Jigsaw Trust is committed to raising awareness of autism and to providing facilities, services and resources for the education, integration, guidance, assessment, outreach and support of people affected by autism.
Jigsaw was founded on the principle of excellence through continual learning and aspires to provide the highest quality of education and lifelong learning possible; to accelerate learning and the ability to learn in new ways as well as acquiring the skills to learn independently through behavioural methods.
A registered charity, the Jigsaw Trust was established in 1999 by a group of parents of children diagnosed with autism. In the same year it raised enough funds to set up the Jigsaw CABAS School, opening its doors to six children. Today the school has provision for up to 60 pupils, aged 4 to 19 years.
In 2012, the Trust opened JigsawPlus Centre for Lifelong Learning offering an adult services and social enterprise provision supporting individuals over the age of 18 years with autism, continuing the same highly successful behavioural approach to enable clients to function more independently and create opportunities for them to take part in all aspects of community life and employment opportunities. Clients are supported to help manage anxiety, anger and other behavioural issues and to access a broad range of social and leisure activities.
Additionally, the Trust has been operating a Social Enterprise; “Café on the Park”, offering a café and catering service to tenants and visitors to Dunsfold Park as well as providing a unique environment in which JigsawPlus clients can undertake a wide variety of work experience tasks within a safe and supportive environment. For details of this service and the Centre for Lifelong Learning, please call: 01483 277366 or email [email protected]
The Trust actively fundraises to support its strategic growth and development. Trust-wide fundraising news and events can be found on our Fundraising pages.
We are incredibly fortunate to have the support of our long-standing Patron, Kim Robson (Presenter and Programme Manager at Eagle Radio). Kim has been a part of the Jigsaw journey for a number of years and has not only co-ordinated many, many fundraising and volunteer activities on our behalf but has also taken part in some extreme fundraising events too. Her last madcap challenge for Jigsaw was an arduous 100 miles bike ride around Dunsfold Park…whilst broadcasting her show across the Eagle airwaves!! We regularly see Kim when she pops into the School for a quick catch up and we are very grateful for her support.
Here is Kim getting ready for her Track 100 cycle challenge!!