May 2014. Share's new website. Training and wellbeing projects. Share traineeships. Social enterprises and events
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Welcome to the new look Share

Share branding gets a facelift with new colours and a new website

Welcome to the first edition of Share's monthly online newsletter!

It's been a busy year for Share where we've refreshed our brand with new colours and a new look, and which has finally culminated in the launch of our new interactive and social-media friendly website. Many thanks to Karen Haller of Karen Haller Colour and Design Consultancy who gave up her time to help us evaluate our brand values and personality, and worked with us to build a new colour palette to develop a more engaging and friendly look.

The website redevelopment was made possible by a Big Lottery Awards for All grant awarded last year and was carried out by Fat Beehive, which specialises in web design for the not-for-profit sector. The new website will help Share to better promote its work and the launch of our monthly online newsletter forms another strand of our overall communications strategy to keep our partners and supporters in touch with what’s happening at Share.

Share Community homepageFully featured and accessible, the new website highlights news, events and provides the latest information on our training programmes for disabled people as well as our social enterprise work.

So here's to more great things coming your way from Share! And don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter for regular updates about Share.

If you would like more information about Share's website or have a story you would like to include in our online newsletter, email or telephone 020 7801 9821.


Putting local businesses on Share's Community Map

Share's new website also features a Community Map, developed with the help of Share's students to provide reviews and ratings for shops, restaurants and other businesses in the local community, based on their service provision for disabled people.

Disabled people and local businesses are invited to submit venues for consideration for inclusion on our Community Map, so drop us a note and we'll be only too glad to send out our band of 'mystery shoppers' to review your suggestions.

Share gets ready to 'Go Anywhere, Do Anything'

Share awarded City Bridge Trust grant to help disabled Londoners make the most of their international city

Cycling with ShareShare's 'Go Anywhere, Do Anything' project has been given the go ahead following a grant from the City Bridge Trust. The three-year project means Share can help disabled adults across London enjoy everything this truly international city has to offer. As part of the project, students will be able to choose and plan arts, sports and leisure activities around London, thus improving independence and self-confidence.

Jenny AshShare is also very happy to have recently appointed Jenny Ash (pictured left) as development officer to coordinate the project. Jenny will work with other Share staff to train a number of volunteer support workers to provide individual and group support on outings.

Visit Share's website to find out more. If you know someone who is disabled and who would like to get out and about more, and would therefore like to take part in Share's 'Go Anywhere, Do Anything' project, get in touch via email or telephone 020 7801 9813/9825.

Share launches traineeship programme

Share has launched a traineeship programme designed to support young disabled adults, aged between 16 and 25 years old, to gain skills to help them into paid employment or an apprenticeship in horticulture or catering.

The aim of the six-month programme is to ensure that trainees gain recognised qualifications in English and maths, as well as practical qualifications in horticulture or catering.

For more information about Share traineeships, visit our website or contact Robert Boyce, Share's head of training, via email or telephone 020 7801 9815.

Horticulture training for deaf students

Share is working with Viridian Housing to provide horticulture training for deaf residents to help them to design and create their own garden.

The project aims to help participants gain more independent living skills, encourage healthier eating and take advantage of horticulture's social and therapeutic benefits.

The training programme is devised and delivered by Share's horticulture manager, Jenny Shand, and provides a structured learning and activity plan working through the seasons as the garden evolves.

Garden planningMarking up the new garden plan

Planting seedlings

To find out more and see how the Viridian Housing garden develops over the coming months, see the Share website. Find out more about horticulture training at Share.

Share Social Enterprises – putting training into practice

Share operates two social enterprises - Share Gardening and Share Catering - where our graduates and trainees can gain valuable work experience in a safe and supported environment. We take on external contracts to provide gardening and catering services to local communities, giving Share students real business opportunities while showcasing what they have to offer as working members of society.

Let Share Gardening help your garden bloom

Colin ParberyShare Gardening provides indoor and outdoor garden maintenance and planting services for individuals and businesses. Led by Colin Parbery, our landscaper who was trained at Kew and who brings a wealth of business experience, our team of graduates from Share's horticulture training programme can help with anything from general maintenance to complete garden makeovers.

To find out more about Share Gardening, visit our website, or contact Colin via email or telephone 020 7924 2949 to discuss your needs and get a quote.

