A MUSIC gig mounted by the Jigsaw Trust to help raise awareness of autism proved to be a big hit.
The trust based at Dunsfold Park, was set up in 1999 to improve the lives of children and families affected by autism. It operates Jigsaw School for children aged from four to 19 and JigsawPlus for adults aged over 18.
The first JigsawJam in support of World Autism Awareness Month, was organised by the charity as part of the global campaign. The gig at The Boileroom in Guildford, was kicked off by Evelyn Blacklock with a 30-minute acoustic folk pop set really got the audience in the mood. Next to take the stage was Rainbow Cat, who raised the energy levels even higher.
Following a short presentation by Jigsaw Trust chief executive Kate Grant about autism and the work Jigsaw does, there was a charity raffle, after which headline act We Used To Make Things, performed from A Tour of Morocco.
In addition to the JigsawJam, the charity organised various events and activities thoughout April to raise awareness of autism, including talks at local school assemblies, hosting an information morning and working with businesses and schools on their own awareness-raising events.
Kate said: “My hope is that the activities that we organised throughout April will help people to understand a little bit more about autism and what a diagnosis really means for the individual and their families as well as highlighting the work that organisations such as Jigsaw do around the globe.”