August 2015 Fundraising from the Mayor of Wandsworth 2014/15. Neal's Yard Remedies working with Share. Small charities in challenging times. Go Anywhere, Do Anything first year report. Corporate volunteering with Benefacto. Share Annual Awards 2015.
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Mayor of Wandsworth fundraising in 2014/15 for Share

Share CommunityShare's Chief Executive, Annie McDowall, was invited to Wandsworth Town Hall earlier this month to pick up a cheque for £11,050 from the previous Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Stuart Thom, who hosted a number of fundraising events for three charities, including Share, during his mayoral year in 2014/15.

Annie with Cllr Stuart ThomHuge thanks to Cllr Thom for his continued support. The money will help Share to carry on its work to provide enhanced health and wellbeing services for our students.


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Neal's Yard Remedies Clapham Junction chooses Share as its local charity of the year

Neal's Yard Remedies logo

Share is very excited to have been chosen by the Clapham Junction store of Neal's Yard Remedies as its local charity of the year.

This collaboration follows the success of Share's Bee Lovely Garden, kindly sponsored by Neal's Yard Remedies in 2013, which is set within Share's 2.5-acre garden in the grounds of Springfield University Hospital in Tooting. And as this garden continues to thrive, we are building bee, bug and bird boxes as part of another Neal's Yard Remedies project.

This work has been the product of Neal's Yard Remedies' Bee Lovely Campaign, which was launched in 2011 and as part of which the company is currently petitioning the Government to save bees by keeping the ban on harmful pesticides in place. For more information or to sign the petition visit

Read more about Share's Bee Lovely Work with Neal's Yard Remedies...
The Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Garden before and after...check out more photos of Share's Bee Lovely Garden on our Facebook page, which show how the garden has developed over time.

Challenging times continue for small charities

Annie McDowallShare's Chief Executive, Annie McDowall, has worked in the voluntary sector for over 25 years, and has been reflecting on the continuing challenges facing small charities in recent times.

While working hard to remain ever positive, Annie discusses the very obvious economic challenges that are faced by the not-for-profit sector today and the continuing need for innovation on a diminishing budget. And all of this balanced with the underlying and innate passion of all those who work in this sector – that being that we all want to provide the absolute best service we can for those who rely on us.

Annie first wrote this blog in 2013 for Back Britain's Charities and decided to update it recently for Share's website. The stark reality and very sobering message seems to be that many of the same challenges remain as true today as they did two years ago.

Read Annie's personal reflections in full...

Share Go Anywhere, Do Anything Year 1 report published

Go Anywhere, Do Anything LondonLaunched in May 2014, Share's Go Anywhere, Do Anything project set out to find out what made people happy and then make it happen while having fun along the way! And if findings of the project's first year report are anything to go by, we have taken great strides towards this laudable aim.

Go Anywhere, Do Anything members, all of whom have learning disabilities, say the project gives them something to look forward to, and that they feel happier and more confident, and enjoy making new friends.

This project also showcases the importance of volunteering – so far, volunteer social buddies have donated 400 hours of their time!

Read more about the findings of Go Anywhere, Do Anything's Year 1 report...

Read the full Year 1 report...

Benefacto volunteers benefit Share

Benefacto logoOver the past month, we welcomed a number of volunteers from Benefacto, a social enterprise that matches corporate volunteers (usually individuals and pairs, rather than big groups) with small charities in London.

Our first volunteer from Benefacto was Laura Muller, who works at Accenture as a digital analytics consultant, helping companies to improve their use of digital technology, joined Share students, Annie and Rumina, in the Share Garden helping them to make a start on their latest mosaic project – the Share logo, which once complete, will be hung outside the Share Garden.

William Haldane, an analyst who also works at Accenture, joined our life skills classes (seen here with Vishal and Rehan), and we have more volunteers signed up to join us over the coming weeks.

Read more about Share's work with Benefacto and what volunteers said about their time with Share...

Riding for Share raises over £600

Bupa London 10kThank you to Vil Vijayan who took part in the 100-mile London to Surrey Prudential Cycle Ride on 2nd August 2015 in support of Share.

Vil completed the ride in just under 7.5 hours and raised over £600 for Share.

If you would like to support Vil and Share, there is still time to donate via Vil's fundraising page.
Donate to Vil's fundraising page

Share Annual Awards Ceremony and Lunch

A date for your diary

Annual Awards 2015 DateSterling Media logoShare's Annual Awards Ceremony takes place on Tuesday 3rd November 2015. Our students have been working hard throughout the year, so we are very much looking forward to celebrating their achievements with their friends and families, and our partners and supporters.

Many thanks to Sterling Media which has once again agreed to sponsor the event, in association with the Khalsa Centre in Tooting.

Invitations will be sent out over the next few weeks, but you can register for the event online now.

Scope's End the Awkward campaign

Disability charity Scope has teamed up with Channel 4 to produce a number of shorts aimed at challenging wider perceptions of disability, where around two-thirds of people admit to feeling awkward around disabled people. The End the Awkward videos are based on real-life stories, and highlight what not to do around disabled people.

Do you have an a story to share? Submit your own awkward story

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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