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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.

Cat Sotomayor-Robbins

Service Development Manager

I am excited to be joining the Jigsaw team as Service Development Manager. I am passionate about supporting children and young people and I have prior experience in the Charity and Education sectors.

I have a PhD in Psychology and am trained as a Play Therapist, so I am keen to promote positive child developmental outcomes. I believe in the important work that Jigsaw does to help children after the death of someone close to them. I have had previous experience of monitoring and evaluating different face to face and online services for children and families and am looking forward to working with Jigsaw.

Marie McKenzie

Finance and Resources Manager
I’ve been working in finance for 23 years in the security industry and I joined Jigsaw in May 2020, as the Finance and Resources Manager. Before my finance career,  I worked as a carer for the Alzheimer’s Society providing respite and support to families.
Although this is my first charity role, I’ve volunteered for many fundraisers over the years and had fun falling out of aeroplanes, abseiling from buildings and taking part in a variety of running and walking events.
Jigsaw is a great charity with a fabulous team and I’m very proud to be a part of it.

Janice Hoad

Grants Manager

Prior to joining Jigsaw in July 2021, I worked in the voluntary sector for 24 years – running two local charities, including securing funding for their activities, and in more recent years focusing on Charitable Trust and major donor fundraising. My previous charity sector work has been around visually impaired people, homeless and at-risk young people and, most recently, disabled children and young people. I am so pleased to have joined the enthusiastic and dedicated Jigsaw South East team.

Sally Ross

Fundraising Manager
I was very excited to join Jigsaw South East as the Fundraising Manager in 2023.  Before joining Jigsaw I worked historically in retail management and then most recently within the charity sector as a parent support worker, often for families who had experienced a bereavement.  I have also enjoyed running local events both commercially and for charity, for the past ten years, I am not easily flustered which is always important for an event day!
In my down time I love taking on and training for a challenge, with the London Marathon 23 being a highlight!  If you feel you want to take on a challenge or run a fundraising event for Jigsaw please get in touch with me, I am happy to support you every step of the way.

Ally Carnie

Support Team Manager

I joined the Jigsaw team at the beginning of 2022 as the Support Team Manager. My career background has focused on working with children, young people, and families in the charity and public sector, both here and abroad.

Outside of work I am a busy mum to identical twin boys who I love exploring with and supporting them in all their interests and activities. I am also Chair of their schools Parents Association and so enjoy organising and running regular fundraising events.

I feel honoured to have joined the team and being part of such a valuable service.

Caroline Edwards

Communications & Media Manager

I joined the Jigsaw team in January 2022 as their Communications and Media Manager. 

Prior to this role, I worked in the Marketing industry for almost two decades predominantly in the education and hospitality sectors. Whilst I’m new the the Charity sector, the experience and knowledge I’ve gained throughout my career will be hugely beneficial to me in my new role. 

My aim is to raise awareness of this amazing charity and the incredible work they do and to support the growth of income streams. I’m delighted to be joining such an inspiring and passionate team and to be part of an organisation that supports children and their families at such a difficult time in their lives. 

I live locally with my husband and son. Outside of work you’ll find me on long dog walks with the family, exploring the countryside and probably taking far too many photographs. 

Sarah Cripps

Jigsaw Support Worker - Grief team

I joined Jigsaw in 2021 and feel privileged to join such a dedicated team.

Children and family’s wellbeing has been a core value throughout my career, working in fostering and home care and currently as a teaching assistant in a secondary school, which will run alongside my role here at Jigsaw.

Outside of work I am a busy parent of three secondary school aged children.

I am looking forward to being able to support families as they navigate their way after the loss of a loved one.

Mandy Cowell

I joined Jigsaw in November 2021. Since qualifying 7 years ago as an Art Psychotherapist I have worked in schools helping students and groups of all ages process their emotions through making art. I have also worked as Specialist Mental Health Mentor given support and guidance to students at universities.

In my own time I enjoy baking and gardening, during the lockdowns I reinvented my garden and started a small vegetable patch. I also enjoy painting flowers and portraits.

I am very grateful to be able to have the opportunity to support children and families through their grief within the Jigsaw (South East) team.

John Milton

Grants Co-ordinator

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.

Sarah Dodson

Service and Volunteer Co-ordinator

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.

Katie Taylor

Jigsaw Support Worker - Grief Team

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.

Sharon Wright

Jigsaw Support Worker - Grief Team
Initially, I became a volunteer for Jigsaw in 2016; supporting the family groups. However, for the past fifteen years I have worked in a Primary School as a Teaching Assistant and in 2017 became a qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA.)
I feel privileged to be given this opportunity to join the Jigsaw team, helping and supporting families experiencing grief; knowing the difference it can make.

Amanda Beaton

Jigsaw Support Worker

I joined Jigsaw in January 2023. Prior to joining Jigsaw, I worked in a primary school as a Learning Support Assistant and an Emotional Literacy Support (ELSA). In previous roles I have been fortunate to hold various roles travelling and overseas.

Outside of work you will find me spending time with my son and we can normally be found outdoors exploring, swimming or having an adventure somewhere.

I feel extremely fortunate to be part of an amazing team and be able to support families and young people at such a time where they need it most.

Sarah O'Brien

Sarah O’Brien

Jigsaw Support Worker
I started at Jigsaw in 2023 after 20 years working in children and youth work. I have worked in both the community and charity sector, offering support to children and young people from the ages of 5 – 25, from a variety of backgrounds, helping to equip them with the knowledge and skills to navigate life’s challenges.
In my free time I am often seen running around after my two primary school aged boys or enjoying walks as a family and socialising with friends.
I feel very privileged to be part of the Jigsaw team.
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