Jigsaw Family Support was recently visited by Graham Biss, Deputy Lord Lieutenant as part of a series of visits being undertaken by the Lord Lieutenant and her Deputies to community groups to thank them for their ongoing work.
Jigsaw offers help and support to families that are going through the process of separation and divorce, and afterwards if needed. The main aim of the charity is to bring the best outcome possible for all children involved, whilst assisting parents in building a respect- based, co-operative relationship.
During the visit Graham was shown around the centre by Tina Maretic, who started Jigsaw in 2012.
Tina Maretic, Chief Executive Officer said “We were thrilled that Graham Biss, Deputy Lord Lieutenant visited Jigsaw Family Support centre to see just how vital our services are to the many families who are struggling on the Isle of Wight
Jigsaw Family Support child contact centre are the only registered and accredited Children’s Contact Centre on the Isle of Wight. Therefore, it is imperative to continue providing all the services that Jigsaw offer to parents and their families when separating; which is very often a very traumatic time for the whole family.
Our services include reunifying children with their parents, many of them who have had no contact at all with them for months, even years.
JFS services for families include:
Supervised/Supported Child Contact Arrangements; handovers, Mediation, Counselling (children/adults/as a family), Parent support groups, Family Courts -we assist with all the complicated forms needed for the process, free food/toiletries packs for families struggling, sensory sessions for children with additional needs, drug/alcohol testing, workshops (Managing Family Separation), reunification and early intervention sessions”.
Graham Biss, Deputy Lord Lieutenant said “It was a privilege to visit Jigsaw and see the fantastic work they are doing. The Coronavirus pandemic has brought many challenges and the Island is so fortunate to have such a service.”
Jigsaw relies on donations and obtaining grants to continue their important work.