Establishing ways and means of creating a better future for our members is integral to our philosophy, and is seen as vital to developing and fulfilling people’s lives. Our ambition is to provide access to work opportunities, training and courses as well as volunteering.

A limited liability company – the Jigsaw Organisation Ltd – has been established as a subsidiary of CAIS Ltd which will form the basis of developing associated new Jigsaw initiatives. Recognising the difficulties our members experience in obtaining employment because of their individual histories, we are anxious to explore avenues for creating work opportunities for service users. This might include the enhancement of existing skills gained whilst in custody, and would essentially involve the creation of a dedicated construction industry workforce offering opportunities allied to property redevelopment and refurbishment projects. The creation of links to builders prepared to work with service users, as well as Housing Associations and Local Authorities could have the added benefit of creating additional accommodation to meet the needs of those in our community.

Jigsaw is also looking to establish a team of trained welfare support officers to work with the families of those receiving a custodial sentence and help them through the problems they might be facing. Additionally, we are exploring the possibility of creating a team of trained Advocates who can work directly with those suffering from substance addiction.