Who are we?
Jigsaw (South East) offers grief support to children and young people who have experienced the death of a significant family member through illness, accident, suicide or murder. We also provide support to children and young people who have a family member with a life-limiting condition.
The charity works throughout Surrey and surrounding areas. Referrals can be made directly by families or via health and social services.
I joined Jigsaw in November 2020. I am also Chief Executive of the Anglian Community Enterprise, a community enterprise based in East Anglia, where I am responsible for the strategy of the organisation of both service and fundraising.
I have spent many years within the NHS in a variety of locations, and I am a Trustee of two charities, Mind Brighton and Hove and the Sussex Cancer Fund.
I am a keen volunteer and I live in Hove. I’m delighted to join such an inspiring team and looking forward to being part of a wonderful organisation that supports so many young people when they need it most.
I joined the Jigsaw team in 2015 as their Business Development Manager, having spent many years in different volunteer and fundraising roles working with children and young people. I have over ten years of experience as a governor in two different schools.
Before my career change into voluntary and charity work, I enjoyed a management career with BAA, the airports’ company, working in many roles and locations. This gave me a wide range of experience which has been of huge benefit to my role within the charity – from grant applications to presentations about our valuable work.
Several years ago I saw first-hand the amazing support that Jigsaw can offer following the death of a lovely friend, a young mother, at a young age. Since then in my role, I have seen the impact of the work that we do. I am constantly looking at ways to grow our income streams so that more families can benefit.
I have two teenage children and live local to the office. Outside Jigsaw, I love travel and languages.
I joined the Jigsaw team at the beginning of 2018 as the Family Support Team Manager, having worked in the NHS as a Nurse and Midwife for 18 years. As a midwife, I worked in community settings and provided caseload care. This gave me the privileged opportunity to work with families during a significant life event, which is usually one of joy and excitement, but when it isn’t, the impact on the whole family could be devastating. Having someone to support and guide you through such times makes an enormous difference, and working with our fabulous teams and being part of such a valuable service is a huge honour.
I joined the wonderful Jigsaw team in 2017, and I oversee the charity’s community fundraising and donations. My role is to develop and support local community fundraising to enable Jigsaw to continue its vital work with children and their families. From cheering on our marathon runners, organising community collections, running quiz nights and hosting virtual events, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and supporting the most incredible individuals and groups whose fundraising efforts make a huge difference to children at such a devastating time in their lives.
Before working at Jigsaw I was a Project Officer in the Short Breaks for Disabled Children’s team at Surrey County Council, where I commissioned services for disabled children, young people and their families. When I am not working I enjoy spending time outdoors with my young children who inspire me to do my very best to help Jigsaw have the funds they need to support every child that needs them.
I have been working with young children and their families for the past 16 years and I am about to start a new role at a local school as an SEN/Welfare teaching assistant, supporting children with complex needs.
I joined Jigsaw in 2018 on the fundraising team supporting this amazing charity to continue its vital work with children and their families who are faced with the loss of a loved one.
I joined Jigsaw in March 2014 and am involved in the administration of our training programme. As well as working for the charity, I am a qualified swimming instructor, teaching more than 100 children to swim every week. I am very involved in Crawley Swimming Club and volunteer as their Welfare Officer.
Before starting a family, I worked in recruitment and have worked for several high-street agencies as well as internally for Virgin Atlantic Airways.
In 1998, I resigned from my post as a corporate finance manager, in the City of London, in order to study for a master’s degree in charity finance. Upon graduation I completed three projects for the HM Prison service and the Youth Justice Board. These concerned young peoples’ welfare, substance misuse and resettlement after release. In 2007, I joined the Archway Project (a children’s charity in south east London) as CEO. With local government cutbacks, a necessary part of my role became fundraising.
After over ten years in post, I acknowledged that a twice daily commute around the M25 was not the best way to start and end the working day. I joined Jigsaw in November 2019, in order to help with their fundraising effort.
I joined Jigsaw as a volunteer in April 2015 and became a permanent member of the administration department later that year. I started in the role as Volunteer and Service Co-ordinator in 2019. Prior to joining the Jigsaw team I had taken an extended break from my career as a legal assistant to look after my two young boys.
I joined Jigsaw in 2009 as a volunteer and in 2012 joined the team as a Grief Support Worker; prior to that I worked within the corporate world. Throughout my career I have supported both diverse teams and clients and feel privileged to be able to use skills gained in both the private and voluntary sector supporting those in need through life changing events.
Prior to joining Jigsaw in April 2018, I had spent more than ten years teaching in a variety of schools, working with children from a range of ages and backgrounds. I have also worked as a teaching assistant, providing one-to-one support to children with additional needs, as well as being a ‘camp coordinator’ at several kids’ summer camps.
Jigsaw has given me the opportunity to combine my passion for working with children with my long-term interest in counselling and therapy (which I studied at University) and I am delighted to have joined such an experienced team of professionals, providing vital support to young people and their families at a time when they need it most.
For the past 12 years, I have worked as a Dramatherapist in the charity and education sectors, as well as privately with young people and their families. I have also enjoyed running workshops for parents on child development and for staff, on therapeutic approaches to working with children.
I feel fortunate to have joined the Jigsaw (South East) team and to be working alongside so many committed and experienced colleagues.
I have worked with children and families for over 20 years in both statutory and voluntary sectors this included working for the Family Welfare Association, Surrey Young Carers, Surrey County Council and a residential assessment centre for families.
For the past six years I have worked in three primary schools in Surrey as a Home School Link Worker supporting families and providing individual and group support for children. I’m very excited to work for Jigsaw (South East) and to be back in the voluntary sector.
I have been working as a play therapist since qualifying in 2011 and I have worked in schools as well as with charities and private clients. I have 20 years of experience working with children and their families, both as a volunteer and as an employee. At Jigsaw (South East) I support local families through the bereavement process.
I joined Jigsaw in June 2016. I am a qualified social worker specialising in children, families and child mental health. I have many years of experience working with children and their families in their own homes, family centres, hospitals and schools.
After a break to raise my own children, I entered the education sector, first as a teaching assistant and then as a qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA). This is where I first came across Jigsaw (South East) and I am very pleased to now be a part of this dedicated team offering professional, specialised and flexible support to children and young people, their families and other professionals. I am also excited to be back working in the voluntary sector, for such a great charity.
I joined the Jigsaw team in September 2020, having worked in Education for the last 16 years. During my career, I have been a class teacher, a health and wellbeing advisor, a special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) and most recently I began training to become a certified play therapist with Play Therapy UK.
Outside of work, I’m busy looking after my two young children. I am lucky to live on the coast and spend lots of time outdoors by the sea.