited Daventry Library raising the profile of dyslexia and offering advice and information.
Mrs Tomalin, of Norton Road, said: “I was in the library to talk to people who either have dyslexia or just want more information about it.
“The common perception is that it causes a problem with writing and reading but that’s not always the case and it isn’t the case for me.”
Mrs Tomalin says it is her ability to process information that is the greatest challenge, something which went unnoticed until she was in her 60s.
She said: “No one noticed while I was at school and I left at 15 thinking I was as thick as two short planks.
“But I wasn’t and it was just the way I absorbed information that I needed to think about. It was about finding my own way around it and my own way of learning.”
Mrs Tomalin realised she had dyslexia when she got involved with the Northampton Dyslexia Association (NDA) because her daughter also suffers from it.
She has since gone on to be a trustee and volunteer for the association, one of 11 voluntary groups she is involved with.
Over the years she has also run her own interior design company despite her dyslexia.
She said: “In the field I have noticed dyslexia often knocks people’s confidence and I know it shouldn’t hold anyone back.
“It definitely doesn’t stop people achieving, it just makes it a little more difficult.”
The NDA believes over 68,000 people in Northamptonshire are likely to be dyslexic, with around 18,000 of those being young people.
For more information about dyslexia call Pam on 01327 703626.