November 2014 Share Annual Awards 2014. Senior gardener for Share Gardening. Share impact report for 2013 to 2014. Festive Go Anywhere, Do Anything. Grow your Tenner for Share with Localgiving. How to get involved with Share.
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Share Annual Awards 2014

With the Worshipful Mayor of Wandsworth Councillor Mr Stuart Thom Mayor with Annie and Billpresiding, we had a splendid day celebrating the successes and achievements of Share students at our Annual Awards Ceremony at the Civic Suite in Wandsworth on 4th November 2014.

And there was much to celebrate – as well as awards for accredited qualifications, special awards were presented for Outstanding Achievement Over the Year to Joyce, Hannah, Rachel, Teresa, Daniel, Karina and Raymond.

Peter Jablonski AwardThe Peter Jablonski Award for Outstanding Achievement and Perseverance in the Face of Adversity, which was established some years ago following the death of Peter Jablonski who was general manager at Share, was jointly awarded to Chris and Dionne, by Ana Jablonska and Ryan Jablonski,
Peter's children.
SuzanneDuring the ceremony, Suzanne, a Share student, who recently started working at the Southbank Centre as a host, described her experience of working in paid employment for the first time.
Meanwhile, some of our other students took to the stage with performances in streetdance, choreographed by Saffron, herself receiving support from Share's employment service, and music from Share's music group run by Share's music tutor, Frances Barrett.

Chair's awardA special Chairman's award was presented by Share's Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Bill Morgan, to Tony Hyam for his contribution over 21 years to Share Life (and telling the worst jokes!).

The ceremony was also our opportunity to thank all the wonderful volunteers who helped Share over the past year – from assisting in training classes, to helping our fundraising initiatives, to going out and about with our students on social events, and much more – so many people giving their time so generously, and something we are eternally grateful for.
HannahSterling MediaSo, congratulations to one and all, and many thanks to the Mayor of Wandsworth for his continued support, as well as Sterling Media and the Khalsa Centre in Tooting for sponsoring and providing a delicious lunch for all our guests!

For more photos, visit Share's Facebook page.

Lasting legacy from a Share Friend

Mr John HeronShare was touched and humbled by the very generous donation we received last month from long-time Share Friend, Mr John Heron, who died in November 2013. 

Mr Heron became involved with Share through his son, Peter, who was a horticulture student at Share during the 1990s. Sadly, Peter died, but his parents, John and Mariegold, remained in touch with Share for the rest of their lives. 

Mr Heron was inspired to make this serious investment in Share's future after he took part in a fundraising pub quiz for Share in March 2013, when he saw for himself the impact of Share's work and the part it played in the local community.

Annie with Simon HeronSimon Heron, Mr Heron's nephew, visited Share a few weeks ago with his wife Wendy to present Mr Heron's legacy to Share's Chief Executive, Annie McDowall (pictured here with Simon Heron).

From everyone at Share, we say thank you to Mr Heron for his generosity and goodwill, and pledge to continue our work to help many others like his son, Peter. We shall remember Mr Heron as he was with his dancing shoes enjoying the Argentine Tango, which we know was a personal passion.

New face for Share Gardening

Elke PagitzShare is delighted to welcome Elke Pagitz, our new Senior Gardener and Business Lead, who joined us earlier this month.

Elke will be heading up Share Gardening, Share's horticulture social enterprise, which provides garden maintenance and planting services, and an opportunity for Share's horticulture graduates to work in a safe and supported environment.

Elke studied landscape architecture in Vienna and is an experienced gardener having worked in both Austria and Australia, and more recently at a local private gardening firm. She has a keen interest in organic gardening and farming, something she hopes to incorporate into Share Gardening's portfolio.

Elke and the team are ready to take bookings so if you'd like your garden tidied up in time for the festive season or want to discuss your ideas for a complete garden makeover for the New Year, give us a call now for a free consultation on 020 7924 2949 or email

Share's Impact Report for 2013 to 2014

Share impact report 2013 to 2014Share has published its impact report for 2013 to 2014.

