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October 26, 2005

About JIGSAW

Jigsaw is a youth group for 11 to 16 year old refugees and aslyum seekers in the Coventry area. The project is different to most other youth projects, in that it is directed exclusively towards the needs of refugee teenagers. We aim to encourage the teenagers to meet people their own age, as well as individuals they might be able to relate their experiences to.

Above all, we aim to have fun with the teenagers and provide activities which they might not otherwise have an opportunity to do. These include: bowling, swimming, orienteering, mini-olympics, themed nights and pizza nights! We hope that as this project expands and becomes more popular, we will be helping to raise awareness and understanding of refugee issues in the local community. At the moment, some Jigsaw members are working on a play which illustrates some of the issues young refugees face. The play will be performed in Coventry in November and hopefully will succeed in raising awareness. We believe that activities such as the play, which help to enhance confidence and social interaction, are important in facilitating the teenagers' integration within their local community.

If you like the sound of what we do, and want to become involved in a exciting, fun project to get you outside of the 'Warwick Bubble', then Jigsaw might appeal to you! The group meets every Tuesday from 6:30-8:30pm at Coventry refugee centre, where volunteers organise new and exciting activities for the teenagers to take part in. We feel that a mixture of sports, crafts and other entertainment is important as it maintains a variety of activities, and caters for a wide range of different interests. We always looking for new and exciting ideas, so if you have suggestions for future activities, we'd love to hear them!

If you're interested in becoming involved in the project, then contact me, Lucy (my email address is in the 'contact me' section) or Marte at M.Svare@warwick.ac.uk. An important point * to note is that before you can start working with the children, you need to have an up-to-date *Criminal Records Check, which basically just says that you're fit to work with children. It absolutely crucial that you have the check before you come to any of the sessions, so if you're keen to get involved with Jigsaw, pop into the Warwick Volunteers office and they'll sort you out with one!

Come along, share your experiences and ideas with some fantastic kids, and most importantly, have some fun!


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