What is SHARP Life & Learning Skills?
SHARP Life & Learning Skills is an education and day service which provides opportunities for people with special needs, learning difficulties, physical disabilities, mental health issues, elderly or just lonely, to continue their learning and personal development. SHARP started its sessions in January 2011 at The Butterfly Garden Project, Dundry Nurseries and ran groups for its learners in community venues and voluntary organisations including Quedgeley Community Centre. SHARP has now been in its own premises at The Courtyard, off School Lane in Quedgeley since January 2012. The Courtyard is located
behind the fish and chip shop. Since being in The Courtyard, SHARP has continued to grow steadily and now offers a broad programme of educational & recreational opportunities for its learners.
See our page Activity Sessions for more information on the activities on offer.
SHARP is a community interest company – a non-profit making organisation. This means that after the usual business costs, any profit will be put back into the organisation to grow and improve the service. SHARP keeps the cost to our learners as low as possible even without the benefit of regular external funding.
SHARP now has 3 Directors – Julie Pullen – Managing Director and Lyn Taylor & Pat Juby – Directors.
Julie PullenSHARP was founded by Julie Pullen who has many
years of experience in both education and social
care and Julie now has a small team of enthusiastic, skilled and creative staff who are committed to working with people with special needs and learning difficulties. Julie set up SHARP because she felt that there was a need for a provision that was a middle road between education and day care for vulnerable adults in Gloucestershire. Learners attending SHARP can learn new skills, at their own pace, in a safe and friendly environment that puts individuals first. In November 2013 Julie won the coveted Ambassador of the Year Award at the Believe in Gloucester Awards Ceremony, in recognition of the provision and support that SHARP gives to vulnerable adults in Gloucestershire.