BBC Children in Need grant helps specialist teaching and therapy centre

Puzzle Centre at Middle Claydon
Puzzle Centre at Middle Claydon

A centre which helps children with communication and social skills has been given a boost through the BBC’s Children In Need fund.

The Puzzle Centre, based in Middle Claydon, has been awarded £71,604, to be granted over the next three years.

The grant will be used to fund specialist teaching and therapy and help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children in Buckinghamshire and across the region.

The grant has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the public through the £32.6 million which was raised on the appeal night in 2014 and BBC Children in Need have since announced that this total has risen to a record breaking £49.1 million.

This grant will enable Puzzle Centre to provide more specialist teaching and therapy to the very young children with autism or communcation difficulties it supports, increasing their communication and social skills, and emotional wellbeing.

Alex Stanyer, founder of Puzzle Centre, said: “At Puzzle Centre, every child is given an individual programme devised by an expert team of teachers and therapists.

“Our team’s knowledge and highly specialised skills ensure we can provide these children with the highest quality of appropriate education, therapy and support needed.

“The children who come to us will have little or no verbal language, but with targeted interventions by our specialist teachers, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists, they will develop spoken language - or an alternative communication system, such as the use of picture cards - that they are able to use to communicate with other people.

“We are extremely grateful and would like to thank Children in Need for this grant. It will help us continue to work with our children and develop skills often taken for granted by most.”

The Puzzle Centre charity promotes and delivers early intervention for very young children with autism or similar communication difficulties; provides training and outreach to families and practitioners throughout the UK.

Their mission is to ensure that every preschool aged child with autism, or similar communication needs, is offered prompt, appropriate and high quality education, therapy and support.

BBC Children in Need funding relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time and money to support the Appeal.

Whether it is cake sales, spending the day in fancy dress or putting on a quiz, every penny of the money raised goes towards supporting projects across the UK.

All grants go to projects working with children and young people living in the UK who may be affected by homelessness, neglect, abuse or poverty, or those who have faced challenges in their lives such as serious illness, disabilities and psychological disorders.