April 2015 Invitation to Share's summer garden events. Share Election Question Time. Marathon man raises over £1000. Former student running for Share. Mayor's Boat Race Party. New face at Go Anywhere, Do Anything. Share students beating the drums with Tom Morley. Student focus: Karina.
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Party, party, party...

Your invitation to Share's summer events in our gorgeous garden

The sun is shining, spring has sprung, and the Share Garden is getting ready to bloom. Which means only one is time to party...and we have a number of events to show off our beautiful garden over the next couple of months.

Share Summer Garden Party, Tuesday 19th May 2015, 11:30am to 3:00pm, with lunch
Kindly sponsored by the Tooting Business Network and supported by the Khalsa Centre

Summer Garden PartyThis is a chance for our students, their families/carers and friends, and our invited guests to enjoy a fun day with music, dance, games and activities, and lunch. We'll have plants for sale, and of course our annual raffle with great prizes.

To book your place, register online or email Kavita Bowry at or telephone 020 7801 9821.

Share Evening in the Garden, Wednesday 17th June 2015, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, with drinks and canapés
In association with the Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce

Evening in the GardenThis fundraising event is a chance to network with others in the local community, while learning more about Share and how you might get involved in our work, with music kindly provided by Treblemakers, a cappella singing group. Drinks and canapés provided by Share Catering.

To book your place, register online or email Kavita Bowry at or telephone 020 7801 9821.

Open Garden Squares Weekend, 13th and 14th June 2015, from 10am to 5pm
Open Garden Squares WeekendFor all those keen gardeners out there (or anyone who would simply like to find a little green oasis among the city buzz), the Share Garden will once again be open for Open Garden Squares Weekend. We'll have tea and refreshments provided by Share Catering, and plants and other garden produce for sale. Tickets for the event are £10 in advance (or £12 on the weekend) which gives you access to all the gardens open for the weekend, or £4 for a single garden. Book your tickets now at

Check out this recent article to find out more about the lovely Share Garden and our horticulture work with disabled people published in Tooting Daily Press.
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Election question local party candidates at Share
Tuesday 28th April 2015, 2:15pm, with tea and refreshments provided
at Share HQ, 64 Altenburg Gardens, London SW11 1JL

Share Election Question Time
Just in case you missed it...we are going to be having a General Election in just a few days' time!

So Share has organised an Election Question Time, with a special focus on issues affecting disabled people. All Share students, families/carers and other interested folk are invited to meet local candidates Jane Ellison from the Conservatives, Will Martindale from Labour, Philip Ling from the Liberal Democrats, and Tom Killick from the Green Party, attending on behalf of Esther Obiri-Darko.

This is a chance to ask your questions and share your views about the issues that matter to you.

The venue is accessible for wheelchairs. Please let us know if you require a BSL interpreter.

To reserve your place, email or telephone 020 7924 2949.

Polling stationInformation about voting for disabled people

Of course, every vote matters and it is vital that everyone who is eligible to do so gets the chance to vote. Here is some useful information about voting for people with learning disabilities.

More information is also available on the Promote the Vote website, which provides a step-by-step guide on how to go about making that all important mark and voicing your opinion come polling day.

Thank you to Derek Harrison for a fantastic run

Annie with Derek at the finish lineDerek Harrison who ran this year's Brighton Marathon earlier this month to raise money for Share and in memory of his mother, Lily Harrison, crossed the finish line in an amazing 3 hours 39 minutes!

The money raised will be used to deliver Share's sports programme. Obesity-related illnesses and mental health are a cause for concern for many disabled people, so we are keen to tackle these important issues by helping to improve our students' health and wellbeing through physical exercise and sport.

Many thanks to Derek who has raised more than £1000 for Share's sports programme so far. If you would like to donate, visit

Check out the marathon man in action, with commentary provided by our very own Chief Executive, Annie McDowall, pictured above with Derek after the race.

Former Share student running for Share in the Bupa London 10k race in May

Daniel and familyWe are immensely grateful and touched by former student Daniel McGuane's decision to run for Share in the forthcoming Bupa London 10k race on Monday 25th May 2015.

A few years ago, Daniel gained additional qualifications through Share and used Share's employment service to get a job. Daniel now works as an administrator for a large medical centre and is looking forward to the future with his two young sons.

Daniel's personal connection with Share goes further – his father, Steve, who was injured in a motorbike accident many years ago, also studied at Share and now works at Share as an IT tutor.

Many thanks to Daniel for running for Share...and thanks for thinking of us!
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Mayor of Wandsworth's Boat Race Tea Party

Share Catering team with the Mayor of WandsworthIt was an historic day, and Share was there! This year was the first time in the history of the Oxford and Cambridge boat race that both the men's and women's races were held on the same day.

JodianAnd all this while enjoying the Mayor of Wandsworth's hospitality at the T.S.Challenger for afternoon tea, organised as a fundraising event for the mayor's charities of the year, one of which is Share. Not only that but Share Catering was very pleased to be catering for the event - so a big thank you to Rachel and Jodian, who worked with chef and catering tutor, Kenny, and did a grand job to prepare and serve some yummy treats for all the guests.


