Jigsaw Trust is a large charity split into three divisions, all of which have different purposes:
- Jigsaw CABAS® School is an independent day school for children and young people with an autism spectrum disorder. Based in Surrey, the school has 60 placements for students aged 4-19 and provides a 1:1 staffing ratio with all pupils receiving an individualised curriculum and gaining exposure to a comprehensive outreach programme;
- Jigsaw+ extends Jigsaw’s provision to an adult audience over the age of 18. It offers educational, vocation and wellbeing services through its Centre for Lifelong Learning;
- Jigsaw Trust Café, established as a Social Enterprise, gives young people and adults with autism the opportunity to learn and develop valuable life skills in a genuine employment setting.
Ultimately combined, Jigsaw Trust has a team of 120 employees dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by autism through providing exceptional service and support.
The Challenge & Solution:
Running a large charity comes with many challenges. Jigsaw Trust has a responsibility to their pupils, yet they still have to ensure the charity is running efficiently and that the day-to-day administration burdens are being taken care of. Having a small HR team means this, on occasion, proved challenging for the Jigsaw Trust and it became difficult to maintain the right balance between HR and the routine but essential tasks, such as payroll.
Our solution was to take away the financial and administrative burden of these routine tasks affording the team more time to spend on areas of greater interest and benefit to the charity.