Welcome to the Jigsaw Recovery Project

We aim to help at risk people leaving local authority care

How and why we work with other services

Young people face a number of challenges in today’s society. Entering adulthood comes with its own demands. We at Jigsaw Recovery Project are at hand to help with that transition. Not only do our staff have lived in experience but we have also taken on education to offer a holistic approach to young care leavers.

We work with a number of outside agencies to help our young care leavers live a more rounded successful and independent life. We have faith in the process of positive change and we partner our support service with counselling, employment and learning development services, to give our young care leavers the opportunity to thrive in adulthood.

We operate a “clean slate” policy and are prepared to work with young care leavers as we believe in an open door environment, with addition of trust and boundaries. The aim is that if a young care leaver is willing to engage and take this opportunity then there is no reason why anyone can be left behind.

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How we facilitate system change

System change is at heart of Jigsaw Recovery Project ideals. We look to give our young people a platform from which they can be heard. In the future we hope to engage our young care leavers in a service user lead forum, so that their voice can be heard on a national scale.

We not only, want them to build on the opportunities Jigsaw Recovery Project offer them but to take the opportunity, to help others who face the same challenges and really make a difference. We pose the question of, “who better to learn from, then those who have been on the journey before”.

We look to gain their insight on our key areas of focus, addiction, mental health and housing. This will ensure that in the future, we progress and continue to learn from experience. We see our young care leavers as more than just service users. They are a valuable resource and offer an insight into a world of fear and movement of services. Our future aim is that our young care leavers will present ideas that will help facilitate system change.

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Meet the Team

All members of the Jigsaw Recovery Project have first hand lived experience of working with or being service users.

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service user "mark 2018 has been a challenging year but ave learnt some stuff. I can see 2019 being a belter" now that is so impactful from a young head. #careleaversmatter #ProgressNotPerfection ... See MoreSee Less

Leon Brewer these are who i told you about last night. If you really want to change please get help these people can help people like ourselves who have been in care and have mental health issues. Its ok to ask for help doesnt mean your weak in anyway. It takes a bigger person to admit they need a hand in life. It will be hard at times but totally worth it in the end son Xx

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Shared by a young person who has lived in this pain.
It gave me the shivers just reading it, and as to how accurate it is.
I have never seen a more perfect poem, written in the saddest way.

"I destroy homes, tear families apart - take your children, and that's just the start.
I'm more costly than diamonds, more costly than gold - the sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.
And if you need me, remember I'm easily found.

I live all around you, in schools and in town.
I live with the rich, I live with the poor, I live down the street, and maybe next door.
My power is awesome - try me you'll see.
But if you do, you may never break free.
Just try me once and I might let you go, but try me twice, and I'll own your soul.
When I possess you, you'll steal and you'll lie.
You'll do what you have to just to get high.
The crimes you'll commit, for my narcotic charms, will be worth the pleasure you'll feel in your arms.

You'll lie to your mother; you'll steal from your dad.
When you see their tears, you should feel sad.
But you'll forget your morals and how you were raised.
I'll be your conscience, I'll teach you my ways.
I take kids from parents, and parents from kids, I turn people from God, and separate from friends.
I'll take everything from you, your looks and your pride, I'll be with you always, right by your side.

You'll give up everything - your family, your home, your friends, your money, then you'll be alone.
I'll take and I'll take, till you have nothing more to give.
When I'm finished with you you'll be lucky to live.
If you try me be warned this is no game.
If given the chance, I'll drive you insane.
I'll ravish your body, I'll control your mind.
I'll own you completely; your soul will be mine.

The nightmares I'll give you while lying in bed.
The voices you'll hear from inside your head.
The sweats, the shakes, the visions you'll see.
I want you to know, these are all gifts from me.
But then it's too late, and you'll know in your heart, that you are mine, and we shall not part.

You'll regret that you tried me, they always do.
But you came to me, not I to you.
You knew this would happen.
Many times you were told, but you challenged my power, and chose to be bold.
You could have said no, and just walked away.

If you could live that day over, now what would you say?
I'll be your master; you will be my slave.
I'll even go with you, when you go to your grave.
Now that you have met me, what will you do?
Will you try me or not?
Its all up to you.
I can bring you more misery than words can tell.

Come take my hand, let me lead you to hell."

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My God that gives you the shivers! Fantastic bit of writing. Keep up the good work lads to save souls!

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Jigsaw Recovery Project, St Mark's Church Shipcote Terrace, Gateshead NE8 4AA