Written by Tope Olaofe
On the 2nd of March 2011, I visited the Share Community Centre to interview a member of staff. The Centre is based five minutes’ walk from Clapham Junction.
The Share Community Centre was started over 40 years ago because of a man called Tom Hood.
This gentleman was injured in the war and was wheelchair bound.
He was unable to walk but his mental ability was in perfect condition.
Their mission is helping disabled people across London reach their potential and achieve their life goals through training, education, employment, guidance and personal development and their vision is open and equal access to excellent employment, education and personal development opportunities for disabled people everywhere.
The centre takes from 200 to 250 students in a year. They offer life skills courses such as English, Maths, independent travel and living, computer literacy, customer service, catering, basic food hygiene, yoga, art and crafts. You can get to the centre by bike, walking, bus, cab or accompanied.
Most people from 16 to 65 are welcome to the centre though students are between 16 and 45.
Mr. Robert Boyce whom I interviewed said they would like to do work with young adults from 16 to 26. Lastly, I walked around taking pictures of the building, reception area, kitchen, offices, classrooms and toilets to show how clean the centre is. The staff members are very warm and welcoming.