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Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon

Take in some of the most scenic sights in Edinburgh when you join the Rock 'n' Roll Edinburgh Half Marathon and raise money for Share Scotland.

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'Bring A Thing'

One of our homes in Howie Court took a Halloween makeover as they threw a Halloween party for all residents, family and friends. This was great success and got everyone involved in ‘Bring a Thing’.


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Karen, one of our artists in residence

The people that Share supports are not just 'disabled people' or 'service users', many of them are dancers, musicians and artists.

Karen is a young lady supported by Share in Edinburgh. She is also a talented artist who has exhibited at several exclusive galleries in the capital.

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Mary's Trip of a Lifetime

Mary is a lady supported by Share in her home in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire. Her support worker, Liz, told us about Mary's trip of a lifetime to meet family in New Zealand.

"Mary had a fantastic time in Auckland with Aunt May!mary-and-may-on-beach

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Adult Learners' Week

Adult Learners' Week 2012 is underway this week.

This nationwide initiative, which is co-ordinated by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), is taking place from 12 May to 18 May and promotes all forms of adult learning to encourage adults to return to education, to gain new skills or build on their experience.  College is a big part of the lives of many people with disabilities, in this blog I've written about some of the funding problems that are giving cause for concern, but also about one disabled person's very postive experience at college.

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Featured Fundraiser - Ruth

Ruth Francis is a Psychiatric Nurse from Clydebank, she's also one of our wonderful fundraisers. She's walking the Ignis Asset Management Women's 10k for Share Scotland on Sunday 13th May, we asked her to tell us a little about herself.





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Our amazing volunteers - Aline

Share Scotland have had some truly amazing volunteers over the years.

aline_resizedWe take in volunteers through CSV, these are usually young people who come to Scotland to live and work with Share, sometimes from overseas and sometimes from the UK. They are trained up to the same level as our Support Workers and live with us for up to a year. We've had volunteers from places like Korea, Japan and Germany... even the exotic climes of Newcastle!

I spoke to some of them about their experiences, and will share what they had to say over a series of blog posts. First up, it's Aline... 

"My name is Aline and I work as a volunteer at Share Scotland. I come from Germany where I had just finished school before I arrived here in Edinburgh. I decided to do volunteer work because I wanted to help people, and also to have new experiences in a foreign country such as learning the language, living independently, and making new friends."

How did you feel before you came to volunteer with Share?

"I was told about my project two months before it started, so I had enough time to prepare everything for my volunteer year. Finally it was October and it could begin... I was so curious of what would happen to me and of course, I was really nervous. Then I arrived at the airport where my supervisor picked me up and brought me to my flat."

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Guest Blogger: Julie McElroy

I'm delighted to announce our first guest blogger is Scottish adventuress extraordinaire Julie McElroy. 

julie1Julie is a young woman from Glasgow who was born with Cerebral Palsy which has resulted in mobility problems, walking difficulties and speech impairment along with manual dexterity problems. She is also profoundly deaf and wears two hearing aids. She was recently nominated for the Scotswoman of the Year Award and in the last year she has won Glasgow's Lord Provost Award and the John Muir Conservation Award.

She shares her passion and drive for life with ShareScotland.

"It gives me great pleasure to share with you one of many passions and that is the outdoors.

The spirits for outdoors started when I was child and growing up with an able bodied twin sister and friends I felt singled out in many aspects. That was the turning point, I realized that I had to motivate myself do things.

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Hello World!

Welcome to the new Share Scotland blog!

We'll be using it to tell you about what we're up to - new projects, fundraising events and so on - with the occasional guest blogger too. Most of the time it will be written by me - a.k.a Pauline. I'm the Development Officer for Share Scotland, if you want to get in touch for anything then use the comments boxes or send us an email/Tweet/Facebook message.

Hope you enjoy the blog!