Jigsaw has reached its 18th birthday! The Trust was established on September 14th 1999 by the parents of six children with autism, who wanted to follow the ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) approach. It has grown 10-fold since then and extended into adult services through JigsawPlus.
A guaranteed place in the Virgin Money London Marathon is on offer from Jigsaw for one lucky runner who can commit to raising at least £2,000. The closing date for applications for the Jigsaw place is Friday October 13th.
Jigsaw pupils are now enjoying the benefits of yoga and dance – thanks to our very own School Receptionist, Mark Davies, an experienced instructor in these disciplines. As well as broadening students’ experience and confidence, yoga in particular promotes calm and self-control.
The 10k Jigsaw Run 2017 is now just a little over two months away. This fast, flat run round the airfield at Dunsfold Business Park is on Sunday November 26th at 10.30am. This is the sixth year of the event, which has grown every year to almost 400 entrants in 2016.
JigsawPlus has launched a fun Buy-A-Brick approach to raising funds for the imaginative and inspiring new Centre for Lifelong Learning for adults with autism, offering brick keyrings and other goodies for different levels of donation.
The Junior Captain of Cranleigh Golf and Country Club has chosen Jigsaw as his adopted charity – and has already raised £325 from his first event. Fourteen-year-old Leo Wilson organised a golf day, sponsored by local estate agent Roger Coupe, which will enable us to buy some new bikes for our playgrounds.
It’s been great to see pupils and staff returning so refreshed for a new year at Jigsaw this week – and exciting to welcome new students and teachers! A few pupils will be joining later this month, taking the total to 60.
A Charity Bike Challenge has rounded off two years of magnificent support for Jigsaw from Squire’s Garden Centre in Milford, which has ranged from collection boxes to work experience and staff dressing in blue for World Autism Awareness Day.
Jigsaw invites parents, carers and interested parties supporting children diagnosed with autism and/or associated learning difficulties to an information event on the “Transition to Adulthood” on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 at Hilton Hotel, Cobham in Surrey (7-9pm).
Jigsaw School’s Sports Afternoon in the last week of term enjoyed both great weather and great support from parents. It was lovely to see so many of our parents encouraging all their children!