This year's report highlights a number of students who have found paid employment with Share's help, and some key projects and training programmes that are helping our students with their personal development and assisting them to take those all important steps towards independent living.

The report is once again presented as an infographic, and includes a 2015 year planner. To get your copy, email

Go Anywhere, Do Anything goes festive!

GADA in GreenwichFour more social buddies joined the Go Anywhere, Do Anything team this month, bringing the total to 16 for the year. So, a big Share welcome to Joe, Courtney, Michael and Lucy who will be helping the Go Anywhere, Do Anything project development officer, Jenny Ash, to take more Share students to even more great venues around London.

Since June, 43 people with learning disabilities have accessed 21 trips, anything from curry night to theatre to disco night to museum and garden visits.

Over the next few weeks, we get into the festive mood with trips to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, Christmas at Kew Gardens and Cinderella in Panto!

And it doesn't stop there...the Go Anywhere, Do Anything team is busy preparing the schedule for next year so watch this space to see what's on with Go Anywhere, Do Anything in 2015.

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.

Visit Share and find out more about our services

Basic skills courseAre you a professional looking for services for your clients? Or perhaps you are looking for vocational or personal development training for yourself? If so, come and visit Share to see what we offer at first hand – meet the staff team and current students, and take a look at our facilities to see whether we can meet your needs.

We have experience in working with adults with learning disabilities, physical/sensory impairments, autism and mental health needs. We provide flexible and targeted training pathways to suit everyone in terms of personal interests and aspirations, whether those are related to personal development or employment.

Study options at ShareAs well as accredited courses in life and basic skillsdigital skillscatering and horticulture, we run short courses in bakingdigital skills for life and musicianship

We operate two traineeship programmes – one in catering and one in horticulture – to support young disabled adults, aged between 16 and 25 years old, to gain skills and qualifications to help them into paid employment or an apprenticeship in catering or horticulture.

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.

To find out more, or to arrange a visit or a taster day for yourself or a client, contact Share's wellbeing coordinator, Keesha Sinclair via email or telephone 020 7801 9812.

Party treats from Share Catering

canapesHead Chef Kenny'Tis the party season, so if you are planning a party and need some help whipping together some delicious party treats for your special event, you know who to call...Share Catering!

Head chef Kenny and the team are taking bookings for the festive period now so call us on 020 7924 2949 or email to get a quote.

Help Share make double the difference

Thank you from everyone at ShareAs part of our fundraising activities, Share is taking part in this year's Localgiving Grow Your Tenner campaign. This means that throughout the campaign, Localgiving will match all one-time donations to Share pound-for-pound for up to £10, and monthly donations of up to £10 per month for 6 months.

With Gift Aid, a one-time donation of £10 made through during the Grow Your Tenner campaign 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 a £60 donation into £120 for Share.

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

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

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

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Ways to get involved with Share

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Dates for your diaries

Winter celebrationsNorthcote Road Christmas Fair. Saturday 29th November 2014
We are taking part in this year's Northcote Road Christmas Fair. Be sure to visit our stall outside Hamptons International estate agents where we'll be selling a special tasty treat from Share Catering.

Winter Celebration. Wednesday 17th December 2014, 5.30pm to 8pm
Join us for some Seasonal Cheer, with drinks and canapés from Share Catering. A celebration to say a thank you to all those who have supported Share Community over the past year, and to look forward to our plans for 2015. Book your ticket now!

Share student discoMasquerade Student Disco. Thursday 18th December 2014, 12 noon to 4pm
For Share students, the celebrations continue, with Share Catering providing a yummy party spread, and music from our very own DJ duo, Karina and Joyce, who will be making sure we boogie on down.

This year, students can come as they are or perhaps masquerade by getting creative and making their own masks.
24 November. Share AGM
29 November. Northcote Road Christmas Fair
17 December.
Share Winter Celebration. Book your ticket now!
18 December. Share Student Disco
Share closing times over the festive period
24th December 2014, 1pm. Share closes for the festive period
2nd January 2015. Share reopens, operating normal business hours