THERE were celebrations at a 'small but vitally important' organisation as it was given a King's Award for Voluntary Service.

Jigsaw, a charity providing vital support to carers of individuals with mental health issues in Worcester and the county, was recently honoured with the prestigious award.

The award, considered the MBE for voluntary groups, was presented to Jigsaw secretary Susan Nichols, by the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Beatrice Grant, at a ceremony held at Malvern Hills Science Park.

Since 1996, Jigsaw has been a cornerstone of support for carers in the region, providing a safe and confidential space for them to share experiences, gain knowledge, and receive emotional and practical support.

The charity's mission is to promote understanding of mental health issues and empower carers, ensuring they do not face their challenges alone.

Mrs Nichols said: "We are really pleased to receive this award, which is a fantastic recognition of the positive impact our small but vitally important organisation has made.

"Jigsaw provides a safe, sympathetic, and supportive forum for those caring for loved ones with mental health challenges."

Jigsaw members shared their experiences, emphasising the value of the group's regular face-to-face and online meetings.

These gatherings provide a platform for carers to share their often bewildering experiences, receive reassurance and understanding, and access vital support.

One member said they are able to share their knowledge of the mental health conditions and the range of often overstretched support services that can assist.

Another member added: "Through Jigsaw, the carers and healthcare professionals that contribute to our gatherings help us all to recognise the various “pieces” of the jigsaw picture that each carer gradually tries to build so that they can see the right forward pathway to improvement for their loved ones.”

Anyone who would like to learn more about how Jigsaw assists carers, should visit their website: