Education, support and research for early years autism


Puzzle Centre would not be able to do what we do without the amazing support of our volunteers.

Every year, we need to fundraise more than £320,000 and we couldn’t do it without the work of our volunteers.

Become a Community Fundraising Volunteer:

As volunteer, you will help Puzzle Centre to raise much-needed funds towards our work. As well as raising awareness of what we do. You can commit as little or as much time as you like. We have a particular need for volunteers who will help with stalls at local fundraising events. If this is something you can help with please call us on 01296 711547 or click here and send us an email. The fundraising team will be in touch with further details. We are extremely grateful for any time you could spare to help raise vital funds towards our work.

Other ways to Volunteer

Work with the children

Puzzle welcomes volunteers with an interest in working directly with the children at the nursery or helping to support the work of the nursery staff. Students who are planning a long-term career within education, psychology, speech and language or occupational therapy, medicine or social work can gain valuable work experience. References and an enhanced CRB disclosure is required for this role. Induction and mentoring are given in addition to training workshops held every term. Volunteers can work as little as once a week for a few hours.

Become a trustee

We have been a charity since 2004 and are still developing and growing. A board of trustees runs the Puzzle Centre Charitable Trust. We are always on the lookout for additional trustees with a passion to help and improve the lives of young children with autism. Trustees meet approximately seven times a year, usually in the evenings. It can be a challenging role but also hugely rewarding.  If you are interested in becoming a Trustee please CLICK HERE

Using your expertise

Puzzle focuses the majority of it’s staffing on those who work directly with the children.  Many of the other supporting functions are run with very little resource.  If you are able to support with marketing, IT, HR or other skills please do contact us.  We are particularly in need of some help with the development and implementation of our marketing strategy, to support the expansion of our outreach services. If you have any communications or direct marketing expertise that you can provide for free, we’d love to hear from you.

Gardening and property maintenance

The Puzzle Centre specialist nursery, is blessed with a large garden and grounds in the village of Middle Claydon, near Buckingham.

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Bucks County Council Board of Directors, including their CEO Chris Williams (pictured here), spent their voluntary community Team Day at Puzzle. They gave the fencing, play and parking areas a much needed lick of paint and prune. Whatever the weather, inside or out, there is always work to be done!