New face at Share Go Anywhere, Do Anything

Joe FittonA big Share welcome to Joe Fitton, who joined us earlier this month as a project development officer for Share's Go Anywhere, Do Anything project. However, Joe is actually no stranger to Share, having volunteered as one of our Go Anywhere, Do Anything social buddies over the past six months.

Anand with JoeJoe studied learning disability nursing and social work, and has a degree in music technology. He has a strong background in advocacy, and also works at Advocacy for All for the rest of his working week, a charity for which he was previously a trustee.

Joe will be job-sharing the post with the current project development officer, Jenny Ash, who is reducing her hours.

Share's 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.

Djembe drumming workshop at Share

Tom MorleyIt was a privilege to have Tom Morley, who used to play drums with Scritti Politti in his 20s, at Share earlier this month to hold a djembe drumming workshop for Share's music students.

The session included a variety of exercises, some set pieces and some improvisations, which gave our students a chance to show off their own talent for rhythm, using the skills they had learned as part of their music lessons at Share.

Share drumsOur music course aims to teach students the essence and principles of different genres of music, allowing them to develop both as individuals and as part of a team. The course is all about learning to listen as well as playing and making music, whether it be a well-known piece or one created in-house. Aside from pure entertainment and enjoyment, we've found that these classes and activities help to raise self-esteem and confidence among all the students who take part.

To find out more about Share's music course and our muscianship programme, email Share's music tutor, Frances Barrett or telephone 020 7924 2949.

Student focus: Karina – an amazing DJ and a real charmer!

KarinaKarina joined Share in 2013, and studies digital skills and life skills with us.

Karina has cerebal palsy and epilepsy, and paralysis that affects her leg muscles. She uses a motorised wheelchair and travels independently around London, but has personal support from a carer to help her whenever she needs it.

Karina picking up her certificatesLife at Share
At Share, Karina is very comfortable using all forms of technology, but particularly enjoys learning on the iPad. As part of her life skills course, she has been learning about safety in the home, looking after yourself and being healthy. One of her key aims is to enhance her reading skills. In her art and crafts classes, Karina has been learning to sew and felt, and has recently started painting with her mouth. And, amazingly, she still finds time to attend Share's creative writing course once a week!

During her time at Share, Karina has also been cycling with Share (see video below) – when asked about whether she'd like to go cycling again, she laughs and responds, 'I wouldn't say no'.

DJ KarinaLife as a DJ
Karina has many personal interests, especially music. She DJs on a regular basis, including at Share events, where she certainly had us dancing till we drop, and she also sings in a gospel choir.

Karina, the charming (if cheeky!) personality
Karina is an interesting, bubbly, cheerful and happy person, always carrying a huge smile. Often cheeky, with a wry sense of humour, she certainly keeps everyone at Share on their toes (and that's without running us all over in her motorised wheelchair – an amazing driver, we're convinced she could give Lewis Hamilton a run for his money!).

Karina and JoyceThe future
Looking to the future, Karina would like to develop her DJing skills, and would also like a job supporting other people at Share. Speaking about her time at Share, Karina says she's enjoyed having the opportunity to DJ at Share events and notes, 'Share has friendly people who help me to get the best out of my life.'
Karina goes cycling with Share and Wheels for Wellbeing

Have your say...

Don't forget to take part in the Government's consultation, ‘No voice unheard, no right ignored – a consultation for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions’, which aims to solicit the views of disabled people, their families, those working in the sector and other interested parties. The consultation ends on 29th May 2015.

Other news

Breast cancer awareness Breast cancer awareness session, 29th April 2015, 11:30am to 1pm. Share is running a breast cancer awareness event with Wandsworth Care Alliance at Share for all our female students. A cancer screening nurse will be attending to talk about how to look after your breasts, and there will be a chance to ask questions. For further information, email Ayo at or call 020 8516 7768.
Safety awarenessSafety awareness follow-up. Following the success of Share's safety awareness workshop in mid-January, we were delighted to have local Police Community Support Officers return to Share with representatives from the Fire Brigade to run another workshop on being safe at home, especially important for those living independently.
Annie, Will and EddieAnd just never know who you're going to bump into on the streets of Battersea...Share's Chief Executive, Annie McDowall, manages to grab the ultimate selfie in Northcote Road, with none other than Eddie Izzard doing the honours!

Blooming garden or weedy jungle? Share Gardening can help...

Share Gardening teamFor 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.

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

Catering trainingAre 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

19th May 2015. Share Student and Family Garden Party. Book your place now!
13-14th June 2015. Open Garden Squares Weekend. Refreshments. Book your tickets now!
17th June 2015. Evening in the Share Garden. Drinks and canapés. Book your place now!
3rd November 2015. Share Annual Awards
9th December 2015. Share Winter Celebration
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