Share Catering is all you need for that special event

Kenneth AndersonShare Catering provides catering services for meetings, events and parties. So, whether it is morning coffee or afternoon tea, buffet lunch or formal dinner, evening reception or party, our head chef, Kenneth Anderson, working with our catering graduates, will create something special to wow your guests. 

To find out more about Share Catering, visit our website, or contact Kenneth via email or telephone 020 7924 2949 to discuss your needs or to get a quote.

Making music at Share

The Share music group, taught by life skills and music teacher, Frances Barrett, takes place every Wednesday at Share.

Last month, the group studied Edward Lear’s poem The Owl the Pussycat to familiarise themselves with it and identify potential cue words in readiness for setting this poem to music.
The students worked together to choose the ocean drum to represent Sea and Sand, the triangle to represent the Ring, the guiros and shakers for the Turkey, the glockenspiel for the Moon and a rain stick for the Stars.

Students are taught first to use their own judgement when choosing instruments with the right sounds, and with experience are able to do so with confidence, and then to conduct and perform the music piece.

This work brings in many core skills such as teamwork, listening and watching, sequencing and communication, which are just some of the music skills taught as part of Share's Muscianship course.

To read full story of how this composition came to life, visit our website.

Find out more about Share's Muscianship programme, or contact Frances for more information or to sign up via email or telephone 020 7924 2949.

Share Training

Life and Basic SkillsShare provides accredited training in Life and Basic Skills, Digital Skills, Catering and Horticulture for disabled adults, including those with learning disabilities and mental health needs.

Digital SkillsIn addition, we run short courses in Baking, Digital Skills for Life and a Musicianship programme.

Share also runs bespoke training for disabled people for schools and colleges, and we would be happy to discuss your needs. For example, our Getting Ready for Work (GRoW) programme, a 12-week course that teaches students everything they need to know about finding and securing work, can be specially tailored for groups.

Catering trainingHorticulture training

To see Share's full range of courses, see our website. For more information, contact Robert Boyce, Share's head of training, via email or telephone 020 7801 9815.

Employment support

Share has an employment specialist who can help Wandsworth residents with long-term mental health problems back into work.

Remembering everyone is different, this programme uses an individual placement and support (IPS) approach to support people through the job search process, from initial application to interview and beyond, helping individuals to stay employed.

Laura, a previous Share student, who has been using our employment service, has just started her new job working at a local children's nursery. Read Laura's journey back to work.

For more details about how we can help people with employment support, check out website or contact our employment specialist, Hannah Christian, via email or telephone 020 7801 9823/0744 536 5365.

Bidding a sad farewell to a much-loved Share student and friend

Rowland with Charlotte
Rowland receiving certificates from Patricia Hodge
Share students and staff were saddened to hear about the death last month of one of our longstanding and gregarious students Rowland, who studied horticulture at Share. Rowland first came to Share in 1999, and loved potting and pottering in the Share garden, building strong friendships along the way. Students at Share remember him for his love of sport and someone who was always made everyone laugh - a kind soul who could talk for England!

The watercolour painting, pictured top right, showing Rowland with his good friend and fellow Share student Doddy - 2 Chelsea Fans - was created in Rowland's memory by Rehan, one of Share's students and an amazing artist.

You are much missed, Rowland - our thoughts are with you and your family.

Summer buzz in the Share Garden

The Share offices are buzzing with plans for the summer - as well as organising our own summer garden party, we're looking forward to taking part in this year's Open Garden Squares Weekend, when London opens up many of its often private gardens to the public. So do come and see us in the Share Garden over the weekend of 14-15 June for a browse through our Bee Lovely Garden and greenhouses brimming with lots of plants for sale. Bring a picnic to while away the afternoon or treat yourself to tea and cake! Tickets are £10 before the event or £12 during the event and you can visit as many gardens as you have the energy for.

Upcoming events

11 June. Share Evening in the Garden for our corporate partners and local businesses. Share Garden, Springfield University Hospital, Tooting.
14-15 June. Open Garden Squares Weekend. Share Garden, Springfield University Hospital, Tooting.
6 July. Northcote Road Summer Fete. Northcote Road, Clapham. Market stall with plant sales, cakes, and much more!
4 November. Share Annual Student Awards. Wandsworth Civic Suite, Wandsworth.