Jigsaw Trust’s Integrated Model for Lifelong Learning
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 UK 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 68 pupils, aged 4 to 19 years.
In 2012, the Trust opened JigsawPlus offering specialist day services for adults with autism. JigsawPlus is based in the Centre for Lifelong Learning and offers community-focused learning and support services as well as providing vocational opportunities through a range of in-house Enterprises.
The Trust also operates Jigsaw’s Café on the Park as a Social Enterprise. This enterprise offers a typical café and catering service to tenants on Dunsfold Park as well as providing a unique environment in which the adults supported by JigsawPlus can undertake a wide variety of work experience tasks within a safe and supportive environment.
Future ‘wrap around’ support services, including Respite Care, Domiciliary Care, Independent Living and Housing, are all written into Jigsaw Trust’s long term strategic development plan. Training, research and staff expertise within the fields of autism and ABA underpin all the services offered by Jigsaw ensuring the delivery of excellence to all our learners and their families. This is all summed up in the Integrated Model for Lifelong Learning (image above).
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. A recent 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 Jigsaw for a quick catch up and we are very grateful for her support.
Here is Kim outside JigsawPlus’ new Centre for Lifelong Learning.