September/October 2014. Grow Your Tenner for Share with Localgiving. 10k boost for Share's wellbeing project. Horticulture and catering 'fork to fork' project. New trustee joins Share. Student portraits from Share's art workshop. Volunteering with Go Anywhere, Do Anything.
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Grow Your Tenner for Share with Localgiving Today

Localgiving's Grow Your Tenner campaign started at 10am today! So Donate £10 to Share now to double your money and make double the difference for Share.

Throughout its campaign, Localgiving will be matching one-time donations pound-for-pound for up to £10, and monthly donations of up to £10 per month for 6 months.

This means that, with Gift Aid, a one-time donation of £10 made through during Grow Your Tenner will generate up to £21.55, depending on the payment method used. Meanwhile, a direct debit monthly donation of £10 per month for six months with Localgiving, will turn your £60 into £120 for Share.

So please donate to Share now and start growing those tenners to help us continue our work!

Regular monthly donations enable us to cover our running costs and plan ahead, helping us to ensure our future sustainability.

Funds will be matched by Localgiving until 31st January 2015, or when the Localgiving pot runs out, whichever is first. To find out more about Localgiving, visit

Thank you for supporting Share and the work we do with disabled adults

Thank you from everyone at Share


Share's wellbeing work gets £10k boost from Garfield Weston Foundation

Garfield WestonThe Garfield Weston Foundation has awarded Share £10,000 towards our wellbeing work to support students, their families and carers, and to liaise with other professionals responsible for our students' care.

This work involves carrying out initial assessments and offering guidance on care provision, as well as taking part in individual student review meetings, liaising with health and social care professionals to facilitate learning, and supporting those leaving school and in transition into adult services.

To find out more, contact Share's wellbeing coordinator, Keesha Sinclair via email or telephone 020 7801 9812.

From 'fork to fork' with the help of the Olswang Green Seed Fund

Share has embarked on a new project to bring together students from our horticulture and catering courses to teach them how to grow and prepare healthy nutritious vegetables and fruit, and help them to learn the core principles of ‘fork to fork’. 

The project has been made possible with the help of Project Dirt, which connects communities for social good, and is funded by the Olswang Green Seed Fund, set up by Olswang law firm as an innovative approach to being carbon neutral. This means that, following an audit of its activities such as travel, energy resources and IT equipment, Olswang decided to charge itself £10 for every tonne of carbon dioxide the company produced, and invest the funds generated on environmental projects within local communities, such as Share.

Find out more about this project on the Share website.

Project Dirt Olswang law firm

New trustee comes on Board at Share

Richard CallaghanWe are very pleased to welcome Richard Callaghan, a chartered accountant and finance manager of Safer World, an international organisation working to prevent violent conflict,  who recently joined Share's Board of Trustees as treasurer.

Richard spent 15 years in the commercial world with KPMG, Smithkline Beecham and other large companies, working in a range of finance roles. In 2005, he joined ActionAid International as head of finance where he worked for six years, after which he joined Safer World as finance director.
Richard has been involved in various not-for-profit organisations and was a member of the board at Rosebery Housing Association for five years.  He is currently also the treasurer for the Peckham Settlement.

Richard lives in Balham, and was keen to volunteer his experience to a local charity and learn about a new charity environment.

Richard takes over the position of treasurer from Bill Morgan, who now chairs the Board of Trustees at Share. Meet Share's trustees.

Art workshop shows off Share students in a new light

Over the summer, Share students took part in a six-week art-based workshop looking at identity. As part of the course, students learned about different approaches to portraiture, creating portraits of themselves and each other, as well as recreating some classics.

They looked at portraits through the ages and their significance over the centuries, while investigating how colour works together and variations that can be achieved by altering densities of paint and water, using acrylic paints.

This project was arranged by local artist Martin Ireland who specialises in creative projects in Wandsworth.

Here is a small sample of their work. Visit Share's Facebook page to see all the portraits from the workshop.

Share's garden in moving pictures

Check out this video of the Share Garden and the students who look after it, kindly produced for Share by Ashley Pollak, creative director at Etio Video Agency.

This video was created as part of Etio's project for Wyevale Garden Centres, which features both Share's Garden and our students – see if you can spot them!

Visit Share's website for more information about Share's horticulture programme.

So many places to go, so much to do with Go Anywhere, Do Anything

Holly and HarishOne thing is for sure – London is a big city and Share students are having a ball exploring every corner! With a full calendar and everyone bursting with new ideas for what to do and where to go, our Go Anywhere, Do Anything team are being kept on their toes! Check out what everyone has been up to in September with Go Anywhere, Do Anything.

And we have so much more planned over the coming months. So visit the Share website to see what's on with Go Anywhere, Do Anything over the coming months.

As with much of Share's work, projects such as Go Anywhere, Do Anything just couldn't achieve what they do without the kind support of our volunteers. Holly, a social buddy with Go Anywhere, Do Anything, has been volunteering with Share since July and has been reflecting on her time with us. Read about what inspired Holly to volunteer, her experience of the project so far and some advice she has for others who might be thinking of signing up as a social buddy.

The Go Anywhere, Do Anything project offers people with learning disabilities an opportunity to go anywhere and do anything, and they get a say in what they want to do with their friends and peers. Visit Share's website to find out more about the project.

Keron Toomey – remembered with affection

Everyone at Share was saddened to hear that one of our students, Keron Toomey, passed away suddenly at the end of September.

Keron first came to Share in 2006, and studied horticulture, and art and crafts, at Share. She loved being in the Share Garden and, more recently, loved going out and about with our Go Anywhere, Do Anything project, whether it be out nightclubbing or visiting Kew Gardens. Always full of fun, she loved playing tricks on both staff and fellow students!

Our thoughts are with you and your family, Keron. We remember you with happy memories and great affection.

Keron's funeral will take place on Tuesday 21st October 2014 at 1.15pm.

Share training pathways for disabled people

Study options at ShareShare's training is aimed at disabled adults, including those with learning disabilities, physical/sensory impairments, autism, and mental health needs.  

As well as accredited courses in life and basic skillsdigital skillscatering and horticulture, we run short courses in bakingdigital skills for life and musicianship

We also run a Getting Ready for Work Programme, to teach students about the various aspects of searching for and securing employment. This is a bespoke programme which can be delivered at Share or for groups elsewhere.

Flexible and targeted training pathways mean that there is something to suit everyone in terms of personal interests and aspirations, whether those are related to personal development or employment.

Share traineeships

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

Ways to get involved with Share

There are many ways to get involved in Share's work, so get in touch to see how you can make a difference in our very special community. Thank you from everyone at ShareDon’t forget to Visit our website at us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter for regular updates about Share.

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Thank you for supporting Share!

Upcoming events

4 November. Share Annual Student Awards. Wandsworth Civic Suite, Wandsworth. Find our more
24 November. Share AGM
29 November. Northcote Road Christmas Market
10 December. Share Christmas Party
18 December. Share Student Christmas Disco
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