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Connecting communities,
helping others.

We encourage self-development and a sense of purpose by bringing communities together in a collective effort, rebuilding confidence, developing skills and reigniting the potential of those in need, to accomplish our charity’s objectives to bring relief to those in need.

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Connecting communities,
helping others.

We encourage self-development and a sense of purpose by bringing communities together.  In a collective effort, we are rebuilding confidence, developing skills and reigniting the potential of those in need, to accomplish our charity’s objectives to bring relief to those in need.

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Engaging communities,
inviting you.

Engaging communities,
inviting you.

Shine

Explore

Rediscovering confidence, reigniting potential.

Autumn Term: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th November & 6th December

Venue: Richmond Library Annexe, Quadrant, Richmond, TW9 1DU

Explore is a one day a week, socially-engaging personal development programme, run over six weeks. Designed to enable adults experiencing social exclusion to develop their practical skills and confidence, to successfully establish themselves in their local community.

Explore encourages a sense of purpose and self-development whilst rediscovering confidence and reigniting potential – improving emotional and mental wellbeing.

Click HERE to complete our Explore Referral Form.

Explore offers
  • Shine – an opportunity to learn barista and hospitality skills
  • Table of Hope – safe interactive space with a monthly nutritious meal to reduce isolation & loneliness
  • Steps – Regular Educational and Cultural activities.
  • Opportunities to gain motivation and grow in confidence
  • Invitations to practise and improve English language skills
  • Social engagement through meals, workshops and a variety of activities
  • Healthy lunches made from surplus food
  • An introduction to money-matters workshops delivered by Citizens Advice Richmond
  • Personal empowering and wellbeing workshops by Bhuti London, and Take 7 Simple Steps
  • Gardening with Kew Gardens, cooking with The Angel and Crown and Relish & Grace, and DIY with Richmond Furniture Scheme
  • Commitment to continued support through befriending.
How is Explore Different ?
  • Safe and welcoming space in a friendly and inclusive environment
  • Self improvement and personal development through low pressure learning activities
  • Network of volunteering, training and apprenticeship providers to support further personal development.
Who can apply for Explore?
  • Beneficiaries aged 18+ are invited to apply.
  • Unemployed or earning less than £15 000 p/a.
  • Those living with a mental illness or disability.
  • Those at risk or having experienced economic or social disadvantage such as:  homelessness, drug/alcohol dependency, refugee, ex offender or victim of domestic violence.

Priority placements will be allocated to Richmond Borough residents, thereafter candidates from surrounding Boroughs will be considered.

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With grateful thanks to Richmond Parish Lands Charity and The National Lottery, for helping our community thrive.

Would you like to learn how to quiet your mind, feel more energised and discover the power of breathing fully?
Ahead of our next Explore programme in the Autumn, we’re offering a once a week, friendly and creative mini taster session – open to all – run over six weeks.

  • Simple, inspiring, empowering
  • 13th, 20th, 27th Sept & 4th, 11th, 18th October – from 10.30–11.30am
  • Richmond Library Annexe, Quadrant, Richmond, TW9 1DU

Interested? Email [email protected] or give her a call on: 078 0383 2339

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Shine

– where everybody knows your name!

Announcement of training details coming soon.

Shine provides barista and hospitality training for those experiencing isolation and worklessness, enabling them to explore options towards employment within the hospitality industry whilst building their skills and confidence.

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Table of Hope

Cultivating a community of kindness.

Table of Hope is our Explore monthly community invitation to a nutritious lunch at a communal table within a safe, interactive space – reducing isolation and enhancing wellbeing.

What Matt says about gathering at a Table of Hope:

“At the Table there is no-one above you and there is no-one below you.  In our society we value platforms for people to stand on but at a Table there is no platform.  At Tables we are one and we see each other.”

Inspiring hope and building friendships.

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Steps

Community connections.

Regular, socially engaging activities including outings and trips to local places of interest under the banner of our Explore programme.  Steps also invites participants to “give back” to our local community and have included Be Richmond litter picking days, Habitats & Heritage clean up days and Kew Gardens work parties – painting and re-organising their community allotment.

