July 2015 Spark Something Good with M&S. Horticulture training for Oak Lodge School. Wimbledon tennis plants come to Share. New Social Buddies for Go Anywhere, Do Anything. Vil cycling for Share. Co-op at the Foodies Festival. Share Carer Survey. Making music with LSO Create.
Share was delighted to have been chosen as one of 24 projects carried out across London over a period of 24 hours on 29th July as part of M&S's Spark Something Good initiative, aimed at encouraging M&S employees and the wider public to volunteer and get involved in their local communities.
Share's project involved revamping a section of our IT suite and installing touchscreen technology for our students.
Thank you to Hannah, Sally, Chris, Claire, Mary, Jack, Adam and Annalisa, M&S's Spark Something Good team at Share for leaving their mark and doing a great job of brightening up our space.
Horticulture training in partnership with Share and Oak Lodge School
Share has been working with Oak Lodge School, a residential and day school for students with hearing, speech, language and communication needs, since October 2014.
The partnership involved Jenny Shand, Share's Horticulture Manager, running a series of gardening workshops at the school and working with a number of Oak Lodge students on the school's allotment.
This lead to Rahat, a Year 11 student from Oak Lodge School, attending the Share Garden once a week to take part in Share's mainstream horticulture training programme. From his very first session in the garden, Rahat showed a real aptitude for horticulture and showed an interest in all aspects of gardening from seed sowing to planting and caring for plants.
Rahat subsequently registered for the Level 1 Certificate in Practical Horticulture Skills and, in June this year, successfully achieved all the credits required for a full Certificate.
Jenny and the horticulture team at Share are delighted to have been able to help Rahat develop his gardening skills, and we were particularly pleased to hear that Rahat has decided on a career in horticulture by applying for a Traineeship with the Royal Parks.
Deputy Head Teacher at Oak Lodge School, Christine Mukasa, said 'On behalf of Rahat and Oak Lodge School, I would like to say a massive thank you to you and your team for all the work you have done with young Rahat. He has surpassed expectations. He has come through the first round of informal interviews for the Royal Parks and is now preparing for the formal interview next week.’
For Share, it has been a pleasure to play a part in Rahat's journey, and we look forward to hearing how he progresses through his career. Well done, Rahat, and all the very best for the future.
Wimbledon Tennis Championships' plants get a new home in the Share Garden
The All England Tennis Club at Wimbledon have donated plants that were used to decorate this year's Wimbledon Tennis Championships to Share.
Thank you to Wai Chan from the Wimbledon Foundation and Head Gardener, Martin Falconer, for organising the donation – we are only too happy to give them a good home.
And thank you to Roxanne, Chris and Jenny – our hardy gardening team – for braving our inclement British summer weather to go and pick up the plants!
Proceeds from all sales of pizza and prosecco at the Co-op stall during the festival went to their chosen local charities, and for which Share received an amazing £1153.50!
Share student, Joyce (left), visited the stall at the start of the festival with our resident student social worker, Sharon (right), pictured here with the lovely Co-op staff – thank you everyone for supporting Share.
Share's Carer Survey Prize Draw
And we have a winner...congratulations to Prakash Parikh who has won a £25 gift voucher in our Carer Survey Prize Draw.
Dr Parikh's son, Anand, attends Share to study horticulture (pictured right, and below receiving his certificates from the then Mayor of Wandsworth, at Share's Annual Awards Ceremony last year).
Dr Parikh was one of 34 parents and care managers who participated in the survey.
Feedback from all our stakeholders is important for us at Share to ensure that we are providing the right service to meet everyone's needs and expectations, and that we continue to innovate to help our students realise their potential and fulfill their aspirations.
Share's Carer Survey was conducted to find out parents' and carers' views of Share. We asked questions about what they thought about our courses, our fun and leisure activities, the environment at Share, our lunches, and what new services and activities they would like us to introduce.
100% of respondents in the Carer Survey had a positive response when asked if Share helped the person they support to live a happy life, and learn and develop new skills. They were also very positive about safety, quality of service, effectiveness of support, competence of staff and wellbeing support. In particular, carers commented that they had noticed that the people they support had gained more confidence since attending Share. One carer commented, 'I've seen a complete change. He has come out of himself much more...he does not stop talking about what happened during the day and other students.'
Of those who responded, 41% said they would be interested in attending a regular carer's group at Share.
For more information about the survey's findings, or if your are interested in taking part in a carer's group, please contact Leanne Wood via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New social buddies join Share's Go Anywhere, Do Anything project
Aleks, Alix, Bernardo, Darren, Elise, Jess, Karen, Kellie, Natalie, Rachel and Sophie all attended the Go Anywhere, Do Anything volunteer induction on 19th July 2015, and will now join staff and other volunteers to help support Share students with learning disabilities explore all that London has to offer.
Share students get set and go to Disability Sports Coach's summer sports festival
Go Anywhere, Do Anything got sporty this month when they headed to Kensington Leisure Centre to try out a range of new sports as part of Disability Sports Coach's summer sports festival.
Harris, Harish, Amal, Hassan, Roxanne, Ray and Daniel had a fun day out with staff and volunteers trying out football, goalball, badminton, tennis, dance, golf, hockey, martial arts, cricket, netball, and squash. And it looks like we have a star among us – Harish is a whiz at badminton, it seems, giving the trainer a bit of run for his money!
A number of Share students who attend our music classes take part in London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) Create, a music club for adults with learning disabilities. Once a month, a few students head to LSO Create with our Life Skills and Music Tutor, Frances Barrett, and make music with other individuals and community groups, as well as professional musicians from the LSO.
Check out this video in which the organisers and participants talk about their experiences as members of LSO Create. How many Share students can you spot?
Share 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, working with our catering graduates, will create something special to wow your guests.
Progression pathways for disabled adults – take the next step with Share
Are 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.
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.
We have produced a one-page table summarising Share's services and activities for disabled people, and how to access them. Download your copy here
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 email@example.com or telephone 020 7801 9812.
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.
Provide a work experience placement for one of our students. Contact Robert Boyce, Share's head of training, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7801 9815
Volunteer your time, expertise and experience. Share your special talent with Share. Contact Leanne Brayne, Share's HR officer, via email email@example.com or telephone 020 7801 9825
Sponsor an event or project. Help us to showcase our work. Contact Kavita Bowry, Share's communications and development coordinator, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7801 9821
Fundraise as an individual or business. Take up a challenge and raise money for Share. Contact Kavita Bowry, Share's communications and development coordinator, via email email@example.com or telephone 020 7801 9821