Our organisation history

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.

Our activities

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.

Read Our Mission

Recognised as a Charity by HMRC (XR 29513)

Limited Company Registered in Northern Ireland No. NI035612

Registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland  NIC100074

Staff Members

Manager: Clare McQuiston
Programme Assistant: Elizabeth Bowman
Programme Co-Ordinator: Margaret Millar

Board of Directors

Chairperson: Charles Ware
Honorary Secretary: Mairead O'Halloran
Treasurer: Nora Harte
 Director: Terence Woodside
 Director: George Briggs
 Director: Fionnuala McCaughley

Board and Staff

Jigsaw NI Board and Staff

Office 4b, Townsend Enterprise Park,
28 Townsend Street
County Antrim
Northern Ireland

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).