News — We are Lighting up Blue for Autism Awareness!


In partnership with Cranleigh based charity, Jigsaw Trust, The Friary Guildford will be hosting various activities on Thursday, 29 March from 10am to 4pm and Monday, 2 April from 11:30am – 4pm to raise awareness of autism.

Retailers including Accessorize, Beaverbrooks, Boux Avenue, Mobile Bitz, McDonalds and Mr. Simms Sweet Shop have contributed raffle prizes which will be taking place on Thursday only, so be sure not to miss out! Jigsaw Trust will be running a colouring activity, giving you the opportunity to create a piece for the giant jigsaw.

In addition, Jigsaw Trust will be showcasing some of their communications software used to support the linguistics of people with autism.

Monday, 2 April will see The Friary Guildford light up blue as part of the International autism awareness campaign, lighting up with other local businesses including Tunsgate Quarter.

Centre Manager, Vicky Hickson said, “All staff at The Friary Guildford have been autism trained as it’s so important to raise awareness of autism in our community. By understanding exactly what the condition is and how it affects people, we can modify our behaviour and environment to help those with the condition.

“A few staff members have recently visited Jigsaw Trust School to gain a further understanding of the services provided. The facilities and resources are outstanding and this is the only school of its kind in Surrey, so we are proud to support them in this way.”

Sally Ward, Community and Events Fundraiser at Jigsaw Trust said, “Everyone at Jigsaw is delighted to once again have the support of The Friary Guildford in helping us raise awareness of autism.  I will be at the centre on Thursday, 29 March and Monday, 2 April talking to shoppers about autism and the work we do at Jigsaw.  We will have information for people to take away and pictures of our new mascot, Jiggy, for children to colour in and display as well as a raffle! Huge thanks to the team at The Friary Guildford for their amazing support.”

For further information on Jigsaw Trust or to donate, please visit their website here.

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