Jigsaw NI began working as ACORN in 1990, providing a range of activities to its service users, who are adults with varying disabilities including brain injury, sensory impairment and physical disability. Jigsaw NI was founded by the late Fred Williams MBE. Fred had sustained a brain injury several years before, and wanted to help counter the isolation often experienced by people with disabilities and their families. Quite often, our service users have experienced social exclusion and may have spent many years at home with little or no day time activity outside the house. ACORN became Jigsaw NI, a company limited by guarantee with charitable status accorded by the Inland Revenue in February 1999. Jigsaw NI encourages social interaction and new friendships.
Jigsaw NI’s range of activities for its service users are Community Art and Physical Activity classes, including Exercise in the water, Boccia, Fitness/circuits and Swimming. Most service users live in the greater Belfast and North Down area. The activities are held in community venues, such as leisure centres and community centres. We currently have 11 groups running throughout Belfast and 2 groups running in the South Eastern Trust area. The groups in the South Eastern Trust area are solely for adults with acquired brain injuries. Jigsaw NI Belfast groups are made up of 7-14 service users (depending on ability/assistance required) with varying forms of disabilities in each group. Jigsaw NI groups work on a term-time basis - September through to June. See our weekly timetable of activities page to see what activities we offer, where and when.
|Programme Assistant:||Elizabeth Bowman|
|Programme Co-Ordinator:||Margaret Millar|
|Honorary Secretary:||Mairead O'Halloran|
Office 4b, Townsend Enterprise Park,
28 Townsend Street
BT13 2ES, BELFAST
tel: 028 9031 9054
Text Donation – You can donate now by texting “JIGS02” and the amount you wish to donate to 70070 – e.g. Text JIGS02 £5 to 70070. (Donations can also be gift aided if you qualify (ask Jigsaw NI for more details).