Monday, 13 October 2014

Chief Executive and his senior team take a day out to volunteer at the Puzzle Centre

Chris Williams, the County Council’s Chief Executive, and his senior management team colleagues, rolled up their sleeves to take part in a volunteering day on Friday (10 October), helping to refurbish the grounds of the Puzzle Centre in Middle Claydon.

The team of Directors helped out with some much-needed grounds and garden work, painting fences, cutting back trees and improving the outdoor play area at the specialist education centre.
The team were assisted by Ringway Jacobs and Guy Lachlan of Jones and Cocks Ltd, who supplied extra manpower, tools and materials for the refurbishment.

Chris Williams said: “The day was hard work but it’s been great fun getting stuck in as a team with fence painting, gardening and gravel laying! It has also been very rewarding to be able to help the Puzzle Centre, who give a unique type of education and support to young children with autism and their families.”

The Puzzle Centre charity promotes and delivers early intervention for very young children with autism and similar communication difficulties; and provides training and outreach to families and practitioners throughout the UK. The centre’s mission is to ensure that every pre-school-aged child with autism or similar communication needs is offered prompt, appropriate and high-quality education, therapy and support.

Alex Stanyer, the centre's Principal, said: “We are delighted that Chris Williams and his team of Directors have taken the time to visit us, see the work we do and muck in! Volunteering is vital for charities and even more so when you are supporting your local charity.”

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