The Jigsaw Opportunities Centre is situated in Colchester, Essex.

  • We provide day opportunities exclusively to adults on the autism spectrum.
  • We support people who receive residential support, others who live at home and many who live independently, within the wider community.
  • We offer a wide variety of skill-based and leisure interest activity sessions.
  • We run a workshop for woodwork and crafts, which also incorporates running two allotments for personal projects and small group horticultural instruction.
  • An Art & Textiles studio offering artistic development in a wide range of media.
  • A PE department offering indoor, outdoor and offsite activities.
  • A Computer suite offering instruction with desktop PC's and tablets, with access to emailing, an individual email address, personal interest browsing, blogging and our own websites 'people's pages'.
  • A life skills department offering basic life skills; literacy, numeracy, domestic skills etc. - acquiring skills for more independence.
  • A Personal & Social Development lounge to support people who live independently and those preparing for more independent living.
  • We have a high/low arousal sensory room accessible to anyone using our service and we have a Music & Drama cabin, offering a range of activities for anyone with an interest in music or drama.

All of our sessions are delivered with 2 to 1 support to ensure the best possible personalised programmes of activities and projects.

Our Activities

The activities we offer:

  • The workshop offers opportunities to work on personal and group woodwork and craft projects in an industrious environment, using a wide selection of hand and machine tools.
  • The Art & Textiles Studio is a creative environment where a wide variety of media are used to produce individual and group artworks. 
  • P.E. Activities: We have many activities on offer, both indoor and outdoor, to suit any weather conditions.
  • Visit our page by 'clicking' on the P.E. symbol to find out more about what we do.
  • The Computer Suite is equipped with three current technology PC's and can cater to people of all levels of ability in a calm, quiet and focused environment.
  • Life Skills is a very popular department which meets a recognised need amongst the people who use our service. In a relaxed yet productive environment, we cater to all levels of ability and help people develop the skills essential for day to day independence. 'Click' on the life skills symbol to learn more.
  • The Personal Social Development Lounge is the newest area in the centre, which has been created to meet an identified need amongst people with a higher functioning Autism Spectrum Condition.
  • An extension of our Life Skills provision, its aim is providing support with understanding and exercising the skills required when engaging in social communication and interactions, in a friendly and relaxed environment.
  • Our Sensory Room has undergone a major revamp and has been equipped with new equipment to meet the relaxation or stimulus needs of people affected in varying degrees with an Autism Spectrum Condition. 

Our Music and Drama Cabin

Introduced early in 2016, the Music and Drama Cabin offers a range of different costumes and musical instruments for people to try out. The cabin gives people the chance to explore and develop their interests in a fun and safe environment.

Contact Us

Jigsaw Day Opportunities Centre
227 Gosbecks Road

Telephone: 01206 561877

Email:  [email protected]

Session Times & Prices

Morning session (9:30am to 12:30pm): £67.00

Friday (10:00am to 12:30pm): £67.00

Afternoon session (2:00pm to 3:30pm): £55.00

All day (9:30am to  3:30pm) £95.00

Friday (10:00am to 3:30pm) £95.00

Fee for the initial assessment session: £50.00