August 2014. Share summer garden party. Fundraising in-store at M&S Clapham South. Power in the Share Garden. Share Gardening get a new van. What's on with Go Anywhere, Do Anything. Volunteer focus: Esther. What does it take to be a trustee? How to get involved with Share. 
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Share's Summer Garden Party 

We promised fun and games, music and dance…and, come rain or shine, there was no stopping us!

This day was all about our students and their families and carers – a day for them to enjoy Share's beautiful garden with those closest to them as well as share a sumptuous lunch, once again kindly provided by the Tooting Business Network and the Khalsa Centre in Tooting.

As in previous years, we were very lucky and grateful to have the support of our main sponsors for this event – Mr K C Patel, Mr Indrajit Patel, Mr Pravin Pattni and Mr Vasant Patel, who all run businesses on the Upper Tooting Road in Tooting. In association with other businesses in the area – Patel Brothers, Bhavins Grocers and Dadus Cash and Carry in Tooting as well as the Khalsa Centre and Gurkha's Diner – these sponsors have been extremely generous and committed in their support of Share and its work over the years.

Karina and JoyceDuring the party, we had a cycling taster thanks to Wheels for Wellbeing and Cycling for All, boccia thanks to Disability Sports Coach, lots of games to try your hand at, an earring-making workshop, cakes, plants and other produce from the garden for sale, and music care of our in-house super duper DJ team, Share students Karina and Joyce.

This year's raffle prizes were provided by the National Trust's Polesden Lacey in Surrey, Gurkha Diner in Balham, M&S Clapham South and Little India in Tooting, with the Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Stuart Thom, in attendance to draw some lucky winners.


And the winner is...

Raffle winner with Mayor
Our star prize winner was Mrs Doris Johnson, a tenant from James Searles Lodge, Wandsworth Supported Housing, who won a family ticket to the house and gardens of Polesden Lacey, with complimentary lunch and afternoon tea, and a hamper of goodies.
Check out more photos from Share's summer garden party on our Facebook page.

Fundraising in-store at M&S Clapham South

M&S logoM&S fundraising in-storeOver the past few weeks, Share staff, volunteers and students have been fundraising in-store at M&S Clapham South, which has chosen Share as its local charity of the year.

Working in association with the staff at M&S Clapham South, Share will also be fundraising at Tower Hill tube station on 8th September and at Paddington tube station on 15th September.

Thank you to the staff and customers at M&S Clapham South for supporting us!

Power to Share Garden…and a new van for Share Gardening

Power in the Share GardenIt has been a long time coming…but cables for power in the Share Garden are finally going in! This follows funding we received from the Gannett Foundation, and means we will be able to grow more plants and produce more reliably throughout the year.
Share van
We are also delighted to have taken delivery of our new tipper van for our social enterprise, Share Gardening, which provides garden maintenance and planting services. Purchase of the van was made possible following receipt of a grant from Drapers and generous personal donations.

What's on with Go Anywhere, Do Anything

Rooftop at SouthbankCheck out the Go Anywhere, Do Anything calendar which is brimming with new events and activities for the next few months, with lots more planned for next year! And Share students just can't get out and about enough!

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. So far, students, staff and Social Buddy volunteers have been out clubbing, bowling, barbecuing, picnicking and much more!

Read all about their first few trips on Share's website:
Project launch – May and June 2014
July and August 2014

Thank you to Share volunteer, Esther

With great affection and a tinge of sadness, Share students and staff said a fond farewell to Esther, who finally decided to hang up her volunteering boots after more than seven years at Share.

Esther was born in Ireland and, as a Catholic nun, spent much of her formative years teaching both in the UK and abroad.

She moved to London in 2005 and began volunteering at Share in July 2007 after getting to know one of Share's tutor's while volunteering at another local charity. During her time at Share, Esther has supported tutors in our life skills programme, helping with the music group and taking students on visits to local sites and attractions in London. 

Speaking about her time at Share, Esther notes that working at Share has opened her eyes to those in need in the community, and the focus on students and their welfare at Share has been instrumental in keeping her at Share for so long. She says she continues to learn from staff and students even today, and being a part of Share Community has been akin to being part of an extended family. 'I'm full of admiration of the students at Share who are happy and yet considered needy through our eyes.'

You know you'll be sorely missed by everyone at Share, Esther…we wish you well, but don't be a stranger, do stay in touch and visit often!

Esther and HarishEsther and Amal

Trust me, I'm a Trustee

Phoebe ScrivenSo, what does it take to be a trustee? When you have a busy full-time job, why would you bother and what's in it for you? 

Phoebe Scriven, a management consultant with Capgemini Consulting, and one of Share's newest recruits to the Board of Trustees, reflects on the process of becoming a trustee, her expectations and life as a Share trustee two years into the role.

From trustee responsibilities, challenges and opportunities to Board meeting sandwiches, read Phoebe's thoughts on 'getting on Board' and why we should really trust her.

Share training

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.

Our traineeship programme is specially designed to support young disabled adults to gain skills that will help them into paid employment or an apprenticeship in horticulture or catering.

For more information, 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. Share logoDon’t forget to Visit our website at us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter for regular updates about Share.

And if you haven't already, sign up to receive our regular monthly newsletter to keep abreast of what's happening at Share.

Thank you for supporting Share!

Upcoming events

13 September. Bellevue Village Fair. Market stall with plant sales, cakes, and much more! Check out the Bellevue Village website for more information
4 November. Share Annual Student Awards. Wandsworth Civic Suite, Wandsworth. Find our more
10 December. Share AGM and Christmas Party
18 December. Share Student Christmas Disco