How to join Share

Getting down to studyIf you would like to study at Share or would simply like to find out more about our courses and what we have on offer, email info@sharecommunity.org.uk or telephone 020 7801 9812 to arrange a visit.

Alternatively, fill in our initial inquiry form, and we will get in touch with you.

We will discuss your options with you and discuss how many days you would like to come to Share for and which subjects you would like to study.

We will also discuss our pricing with you and your options for payment to attend Share. If you would like to attend one of Share's courses, you have the following payment options:

  • Use your personal budget. If you have a personal budget and you are receiving your direct payments, email info@sharecommunity.org.uk or telephone 020 7801 9812
  • Referral by a social worker or health worker. If you don't have a personal budget, your social worker or health worker can refer you to Share. If you let them know you would like to study at Share, we will work with them to get you signed up.
  • Self-fund. If you can afford to pay for your studies from your own funds, email info@sharecommunity.org.uk or telephone 020 7801 9812

Important information

Working together to create your learning planFor anyone interested in joining Share or if you would like to refer a client, here is some important information about our referral process:

  • Students can be referred by a social worker, health worker and other professional workers such as Disability Employment Advisers and Support Brokers
  • The cost of coming to Share depends on the numbers of days a student would like to attend Share, but we also offer discounts if more than five students are referred to Share from a single social work team
  • Students can come to Share for a minimum of half a day and a maximum of five days a week, Monday to Friday
  • The particular days of the week that a student attends Share are arranged in a consultation with the student and course tutors
  • Share operates a regular review system for all its students. For students who have an allocated social worker, reviews are usually held at three, six or 12 monthly intervals at Share, depending on each individual's specific needs

Share reserves the right to call a review at any time if it is considered necessary.

Share requests that any student with personal care needs must arrange to have a personal assistant to help them, either through Social Services or Direct Payments.

Risk Assessments

Share ensures that a thorough risk assessment is carried out for each student during the initial inquiry process. Due to the vulnerable nature of Share's client group, we hold the right to refuse applicants that have a history of sexual violence towards others.

Referral to other services

Finding the right service for your needsThere will be occasions when, in order to provide a client with the most appropriate service or opportunity, he or she will be offered a referral to one or more of the following:

  • A colleague within Share
  • An external support organisation
  • Employers and/or training providers

In arranging and implementing referrals, Share staff will:

  • Obtain the client's agreement for referral after explaining clearly the reasons for the proposed referral
  • Explain the referral process to clients so that they are aware of what is expected of them, what they need to do and how the referral colleague or organisation will work
  • Highlight what, if any, continuing responsibility the Share staff member making the referral will have towards the client and provide written confirmation of this
  • Ensure that referrals are appropriate to the needs and abilities of the client
  • Ensure that referrals match the basic requirements of any third party
  • Follow the Share Confidentiality Policy
  • Make referrals within five working days of the date of agreement with the client
  • Keep records of all referrals
  • Monitor the outcomes of all referrals to see whether or not the client is satisfied with the results
  • Give clients accurate and up to date information about referral organisations including name, location, contact details, area of expertise, and name of a contact (where possible)
  • Establish appropriate arrangements with external organisations to facilitate referrals

For any further information, email info@sharecommunity.org.uk or call 020 7801 9812