The new JigsawPlus ‘Centre for Lifelong Learning’ for adults with autism is on schedule to open early next year to provide an expanded range of education, wellbeing and work experience services. A project update was presented to Jigsaw parents and supporters at an event attended by the Mayors of Waverley and Guildford.
Parents got a valuable insight into sensory processing at a practical workshop run by Jigsaw’s Occupational Therapists, Katy Astles and Tracey Williams. They focused on both understanding and responding to sensory challenges – and offered hands-on activities that brought home some of the issues by testing parents’ own sensory processing.
The weather wasn’t perfect but the cloud cleared and the wind calmed enough for four of our jumpers to complete their 10,000ft skydive! Thanks and well done to Sophie Holding, Jess Pini, Michael Pini and Tim Woodman (who dyed his hair blue for Autism Awareness!). If you ‘d like to have a go, read on!
If you’ve been collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids tokens please send them to Jigsaw! We can swap them for sports goods and cooking equipment. Items start at a few tokens – so every one counts!
Jigsaw’s Horticulture Project is taking a big step forward after our great friends at Ripley Court School visited with a cheque for more than £2,400 from their Ripley’s Got Talent show. The donation means we can now buy a secure shed, providing storage and a workspace area.
Jigsaw classes are queuing up to use the innovative new Musii Multisensory Interactive Inflatable that we were able to buy thanks to the magnificent fundraising by Pat Hill throughout her year as Ladies Captain of Foxbridge Golf Club. We were delighted to welcome Pat back to Jigsaw to see the results of her tireless work.
The Boogie Monsters had Jigsaw rocking when they made a welcome return visit, organised by our great friends at the Music for Autism charity. Singer Nicki and keyboard player Kelly got pupils dancing, clapping along and singing into a microphone, enthusiastically supported by Music for Autism’s founder, John Lubbock.
All the training has paid off for our two intrepid London Marathon runners who have so far raised nearly £2,000 in sponsorship! Ronnie Osment completed the 26.2-mile challenge in five hours and 34 minutes and Andy Griffiths finished in five hours and 51 minutes.
The very first #JigsawJam, in support of World Autism Awareness Month, proved to be a huge success thanks to some great performances from London-based acts, Evelyn Blacklock, We Used To Make Things and Rainbow Cat.
Jigsaw pupils had a nice surprise on their return after Easter – they all got an Easter egg, thanks to the kindness of Eagle Radio listeners. The response by families, individuals and companies to Eagle Radio’s Easter Egg Appeal meant that Jigsaw was just one of many children’s charities to benefit from their generosity.