This fundraising event is a chance to network with our partners, sponsors and others in the local business community. It's a chance to learn more about Share and how you might get involved in our work.
Music kindly provided by Treblemakers, a cappella singing group.
Drinks and canapés provided by Share Catering, Share's social enterprise providing safe and supported employment for disabled people.
With four seasons in one day, it wasn't quite traditional 'Summer' weather, but that didn't stop the fun at this year's Share Summer Garden Party!
Great to seethe new Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Nicola Nardelli, at the event – thank you so much for lending your support for our entry in the Aviva Community Fund Competition.
This year's top raffle prize – a family day out at the National Trust's property, Polesden Lacey, and a gift basket of goodies, went to Share student Michael, who studies catering and horticulture with us. Thank you to Polseden Lacey and all the other companies who donated prizes for the raffle (Little India, Cushion Crazy, Boots Clapham Junction and Gurkha's Diner in Balham).
Thank you also to Adrian Fraser for providing the music on the day, and helping us to forget about the inclement weather raining and hailing down on us!
A big thank you as always to the Tooting Business Network who once again kindly sponsored the event in association with the Khalsa Centre. We hope you all know how much we appreciate your continued support – we couldn't do any of it without your help – this event has become the mainstay in Share's social calendar, and one that our students very much look forward to each year. So our very heartfelt thanks to everyone for their generosity.
Questions from the floor from Share students included how to get a job as a disabled person, affordable housing, transport allowances, the economy and continued and sustainable funding for organisations such as Share.
We are very grateful to everyone who took part. It is extremely important that our students get a chance to voice their opinions and concerns, and to know that they are being heard.
How does your garden grow? Let Share Gardening lend you a hand
For those of you who need an extra helping hand to get your garden looking its best for the summer, Share Gardening provides garden maintenance and planting services for individuals and businesses in the community.
Our senior gardener, Elke Pagitz, working with our team of graduates from Share's horticulture training programme can help with anything from general maintenance to complete garden makeovers.
Planning a party or event? Let Share Catering do the honours
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.
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 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.
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
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