In 2015, Jigsaw embarked on a two-phase capital campaign to raise a target of £561,000 for a larger building to accommodate its JigsawPlus post-18 provision for adults with autism.
This expanded Centre for Lifelong Learning will enable JigsawPlus to offer a broader range of integrated, community-focused services and provide the necessary space for a greater number of clients to access and benefit from these services.
A new building of 11,500 sq.ft was identified on the current site of Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh, Surrey and thanks to the generous support from a number of major Foundations, Trusts and donors, the Phase 1 target of £320,000 has been met. This covers the initial build and we are now actively fundraising for Phase 2 of the project – the equipment, furniture and facilities for the specialised rooms and social spaces.
Full campaign documentation can also be downloaded here, including a brief overview and a more detailed room-by-room breakdown of the Centre:
The Centre will be a hub for Jigsaw’s integrated model of lifelong learning, social enterprise and additional ‘wrap around’ support services. Services available through JigsawPlus are all designed to encourage social, communication and independent living skills, to extend the range of experiences available, to enhance self-esteem and offer greater understanding of the environment. All of this will be underpinned by Jigsaw’s core focus of continuous learning, increased independence and positive social inclusion and will be delivered by specialist, trained support staff. In addition, training and information services will be available, offering advice and education to the wider community.
Whilst Autism is a serious condition, given the right support it need not prevent people from enjoying a full and active life in the community.
Jigsaw is committed to continuing to support individuals with autism and their families in line with the Government’s Strategy for Adults with Autism in England (2010) and the Valuing People Now (2009) Policy. These initiatives place a strong emphasis on the need to support adults with autism to live ‘fulfilling and rewarding lives’.
If you have any questions about the project or how you can help, please do contact Steven Morgan, Fundraising Dept, on T: 01483 273874 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for helping make this a reality!