September 2016. Share Open Day. Lack of employment opportunities for people with learning disbilities. Live Music Now Afro Samba concert. Share Annual Awards 2016. Share Carer Survey 2016. Yes Chef! update. New staff for Share. Healthy living focus groups. Digital Day at Share.
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It was great to welcome many of you for our Open Day on 14th September 2016. As well as updating guests on our current developments, our Open Days are designed to provide more information about the work we do and help those who are looking to transition into adult learning.

Autism Accreditation - Open Day 2016This month's event focused on autism and education for adults – Keesha Sinclair, our Wellbeing Coordinator, and Julia Roxborough, our Life and Basic Skills Tutor, outlined our journey to becoming an autism-accredited organisation, and how our training and wellbeing teams are working together to ensure we provide the best possible training experience for all our students based on their individual interests and learning styles.

We're also keen to show the impact of our work to ensure we continue to develop programmes and services tailored specifically to the needs of our students, so the Open Day provided a good platform for us to share our initial findings from our first Outcomes Star readings. This work will be invaluable as we move forward to creating an integrated Life Skills and Wellbeing programme.

If you missed Share's Open Day but would like an information pack or would like to arrange a visit to Share, email or telephone 020 7801 9821.

Worrying lack of employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities

Earlier this month, we said goodbye and good luck to Tope, who has left Share to take up an apprenticeship with a catering social enterprise in north London.  This is great news and, much as we love our students, being at Share for most people should be a stepping stone rather than a lifetime commitment. 

Tope will be a superb employee. But in the month when we’ve cheered him into work, and when we’ve been inspired by the brilliance of our Paralympians, who’ve shown the world just how talented, determined and resourceful disabled people can be, it disturbs us to see the extent to which people with learning disabilities are being left behind. In 2010-11, the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities reported that only 6.6% of people with learning disabilities were in work. It rose to 7.1% in 2011-12, but by December 2015, it had fallen to 6%. Yet national surveys find that 65% of people with learning disabilities want to work – and that figure is reflected in our surveys at Share. 

There’s a huge challenge ahead. Evidence shows that supported employment works brilliantly for people with learning disabilities, but we need to invest in work preparation and supported employment schemes. Work gives people self-esteem, a standing in society, independence, money, social inclusion and much more. So we’re asking ourselves the serious and urgent question at Share: how can we support more of our students to realise their dreams of getting a real job?

Join the debate. Tell us your story. Are you disabled and working? Do you employ disabled people and people with learning disabilities? Can you help provide work experience and work opportunities for our students? Email Share's Chief Executive, Annie McDowall, via

Live Music Now brings a taste of Rio to Share

Share students had a little taste of Rio this summer with a live Afro Samba concert performed for us here at Share HQ.

Kindly organised with the help of Live Music Now, an organisation that provides access to live music for those with special needs or those facing challenging circumstances, a fusion trio of keyboards, guitar and djembe with musical influences from Brazil and Western Africa got us all dancing...and what fun we had!

Huge thanks to Live Music Now for making this happen.

Live Music Now brings Afro Samba to Share

Check out more photos on our Facebook page.

Join us for Share's Annual Awards 2016

Share Annual Awards 2016Share's Annual Awards will take place on 8th November 2016 from 11am to 3pm, and we very much hope you will be able to join us to celebrate our students' successes and achievements over the past year.

This year's event is once again sponsored by Sterling Media to whom we are most grateful for their continued support.

Sterling Media

Register online or email for more information. 

Carer Survey 2016 launched

Share has launched its Carer Survey for 2016. As part of our ongoing commitment to improving the services we provide at Share, we survey all stakeholders each year. Carers play an important part in our students' lives, and we want to know whether our services continue to meet the needs of the people you support and your expectations.

As a thank you for completing the survey, you will be entered into a prize draw to receive a hamper of goodies. More details about how to enter can be found at the end of the survey.

Tell us what you think and how we can help you address some of the daily challenges you face. You can complete the Carer Survey online at or contact Leanne Wood via email or telephone 020 7801 9825 to receive a hard copy of the survey.

The deadline for completed surveys is 28th October 2016.

Yes Chef! update

Yes Chef! informationWe are still accepting applications for Share’s Yes Chef! training programme which is for young people aged 18-25 who are resident in Wandsworth and want to work in the catering and hospitality industries. 

Our friendly and enjoyable course will give people confidence and help them to develop skills and abilities they didn’t know they had! Trainees will get nationally recognised qualifications. And everyone who attends regularly for three months or more will receive a £50 gift towards working life.

To find out more or to apply, contact Robert Boyce, Share's Head of Training, via email or telephone 020 7801 9815.

New staff join the Share team

Share is delighted to welcome two new members of staff this month: Jenny Bourlet, our new Healthy Living Worker, who joins our wellbeing team, and Jonathan Rogers, our new Horticulture Training Assistant, who joins the horticulture team.

Jenny will be running our Live Well, Feel Great project and working with our students to help build healthy eating and exercise programmes tailored specifically to improve overall wellbeing and encourage independence.

Jonathan will be helping the horticulture team to support students at the Share Garden as part of their horticulture training, and also as part of their work experience with Share Gardening.

Healthy living focus groups

Jenny Bourlet, our very new Healthy Living Worker (see above), has wasted no time in getting to know our students to find out what aspects of healthy living they would like so that she can develop interesting, fun, healthy living activities for them.

Students at Share HQ and the Share Garden came up with lots of fantastic ideas for new activities they'd like to include in our healthy living programme, from skipping to hula hooping to learning about different health conditions and learning how to cook simple healthy meals.

Healthy living focus groups

To find out more about Share's healthy living programme, get in touch with Jenny via email

Digital Day at Share

Virtual realityAt Share, we continue to develop our digital strategy – that is, to make the most of digital technology in all aspects of our work, particularly in giving our students access to technology that can revolutionise how they live, learn and communicate. And our Immersive Learning Centre launched earlier this year was just one step in this revolution.

Our digital day therefore provided an opportunity for staff and volunteers to review and experience new and innovative technologies on the market that can be used by our students or as teaching tools within Share. From user-friendly Apps to electronic information PenFriends, Talking Photo Books and Wikis to virtual reality, we played and we watch this space for more funky digital developments!

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

About Share

Diary dates for 2016

8 November 2016 Share Annual Awards
29 November 2016 Learning Disabilities Today Exhibition and Conference

15 December 2016 Share Winter Celebration

More information about all our events

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