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NEWS AND EVENTS:
19th October: Mud Run!
Famous psychic, and special fundraiser for Jigsaw4u, Sally Morgan is supporting her
daughter and son in law and around 8 of their friends who are doing the 5k Mud Run
(link below to it -
Luisa is 10 years old and accessed the Home School Links project through her Primary school in Merton.
Luisa saw her worker in school every week for a term.
After the sessions finished this is what Luisa had to say…
“Talking to my worker made me feel confident about myself and made me not so upset all the time”.
This is what Luisa’s Mum Lucy had to say…
“Hi I just wanted to write and express my thanks.
My daughter was seeing a Jigsaw worker at her school and I want to tell you the amazing work she done with my daughter, she was going through a very hard time with issues with her father and I can honestly say without the help of her worker I'm not sure what would of happened. She was always there with advice for me as well so I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful women she is and she is excellent at her job.”
Luisa also took part in the Jigsaw4u Art Exhibition this year and she is seen holding her exhibit in the pic.
Home School Links Feedback
September 2013: Mentoring Pilot Project
Jigsaw4u is setting up a mentoring project using volunteers to befriend and support children in Key stage 2, in 3 primary schools in Merton, sited in areas of deprivation. The chosen schools are Lonesome, Bond and Abbotsbury Primary schools, who already have established Home school Links workers.
Each school will be asked to choose 5 children who could benefit from a relationship with an interested adult to act as a positive role model and help the child build their resilience. These might be children that are not reaching their academic potential because it is difficult for their parents to support them with their homework and/or get them to school on time. They are also likely to be the children whose parents are not able to take them to interesting places, so they would benefit from having an occasional outing. The parents would need to agree to their child being referred to the mentoring project and to being seen mainly out of school by a volunteer and also to them being taken to activities.
Jigsaw4u are recruiting volunteers to see these children weekly in term time for
We will be training the volunteers over the summer to equip them to work with the children. We will also offer regular group supervision and individual support where necessary.
At each half term Jigsaw4u will organise a social event or treat for the children and their volunteers, such as a games afternoon, bowling, or a visit to Dean City farm. We will be guided by the wishes of the children. We have a small fund for this but we hope to raise more for these activities.
The Project is a pilot that will run for 2 terms, from September 2013 to April 2014. We will do baseline questionnaires with the schools and the parents and then hope to be in a position to evaluate whether the intervention has made a positive difference to the target children’s level of attainment in school, their attendance, and their emotional well being.
We will be using the information we gain from this pilot to bid for more money to make this a sustainable project which will compliment the work of the Home school Links workers already based in these schools.
Courageous fundraiser Peter Webb recently did the unthinkable and finished his 69 mile run across Hadrian's Wall in just over 16 hours!
He has currently raised over £3000 for Jigsaw4u so we would like to thank him greatly for his amazing achievement, and thank everyone who has sponsored him.
You can still sponsor on his Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/WebbHitsTheWall
“After 16 hours and 6 mins I crossed the finished line after 69 miles (plus an extra ½ they seemed to add on) at 23:06 in Newcastle. The body made it but with the help of a lot of Ibuprofen and mental challenges to keep it going.
This lived up to all that I thought it would. The training alone meant that I pushed my body to it's limit. It was only 3 weeks before the race that I find I have been running in a way which physically did not let me complete the 69 miles.(Knee alignment, long story I will not bore you with). As a result, going into the event with only being able to run 22 miles in one hit meant the challenge just got bigger.
On the day I had great support from Alex (my wife you met at Race Night) at various stages, as well as my Mum and her partner and of course my 2 boys.
This was a great motivator over the miles but as I always said at the beginning, this was a personal challenge as well.
I purposely had my IPOD in my bag but did the race without any music, I had to keep
running when I was in pain for miles 50-
I am so pleased to have raised over £3000 for the charity. I have found by working for a charity that covers a lot of topics and areas of support I could have personally benefitted from when younger has given me a great sense of achievement. The fact that through the support and great work of your team that others in my earlier position will become stronger is very rewarding.”
9th June 2013: Steve McGowan runs St. Albans Half Marathon for Jigsaw4u.
Steve raised £835.75 for Jigsaw, thank you Steve!
Steve McGowan (husband of Helen our volunteer) is running the St Albans Half Marathon to raise money for Jigsaw4u. From Steve:
“So I've recovered my trainers from the cupboard where they were thrown in despair after my last 16 mile, wobbly legged, run in 2008, and I am ready to hit the streets again!
What's driven me to this drastic measure?
Well I am running in support of a fantastic charity called Jigsaw4u. This is a charity working to support children and young people through trauma, loss and bereavement. It brings together children and young people who feel alone and different, so that by sharing their experiences they can develop the tools to move forward in their lives. The organisation is run by a fantastic group of dedicated volunteers who will really appreciate any help you can give.
So dig deep and if nothing else you get to reflect on the amount of pain you are paying to put me through. :)” Good luck Steve!
To sponsor Steve please go to www.justgiving.com/Steve-