September 2015 Your invitation to Share's Annual Awards 2015. Share's new My Life Worker. Asda Community Life – vote for Share. New cash till in the Share Café. Student focus – John and Suzanne. Share Go Anywhere, Do Anything at Wembley. Ugly Vegetable Champions 2015. Events coming up in September.
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Your invitation to the Share Annual Awards 2015

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Share Annual Awards Ceremony and Lunch

Sterling Media logoThis year's Annual Awards Ceremony, which takes place on Tuesday 3rd November 2015 between 11am and 3.30pm with lunch, has, once again, been kindly sponsored by Sterling Media Communications, in association with the Khalsa Centre.

Annual Awards 2015Share's Annual Awards event is an opportunity for us to celebrate the successes and achievements of our students with their friends and families, and our partners and supporters.

The event will be taking place at the Civic Suite in Wandsworth High Street and we very much hope you will be able to join us for this highlight in our academic year.

Online registration for the event is now open, so book your place now! Alternatively, please RSVP to Kavita Bowry via email or telephone 020 7801 9821.

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New My Life Worker joins Share's Wellbeing team

Mikayla MightonWe are delighted to welcome Mikayla Mighton who joined Share's wellbeing team as our My Life Worker earlier this month.

Mikayla studied social policy at university and has worked with adults with learning disabilities and mental health concerns for just over 10 years. She previously worked in supported housing, first as a support worker and later as a service manager.

Mikayla was inspired to pursue a career in the social sector working with disabled people after taking part in a Camp America Programme during which she worked at a summer camp for disabled adults and children in Chicago.

Mikayla will be working with our Wellbeing Coordinator to help our students through every step of their journey at Share.

Support Share at Asda Clapham Junction Battersea

Asda Community LifeIf you are shopping at the Asda Clapham Junction store in Battersea in September and October, please ask the cashier for a Community Life token and vote for Share!

Asda's Community Life ‘Chosen by you, given by us’ voting scheme supports local good causes, and if Share wins, we will receive a donation of £200 from the Asda Foundation.

So please don't forget to place your little green tokens in the Share box after you've completed your shopping at Asda Clapham Junction Battersea, and help us win!

New cash till in the Share Café

Cash till for Share CafeWe have installed a new cash till in the Share Café to support our students to use their money to pay for their lunch and drinks in a safe and 'real-world' environment. This is an extension of our life skills training and aims to help our students become more independent and comfortable handling money.

The new system will be put in place over the next few weeks, which means that students will no longer pay in advance for their food and drinks but, instead, will pay a cashier after they have collected their meal.

On the days that students attend Share, students should bring their lunch and drinks money with them as normal, but they will no longer be issued with lunch and drinks tickets at reception. Students will therefore need to hold on to their money until they are ready to purchase their lunch, drinks and snacks. Support will be provided to those who require assistance around using and managing their money.

We have also produced an an easy-read document outlining these changes to help all our students understand the changes we are making.

Student focus: John

John studies horticulture at Share and was one of the first students to complete the full Level 1 Certificate in Practical Horticulture Skills and is now working towards his Level 2 Certificate in the same qualification.

John lawnmowingHaving been part of Share's plant production team for some time, John recently decided to join the Share Gardening team, which means he now works on a number of off-site contracts with our senior gardener. Moving into wider garden maintenance represents a major change for John, and he seems to be loving the new responsibility this brings.

John is also an active member of Share's Go Anywhere, Do Anything programme, which he says makes him feel safer, happier, more independent and organised, and braver.
Read John's full story

Student update: Suzanne

SuzanneYou've met Suzanne in previous editions of this newsletter, but Suzanne received some great news earlier this month that we simply had to share with everyone!

After having volunteered and then been given a year's paid contract to work as a 'meet and greet' host at the Southbank Centre, Suzanne has just found out that she has been given a permanent contract at the Centre.

Suzanne is of course over the moon, and we are so very proud of everything she is achieving. Well done, Suzanne, and many congratulations!

Read Suzanne's full story

Share Go Anywhere, Do Anything at Wembley

This lucky bunch of people saw history being made when Wayne Rooney became England's all-time record goalscorer during England's match against Switzerland at Wembley earlier this month. Definitely something to remember and cherish for Share students Charlotte, Kelly, Harish and Hassan, and social buddies Karen, Paul and Rachel.

Share harvest at Tooting Foodival – we are Ugly Vegetable Champions 2015!

Check out Share's contribution to this year's Tooting Foodival. Not just that, but we won 1st prize for the best ugly veg with our curly red pepper!!!!!

Sadly, no photo of said ugly veg, but we had a beautiful 'bouquet' of curly kale! Visit the Foodival's website and see if you can spot our lovely horticulture manager, Jenny Shand.

Events coming up in September

26th September 2015. Southfields Abundance Harvest Festival
St Barnabas Church, Lavenham Road, London SW18 5EP. From 12 noon to 3pm.
Share will be attending the Southfields Abundance Harvest Festival. With cakes, and jams, chutneys and pestos, all made from produce from the Share Garden. Do come along and say hello!

Go Anywhere, Do Anything Fun Day27th September 2015 Share Go Anywhere, Do Anything Fun Day
George Shearing Centre, Este Road, London SW11 2TF. From 12 noon to 3pm.
Sports, including football, badminton, pool, basketball, table tennis and table football, music and dance, smoothies and healthy snacks, and a beauty pamper corner.

Share Go Anywhere, Do Anything supports people with learning disabilities to literally go anywhere and do anything they would like in and around London.

Please contact Leanne Wood on 020 7801 9825 if you or the person you support would like to attend Share's Fun Day.

Share Gardening

Share Gardening teamDo you need some help in your garden? 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.

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 – take the next step with Share

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.

As well as accredited courses in life and basic skillsdigital skillscatering and horticulture, we run short courses in bakingdigital skills for life and musicianship

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 hereStudy options at Share
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

Share Events

3rd November 2015
Share Annual Awards

9th December 2015
Share Winter Celebration
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