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

Jigsaw Recovery Project work with some of the most disadvantaged children and young people in society. Many of the young people that we work with are nearing the end of their journey through the care system and have experienced multiple failed placements. Our aim is to recognise the complexity of need that people can have and to develop bespoke support packages that focus on making positive progress whilst still celebrating individuality. By ensuring that the needs, wishes and feelings of those that we work with are the cornerstone of the support that deliver we hope to build relationships that are characterised by warmth, stability and understanding.

Our staff have lived experience of many of the challenges and difficulties that children and young people may encounter, including substance misuse, mental health issues, the care system and homelessness. This helps facilitate empathetic and non-judgemental relationships with those that we support that are based on trust and mutual understanding. Ultimately, the lived experience of our staff can afford a level of insight into people’s lives that may be missing in the work carried out by other organisations. We have unwavering faith in people’s potential for positive change and will never say that we are unable to support a child or young person in some capacity.

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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.

Head Office

Jigsaw Recovery Project
St Mark's Church
Shipcote Terrace

Get in Touch

You can contact us by completing our enquiry form or using the details below.

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For info please e-mail: [email protected]

For Referrals please e-mail: [email protected]


Main Office : 0191 4900589
Milestone : 0191 4400702

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