March 2015 Public consultation on rights for disabled people. Tribute to Lily Harrison MBE. Mayoral fundraising events. Share gets active. Share Carers' Survey. Student focus: Rehan. Men are from Mars, women are from Venus.
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Public consultation on rights for disabled people

The Government has published a consultation paper, ‘No voice unheard, no right ignored – a consultation for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions’, to solicit the views of disabled people, their families, those working in the sector and other interested parties.

It covers a number of key areas:

  • Rights
  • Family involvement
  • The Mental Health Act
  • Social workers
  • Personal budgets

For more information, see this quick guide published in the Guardian.

The consultation ends on 29th May 2015, so we encourage everyone to take part to make sure your views are heard.

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A tribute to Lily Harrison MBE, a former Share trustee

Lily Harrison MBEEveryone at Share was very sad to hear that Lily Harrison MBE, a long-term supporter of Share and a trustee for many years, passed away earlier this month, aged 90.

She was a tireless volunteer and passionate supporter of community organisations in Wandsworth, including Share.

A tribute in this week's Wandsworth Guardian describes her as a passionate woman who dedicated her life to the people of Battersea. And we definitely remember her with fond memories. Share's Chief Executive, Annie McDowall, said 'I think she was dear to anyone who was lucky enough to count her as a friend, and I certainly feel privileged to have known her.'

Lily and her family have had a long association with Share. Lily's late husband Herbert was also a trustee and chair of Share back in the 1980s, and their son, Derek, a hugely successful marathon runner (with over 60 marathons under his belt), continues to fundraise in support of Share.

Lily and DerekDerek (pictured here with Lily) is once again running for Share in this year's Brighton Marathon on 12th April 2015, in his mother's honour, particularly poignant as it would have been Lily's 91st birthday on 13th April.

Thank you to Derek for thinking of Share at this sad time, and our sincerest condolences to all the family.

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Mayor of Wandsworth's fundraising events

Mayor of Wandsworth Councillor Stuart ThomWe have been honoured over the past year to be supported by Councillor Stuart Thom, Mayor of Wandsworth, as one of his three mayoral charities of the year.

Over the next few months, the Mayor is organising a number of fundraising events to benefit his charities.

Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Day Party, 11th April 2015, 3.30pm to 7pm.
Boat raceThe Mayor is holding a Boat Race Day Party at the T.S. Challenger with afternoon tea at 3.30pm followed by drinks. Situated on Putney Embankment with a fine view of the river, this venue will give guests a prime position to see this historic race.

Tickets £30 each, with afternoon tea lovingly prepared by Share Catering

Mayor's Golf Day, 23rd April 2015, starting 12.00 midday.
Golf DayApplications are also invited for teams of four players with a maximum handicap of 28 for men and 36 for women to join the Mayor for a fundraising Golf Day. The cost for each player is £60.00, which includes a round of golf, a bacon roll and coffee, a three-course dinner and prizes.

A number of corporate sponsorship packages are also available.

For more information about either of these events, visit Share's website, or contact Pat Battista at the Mayor's office via email or telephone  020 8871 6044.

Share gets active

Share ActiveAs part of Share's continuing health and wellbeing drive to get our students active, we are working together with Disability Sports Coach to build a programme of sports activities for students.

So, over the next few weeks we'll be working to provide sessions for Zumba, boccia and soft basketball. In addition, students will have the opportunity to try their hand at table tennis, pool and table football.

Share Carers' Survey

Carers' surveyEach year, Share surveys each of its key stakeholders to make sure that the services we provide continue to fulfil everyone's needs.

Your views are very important to us, so we are asking all carers to take a few minutes to complete our Carers' Survey.

Your answers will help us to develop our services over the coming year, and to better understand your needs.
You can complete the survey online at All surveys must be completed by the 31st March 2015.
Prize draw
As a thank you for completing the Carers' Survey, we will enter you into a prize draw to win a £25 gift voucher, more details of which can be found at the end of the survey.

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Student focus: Rehan – a very fine artist and Share's 'visual scribe'

Rehan at the Science museumRehan joined Share in 2009. He studies Life Skills, Music and IT, and has recently been on a number of trips with Share's Go Anywhere, Do Anything programme.

Rehan pencil drawingRehan is a quiet, thoughtful and gentle young man who is a very talented artist, as you can see from the artwork pictured here. He loves watching people and doesn't miss a thing, something we've noticed in his artwork, which shows an innate eye for detail.

Rehan self portraitHis tutors note that he has a deep visual understanding of emotion, which makes for extremely expressive illustrations that convey meaning for everyone. 

Learning to cope with change
Rehan portraitRehan finds it difficult to understand the way that people behave and that things can change. When Rehan first arrived at Share, he was extremely quiet, found it difficult to say more than one word and could only stare at those around him. He liked to do the same things the same way each week and did not like to go out of the building to anywhere different.  

Rehan cyclingOver time, we have seen him grow in confidence to the point where he is now much more relaxed and comfortable, is making decisions for himself, and is often the first one to put his name down for external visits.

He is also better able to portray enjoyment of the activities at Share and the company of other students and staff, and is becoming more expressive, both verbally and by way of his body language. He has many friends and gets a lot of pleasure sitting and listening to their conversations, and can often be seen giggling.

Communicating through art
Rehan outdoor artAt Share, Rehan has taken on the role of 'visual scribe' in his classes. He will therefore listen closely to a ‘brief’ and loves drawing scenarios and situations on the whiteboard to help other members of his class gain a better understanding of the topics being discussed.

Rehan summerRehan uses a variety of different media for his artwork, including pencils, watercolours, acrylics and, more recently, with his love of IT, digital media. We have also seen a move away from flat two-dimensional artwork to more complex, textured graphics.

What is a question?
Rehan dogOne of the key things Rehan is currently learning about is the concept of what a question is. He's learning how to answer questions, taking time to consider which words to use to forge a response about his decisions and thoughts. Likewise, he is able to ask questions himself, and is gradually carrying a more adult air about him.
Rehan taxiRehan carRehan 2CV
The future
With the help of Share staff, Rehan is discovering and exploring his own character and talents.

Looking to the future, Rehan is not sure about having a job or getting paid to do something, but it is not something he has discounted in the future - when he last spoke about this, he said, 'I will think about it'.
Rehan with social buddy JoeRehan in Space at the Science Museum

We've proved it: men are from Mars, women are from venus!

Share's creative writing class, which runs every week at Share, has been studying feelings and emotions. A recent session looked at happiness. Students were asked to get into two groups, cut out magazine images that made them happy and stick them onto a poster around some poems they had written.

By accident rather than design, we ended up with a group of girls and a group of boys. The girls' poster shows images of chocolates, shoes, music and people, while the boys' poster is covered in pictures of women!

So there you go, now you know what makes the world truly happy!

Happiness according to girlsHappiness according to boys

Gardening tips from Share Gardening

Share Gardening teamMarch is an important time for the garden if you are to enjoy the fruits of your labours later in the season. Check out our gardening tips for this month to help you spring into action.

And for those of you who need an extra helping hand, Share Gardening provides garden maintenance and planting services for individuals and businesses in the community.

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

Life 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.

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 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 diary

Events calendar

11th April 2015. Boat Race Day Tea Party. Mayor of Wandsworth fundraising event
23rd April 2015. Golf Day. Mayor of Wandsworth fundraising event
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 canapés
3rd November 2015. Share Annual Awards
9th December 2015. Share Winter Celebration
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