February 2015 Open doors at Share's Open Day. New recruit at Share. Share services in a nutshell. Financial planning from Mencap. Share social enterprises.
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Focus on funding at Share's Open Day

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, a lack of support and money were major concerns cited by service users and carers at Share's Open Day last month.

Share Open Day January 2015It was therefore timely to have a number of presentations tackling this very topic at the Open Day. Thank you to all our speakers from Wandsworth Council, Hestia and Westminster Mind for their time, and for providing some insight into this important area of work for our visitors.

Care Act presentationAs well as presentations about Share and its services, talks included information about:
  • The Care Act, which comes into force in April 2015
  • The eligibility criteria and process for securing personal budgets
  • What happens after funding approval – third-party support
A copy of the presentations from the Open Day are available on Share's website.

If you were unable to attend Share's Open Day, and would like to arrange a visit for yourself or a client, email or telephone 020 7924 2949.
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Star trainee, Rachel, joins Share as staff

RachelThere were celebrations all round as we welcomed Rachel Simms to Share as a full-blown member of staff on 2nd February!

You will remember Rachel from previous newsletters as our star trainee in catering – so when a position came up in the Share Kitchen to help Chef and Catering Tutor, Kenny Anderson, she jumped at the chance to apply. And, following Share's normal HR procedures and interviews, we were delighted to be able to offer Rachel the position.

A hit with Share students, volunteers and staff alike, Rachel is taking this first step into employment by helping Kenny to keep the Share Kitchen spick and span, and working with Share Catering on external events as well. We are sure this practical work experience is going to be great for building Rachel's already very impressive CV.

We are very proud of what Rachel has achieved in her relatively short time at Share – so a big well done and many congratulations!

Share services in a nutshell

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 about Share or to arrange a visit, email or telephone 020 7924 2949.

Financial planning for the future for people with learning disabilities

mencap logoMencap has organised a number of free 2-hour seminars for families and carers on how to make a will or set up a trust fund to benefit a loved one with a learning disability.

The seminars will include information and advice from a specialist local legal professional, and will take place on:
  • Tuesday 24th February, 2.30pm-4.30pm. Royal Mencap National Centre, London
  • Friday 26th June, 12.30pm-2.30pm & 6.30pm-8.30pm. Royal Mencap National Centre, London
  • Tuesday 30th June, 12.30pm-2.30pm. Watford
  • Wednesday 1st July, 12.30pm-2.30pm. Richmond
  • Tuesday 20th October, 10.30am-12.30pm & 6.30pm-8.30pm. Royal Mencap National Centre, London
To book your place, call Gina on 020 7696 6925. More details at

Let Share Gardening help you get ready for Spring

ChrisSpring is just around the corner (honestly!). So let Share Gardening help you get your garden ready for the growing season – we provide garden maintenance and planting services for individuals and businesses.

Our senior gardener working with 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 us via email or telephone 020 7924 2949 to discuss your needs and to get a quote.

Tasty treats from Share Catering

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. 


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

Progression pathways for disabled adults

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.

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. Don’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!

Dates for your diaries

Events calendar13th February 2015. Share Away Day.
19th May 2015. Share Student and Family Garden Party
13-14th June 2015. Open Garden Squares Weekend. Refreshments.
17th June 2015. Evening in the Share Garden. Drinks and canapes.
3rd November 2015. Share Annual Awards.
9th December 2015. Share Winter Celebration.
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