Over 70 disabled adults were awarded over 100 accredited qualifications at this year’s Share Community Annual Awards Ceremony on 3rd November 2015 at the Wandsworth Civic Suite in South London.
Share, a local charity based in Battersea, runs accredited courses in Life Skills, Basic Skills, Digital Skills and Catering and Horticulture, aimed at employment and personal development for disabled adults, including those with learning disabilities, physical and sensory impairments, autism and mental health needs.
Awards for Outstanding Achievement in recognition of outstanding performance throughout the year were presented to seven students: Rehan Qureshi, Haris Aslam, Haroon Rashid, John Carpenter, Ian Beaton, Doris Austin and Hassan Malik.
The Jablonski Award for Perseverance and Outstanding Achievement in the Face of Adversity, presented each year in memory of Peter Jablonski, a former manager at Share, was this year jointly given to three recipients Danielle Phillips, Paul Overton and Alex Ogunbiyi.
Share Chief Executive, Annie McDowall, commented: “This has been a fantastic year for us, with twice as many students achieving full qualifications as last year. I’m so impressed by our students and their hard work and determination, and of course by our staff, who inspire and motivate our students to do their best.”
Bill Morgan, Chair of Share’s Board, said: “Looking ahead, we’ve set ourselves the task of making the most of digital technology in all aspects of our work, and particularly in giving our students access to technology that can revolutionise how they live, learn and communicate. We’ll be focusing more on preparing people for independence, and we’ll be using a new system to help us assess the difference we’re making to our students.”
Share works closely with partners and supporters in the local community, and this year’s Share Community Annual Awards was kindly sponsored by Sterling Media, in association with the Khalsa Centre in Tooting.
Ms McDowall added: “I am extremely grateful to Sterling Media and the Khalsa Centre for their continued support – it is the generosity and goodwill of those in our local community that helps us to provide additional opportunities for our students, helping them to live happy, healthy and independent lives.”