We did it
On 7th October 2020 we successfully raised £3,000 ( + est. £68.00 Gift Aid ) with 44 supporters in 42 days

For children with and without additional needs to work and learn together while developing a passion for volunteering and helping others!

by JIGSAW Thornbury in Thornbury, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

The extra funding would allow us to extend the scheme to even more young people who need our support. We currently have a waiting list of young people wanting to join this scheme as our reputation is improving. We now support over 500 families but currently only able to support around  30 young people. We would like to increase the size of this service.

1596586214_wellbeing_juniors.jpgJIGSAW stands for Joining In, Gaining Support, Awareness and Wellbeing and this is the ethos that we follow through out the organisation and very much includes the young volunteers scheme.

The Young Volunteer scheme developed when we noticed that some young people 1596586902_litterpick_juniors.jpgstruggled when coming along to our events as they didn't necessarily know what they should be doing or struggled with the social aspect of the sessions. We found if we gave them something to do then they started relaxing and enjoying it more and it boasted their self-esteem.

We have now developed a scheme where the young people can work towards different levels of awards following a progressive learning programme which recognises individuals  wider achievements and promotes regular physical activity (Get Active, Stay Active), exploring new interests, working for the good of the community or the environment  and taking part in outdoor activity. These are all things which are recognised as improving young peoples wellbeing.

T1596587184_1596587184080.pnghe scheme has been recognised as being unique when we were awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for voluntary organisations in 2018.

They have developed an invaluable role as advocates for the organisation and help guide our services. They are a fantastic resource regularly carrying out fundraising activities for us, running the cafe in our sensory lending library and helping us produce content for our recent adaptation to digital services.  



During the current crisis they have all worked hard carrying out their own 2.6 challenges 1596587487_1596587485095.pngwhich have included 9 year old Harry cycling 2.6 km every day for 7 days and raising us an amazing £1,600. Our other volunteers have carried out activities such 26 cartwheels round the garden, making 26 frogs, walking 2.6miles with 3 legs and spending 26 hrs in a campervan, raising us a further £1,100!

We currently support ages 5-11 and 12-15, but don't currently have funding or resources for the 15-20 age group. We would really like to extend this service, but we are currently struggling to find funding for this so we really need your help to raise the funds needed to extend this service of our young people, making space for a new generation of volunteers, and continuing to support our young people who have outgrown the current scheme! 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1,000 or more

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Acknowledgement in all our publicity for scheme

This would allow us to completely set up the Youth volunteers funding which we currently don't have any funding for. You would be acknowledged in all our publicity about this scheme and on our website. You would also receive regular updates on how the young people are getting along and the difference being made.

£10 or more

Thank you letter

This would allow us to enrol one child on an accredited award scheme. A thank you letter from the JIGSAW Team. This will enable 1 young person to take part in the JASS Award scheme.

£25 or more

Personalised thank you from a young volunteer

A personalised thank you from a young person benefiting from this scheme. This would purchase a t-shirt, a bag and the resources for one young person enrolled on the youth volunteers scheme.

£50 or more

JIGSAW Thornbury Shopper

Thank you letter, JIGSAW Thornbury Shopper. This donation would allow us to run one after school activity for one section of the young volunteers scheme.

£75 or more

JIGSAW Thornbury Shopper & website mention

A JIGSAW Thornbury Shopper, website mention and personalised thank you letter. This donation could provide all the funding needed to resource 10 sessions for all 3 sections of the Young Volunteers scheme.

£500 or more

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Mention on our website and invite to awards event.

This donation would fund an awards ceremony and silent disco at the end of the year for all our superb Young Volunteers. As a thank you we would invite you to present one of the awards and meet some of our young people.

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