July 2014. Share Go Anywhere, Do Anything update. M&S local charity of the year. Share Student Voice. Meet Share's new catering trainee. Share music students take to the stage. Share out and about in the community. 
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Share Go Anywhere, Do Anything update

The first few months of Share's Go Anywhere, Do Anything project have been fun-packed and frantic! We have been super busy recruiting volunteers, running trips all over London and listening to some wonderful ideas about what makes a great day out!

We are thrilled to have seven new social buddies on the Go Anywhere, Do Anything team to accompany us on trips. Our social buddies have a wide and varied range of interests that they are excited about sharing with Share students. We have theatre goers and football fans among our numbers, people who enjoy sightseeing and shopping…you name it, we’re into it!

Social buddies

Charlotte and JoyceJuly has been gloriously sunny so far, and we have made the most of it! We had a great evening on London’s Southbank earlier this month, and enjoyed a picnic by the London Eye on one of the warmest days of the year. 

AmandaWe then headed to a show at the South Bank Centre Udderbelly Festival where we watched some spectacular stunts performed by a troop of Australian Acrobats. We had a fantastic time, and especially enjoyed throwing bouncy balls at the performers to knock them off balance! We had lots of laughs, and even managed to get autographs at the end of the show.

Find out more about our first few months going anywhere, doing anything and check out more great photos on our Facebook page.


Community links for Go Anywhere, Do Anything

Our links with the community are critical to the success of any project as ambitious as Share's Go Anywhere, Do Anything venture, so we are extremely grateful to those who have already welcomed our students and others who are keen to back our ultimate mission – to make entertainment, leisure and sports events accessible to disabled users.

The SouthBank Centre deserves special mention for being incredibly helpful towards our party, and very user friendly for disabled access customers. In addition, we are working with Battersea Arts Centre and London Southbank University to develop new community links, so watch this space for more news!

LeeFest logoParticular thanks must also go to LeeFest, a small music festival organised by a not-for-profit organisation, which has donated six tickets for our students and volunteers, so we are all looking forward to heading to south London on 26th July 2014 to capture some LeeFest spirit!

Go Anywhere, Do Anything Student Steering Group

KellieThis month, Share students, Kellie, Jodian and Daniel, made an amazing contribution to Go Anywhere, Do Anything as the first members of its Student Steering Group. They have been working hard to quality check all the decisions made by Share staff Jenny, Leanne, Annie and Robert and have also come up with some excellent suggestions for trips and days out.

JodianDaniel and Jodian both helped to deliver training during an induction day for Go Anywhere, Do Anything volunteers in June. They were absolute professionals and helped to make the day a great success. We had 100% positive feedback from all our social buddies about the quality of the training. So well done guys!

DanielThere will be ongoing opportunities for students to join the Steering Group throughout the project to inject new and fresh ideas, and to encourage wider participation throughout Share.
To find out more about Share's Go Anywhere, Do Anything project, visit Share's website, or email or telephone 020 7801 9813/9825.

Share chosen for M&S Clapham South Charity of the Year

M&S logoThe staff at Marks and Spencer (M&S) Clapham South Simply Food have chosen Share as their charity of the year for support, so we are very much looking forward to working with them over the coming year to fundraise and involve them in our work.

Over the next few weeks, Share and its students will be fundraising in-store, which is based near Clapham South tube station, so do come and say hello! 

Thank you to everyone at M&S Clapham South for supporting us!

Giving Share students a voice

Student Voice

Share has launched Student Voice, a representative body for all Share students to meet and discuss their views about Share. It is also an opportunity for students from different projects within Share to come together and socialise.

Top tips for student lifeThe aim of Student Voice is to give our students a vehicle for raising their concerns about current issues, and for suggesting improvements at Share, whether it be related to the training they receive or any other aspect of life at Share. The agenda is set entirely by the students themselves, and each meeting is organised with only the help of a few key volunteers. Students all have a vote on how they would like their views to be taken forward. All Share students are members of Student Voice and meetings take place once a month.

In addition, we have put together some top tips for student life at Share, which includes 10 easy to follow guidance notes for students on how to get make the most of their time at Share.

To find out more, contact Share's wellbeing coordinator, Keesha Sinclair, via email or telephone 020 7801 9812.

Gender-specific peer support for Share students

Men and women's groups
Share is also launching two groups – one for men and one for women – for students to discuss particular gender-specific topics to give everyone a voice to speak up about the issues that are important to them.

Quite often, our students are looking for peer support rather that staff support, so at Share we are keen to encourage any peer-led discussions that will help our students to better state their opinions.

Both groups will be facilitated by wellbeing volunteers.

To find out more, contact Share's wellbeing coordinator, Keesha Sinclair, via email or telephone 020 7801 9812.

Share students take to the musical stage

Music is an important part of Share's life skills course. We run a music group every week, and our music teacher, Frances Barrett, also teaches a special musicianship course for those students who would like to take their love of music to the next level.

Our students also take part in LSO Create, a special group for adults with learning disabilities that meets once a month to create music with musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra and to try playing different instruments.

Westcombe BrassJune was therefore a busy month musically speaking. First, Westcombe Brass quintet visited Share with Live Music Now to perform for Share students at Share.

