August 2016. Share Open Day. Share Carers' Group Meeting. Basic Skills eBay project. Music in the Community. How to stay cool in the summer heat. Magic moments at Share. Learning Disability Today Exhibition and Conference.
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As we enjoy some summer sun, we're looking ahead to a new academic year, as many head back to school or college. With this in mind, Share is holding an Open Day on Wednesday 14th September 2016 from 12.30pm to 3.30pm to help those looking to transition into adult learning in the coming year.

The event will follow on directly from Share's September Carers' Group Meeting which runs from 11am to 12.30pm (see below), and starts with lunch beautifully prepared for our guests by Share's catering students.

The Open Day will focus on autism and education for adults. You'll hear about our journey to becoming an autism-accredited organisation, and our initial findings from our Outcomes Star and how this will shape our curriculum for our Life Skills programme.

The Open Day is open to professionals working with disabled adults, as well as carers and potential students looking to take their next step, and is an opportunity for everyone to find out more about the services Share provides.

Find out more and register for Share's Open Day online or RSVP by emailing or telephone 020 7801 9821.

Coming up: Share Carers' Group Meeting

The next Share Carers’ Group Meeting takes place at 11.00am on Wednesday 14th September 2016 at Share, immediately before we kick off our Open Day with lunch (see above). The theme for this meeting is 'Working towards independence' and the meeting is for parents or carers who support any Share student.

So, ditch the diet for a day and join us for some coffee and cake, and share your thoughts and ideas about how we can help the person you care for become more independent. Then stay for lunch and our Open Day to learn more about the services Share can provide. 

To book your place for the Share Carers' Group Meeting, email Annie McDowall via, or telephone 020 7924 2949.

Carers meeting on 14th September 2016

Share's Basic Skills students take on eBay project

Basic Skills at workShare's Basic Skills students have been working on an eBay project to learn all about how to sell something on eBay. Students put together a project plan of all the steps involved and everything they needed to think about when selling something on eBay, from deciding what to sell and for how much, to photographing it and posting the advertisement on the eBay website, to making sure the right money had been received, to packaging it and sending it off to the successful bidder.

This project brings in a complex array of skills such as researching and knowledge gathering, and encourages joint working across the whole group with a view to achieving a collective objective.

eBay project plan

Share's CEO shares some magic moments

Marie and DavidShare's Chief Executive, Annie McDowall, writes about a recent encounter with one of our students, David. This, she says, is just what makes working at Share so rewarding and magical.

“’Ere!” said David as he burst into my room this afternoon. “You listening?”

He’s striking a pose in front of my desk and brandishing an iPad. “I’m listening,” I say.

“D’you know why Gabrielle’s my friend?”

“No, why?”

“Because every time I make a mistake, she’s there to help!”

I thought David had very neatly summed up what Share’s all about. We all make mistakes: we just need to know that there’ll be someone there to help us out without making a judgement. With brilliant staff who love helping people to learn, students grow in confidence. There are more smiles, much more laughing, and even the shyest people making friends. There’s a little bit of magic here every day. 

Earlier on, Shaun made eye contact, gave me the thumbs up and said hello. Up until now, I’ve always been first to say hello, and he’s tended to look away. Magic.

Cooling off in the summer heat

Share students cooling off in the summer heatSo summer finally arrived! For some of our students, seasonal changes can be a bit challenging and we need to encourage them to leave their winter clothes at home! 

One of our new missions is to help people to understand which clothes to wear for each type of weather, so that they don’t melt in the heat or freeze in the cold.

On the hottest day of the year, some of our students took refuge in our air-conditioned Immersive Learning Centre...seems like their thoughts were already turning to winter!

Have you got any tips to share on how to keep your cool in the summer heat? Tweet or send us a message.

Share music students in the community

Never ones to shy away from the stage, Share's Life Skills students were delighted to be invited to play a short musical concert as part of our local St Barnabas Church's coffee morning on 17th August 2016.

Community continues to play an important part of our work at Share, helping our students to get out and about, and play their part in our wider society. Thank you to everyone at St Barnabas Church for a very warm welcome.

Share music students in the community

Learning Disability Today Exhibition and Conference

Share will be exhibiting at this year's Learning Disability Today Exhibition on 29th November 2016 at the ILEC Conference Centre in London.

Here are just a few of the sessions taking place at the Conference:

  • Reframing challenging behaviour
  • Health Care: What do people with learning disabilities want?
  • Feeling Down: Understanding depression and what to do about it
  • Sex Education – getting it right and what to do when things go wrong

So do come along and say hello to the Share team. Tickets are £35 +VAT and can be booked online. A limited number of free tickets are available for people with learning disabilities and their carers – email to apply for free tickets.

About Share

Share provides training and employment support for disabled adults, including those with learning disabilities, physical/sensory impairments, autism and mental health needs.
Our core services include:
More details are outlined in Share's Services Table. Alternatively, for further information, visit Share's website, email or telephone 020 7924 2949.
If you would like to find out more about enrolling at Share or would like to arrange a visit, fill in our online enquiry form, email or telephone 020 7924 2949.

Find out more about other ways to get involved with Share

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Diary dates for 2016

14 September 2016 Share Open Day
8 November 2016 Share Annual Awards
29 November 2016 Learning Disabilities Today Exhibition and Conference

15 December 2016 Share Winter Celebration

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