Westcombe Brass visit
Sachelle at LSO
Afterwards, Frances spoke with Wandsworth Radio about how Share's students prepared for the concert and their experience in playing with professional musicians.

Find out more about Share's Muscianship programme, or contact Frances for more information via email or telephone 020 7924 2949.

Student focus: Meet Rachel – a catering trainee at Share and a star in the making

Rachel joined Share a few months ago as part of our Catering Traineeship. And in a relatively short period of time, she has blossomed, gaining confidence all the time and looking to the future when she hopes to secure a job in catering.

Rachel is currently working towards a Level 2 qualification in catering at Share. As well as gaining practical work experience in the Share Kitchen preparing lunch for other students, volunteers and staff two days a week, Rachel studies Maths and English for one day a week, and spends day 4 with Share's job coach, who helps Rachel get ready for work by advising and helping her with her job search. 

During her time with us, Rachel has had the opportunity to undertake practical experience at two very different events at Share. First, she was an instrumental member of the team that prepared the food for our Evening in the Garden summer party in June, and after a quick change from chef to waiter, Rachel was on centre stage serving guests. Rachel then helped Share on our stall at the Northcote Road Fete in the beginning of July, serving tasters to the public and engaging customers.

This has helped Rachel to gain valuable catering, customer service, time management and communication skills, while building on her previous work experience, which included working at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in 2013, when she spent two weeks working in the restaurant kitchen preparing food, and working in the kitchen at her old primary school. 

Rachel has taken everything very much in her stride, although she admits she was a little nervous at first as she didn't know what to expect. 

Rachel is currently applying for jobs at various pubs, schools and restaurants.

 A big well done to you Rachel – you are truly a star in the making!
Visit the Share website to find out more about Share's Traineeship programmes or contact Robert Boyce, Share's head of training via email or telephone 020 7924 2949.

New Friends, a poem by Leon

Leon recently visited Share for a taster day. He admits to having a fascination for words, so following his visit, he wrote this lovely poem for us about New Friends. Read the full poem on Share's website.

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Share training

Study options at ShareShare's training is aimed at disabled adults, including those with learning disabilities, physical/sensory impairments, autism, and mental health needs.  

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.

Our traineeship programme is specially designed to support young disabled adults to gain skills that will help them into paid employment or an apprenticeship in horticulture or catering.

For more information, contact Robert Boyce, Share's head of training, via email or telephone 020 7801 9815

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 or telephone 020 7801 9815
  • Use our social enterprises, Share Catering and Share Gardening, which provide catering and gardening services for individuals and businesses. For more information, email or
  • Volunteer your time, expertise and experience. Share your special talent with Share. Contact Leanne Brayne, Share's HR officer, via email 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 or telephone 020 7801 9821
  • Share logoFundraise 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 or telephone 020 7801 9821
  • Put your business on the Share Community Map. Submit your venue for consideration or contact Kavita Bowry, Share's communications and development coordinator, via email or telephone 020 7801 9821
  • Donate. As a registered charity, we rely on our supporters and partners to help us continue the work we do and develop our links in the community
  • Remember us in your Will. Contact Annie McDowall, Share's chief executive, via email or telephone 020 7801 9817
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Out and about in the community

Share at Whole Foods Market Clapham JunctionIt has certainly been non-stop at Share HQ with lots of summer events over the past few weeks.

Following our Evening in the Garden summer party, we opened up the Share Garden in Tooting for Open Garden Squares Weekend. With 2.5 acres to explore, this hidden gem of a garden, all looked after by Share students as part of their horticulture course, has much to offer, including our Bee Lovely Garden, sponsored by Neal's Yard Remedies, wildlife pond and polytunnels brimming with plants for sale for visitors to take home some colour and culinary delights. With tea and cake from the Share Kitchen to recharge those batteries while enjoying the tranquillity of garden, we had a little bit of everything for everyone.

After that, we took up our posts at Whole Foods Market in Clapham Junction who held a 5% day for us, raising over £600 during the day, so a big thank you to everyone at Whole Foods Market for their support and warm welcome.
Share at Northcote Road
Fundraising at Northcote Road
Then it was off to Northcote Road Fete in July to show off the best of Share Catering and Share Gardening.

We had plants for sales as well as healthy foodie treats from the Share Kitchen, including our Chef Kenny's special Jamaican fruit punch, smoothies and refreshing fruit kebabs. 

SDS LondonWe raised over £450 during the day, so thank you to everyone for their support, particularly our corporate sponsors SDS London, who ran a prize draw in aid of Share.

We're keen to do more to connect in the local community, so whether you are an individual or a business, please do get in touch if you would like to partner with us. Email or telephone 020 7801 9821 for more information.

Upcoming events

We are getting ready for our annual garden party on 14th August between 11am and 3pm for our students, their families and carers, and our partners and supporters, so we would love you to join us for a fun-filled day and some lunch. If you'd like to come along, please RSVP by emailing by 4th August 2014.

14 August. Student and Family/Carer Garden Party, with fun and games, music and dance, and lunch, kindly provided by the Tooting Business Network.
13 September. Bellevue Village Fair. Market stall with plant sales, cakes, and much more!
4 November. Share Annual Student Awards. Wandsworth Civic Suite, Wandsworth.