“We are delighted that Shepherd’s Star are joining us – an amazing team with such positive attitudes and a huge help…Genuinely couldn’t do without you guys.” – Jane Rogers, Kew Gardens Community Horticultural Learning Co-ordinator.

A little step may be the beginning of a great journey.

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We are a community movement operating in the Greater Richmond and Twickenham Borough – serving communities locally.

Shepherd’s Star a friend to those in need.

We make a difference by creating opportunities to purposefully bring people together, improving the quality of life of those in need and contributing towards a healthier community.

Building relationships based on shared values and respect, Shepherd’s Star collaborates with volunteers and charitable partner organisations, supporting social inclusion, inspiring hope and empowering individuals.

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Some friendships don’t last for long, but there is one loving friend who is joined to your heart – closer than any other!

Ancient Proverb

What we stand for.

Our mission

is to bring communities together, supporting those in need through connections, friendships and development programmes.

Our vision

is for a world where everyone has the opportunity to be a connected, valued and contributing member of society.

Our values

at the heart of everything we do, is our belief in people, inclusivity, collaboration and empathy for all.

Who we are

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”
– African proverb

Desiree Shepherd

Desiree Shepherd

Co-Founder and Director

Ever since she was young, Desiree has had a heart for her community and creating opportunities of provision for those in need. Co-founder of two charities - one in South Africa and another in the UK - Desiree is a community connector, passionate about building meaningful networks across different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. An entrepreneur with experience in both corporate and charity sectors, working in partnership with others to make a difference in the lives of the “one”, is what makes her come alive.
Judy King

Judy King

Trustee

Judy is an NHS public health specialist with a heart for developing and empowering people to live their best lives. Passionate about people and their well-being, Judy brings her years of experience around the world, as a registered nurse and midwife, to Shepherd’s Star. Empathetic and kind, Judy is also a coach and mentor.
Marianne Welsh

Marianne Welsh

Trustee

With a natural gift of coaching and facilitation and background as Senior HR Advisor for Deloitte, executive coach Marianne brings vision and perspective to Shepherd’s Star. Discerning, creative and resourceful Marianne has a knack for expanding potential and encouraging others to dare to dream.
Justin Wingfield

Justin Wingfield

Trustee and Treasurer

A motivated and trusted finance and economics specialist, with over a decade experience as Financial Advisor in Canada and South Africa, Justin brings his financial expertise to Shepherd’s Star. Easy-going and empathetic, Justin enjoys working alongside people of all ages, and looks forward to investing his time and expertise into our Shepherd’s Star community.
Desiree Shepherd

Desiree Shepherd

Founder and Director

Ever since she was young, Desiree has had a heart for her community and creating opportunities of provision for those in need. Co-founder of two charities - one in South Africa and another in the UK - Desiree is a community connector, passionate about building meaningful networks across different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. An entrepreneur with experience in both corporate and charity sectors, working in partnership with others to make a difference in the lives of the “one”, is what makes her come alive.
Judy King

Judy King

Trustee

Judy is an NHS public health specialist with a heart for developing and empowering people to live their best lives. Passionate about people and their well-being, Judy brings her years of experience around the world, as a registered nurse and midwife, to Shepherd’s Star. Empathetic and kind, Judy is also a coach and mentor.
Marianne Welsh

Marianne Welsh

Trustee

With a natural gift of coaching and facilitation and background as Senior HR Advisor for Deloitte, executive coach Marianne brings vision and perspective to Shepherd’s Star. Discerning, creative and resourceful Marianne has a knack for expanding potential and encouraging others to dare to dream.
Justin Wingfield

Justin Wingfield

Trustee and Treasurer

A motivated and trusted finance and economics specialist, with over a decade experience as Financial Advisor in Canada and South Africa, Justin brings his financial expertise to Shepherd’s Star. Easy-going and empathetic, Justin enjoys working alongside people of all ages, and looks forward to investing his time and expertise into our Shepherd’s Star community.

Our stories

We love to celebrate the successes and triumph of every personal victory. Keep up to date with our latest news and the good causes we’re supporting.

Richmond

Celebrating John

Shepherd's Star has been supporting Richmond Furniture Scheme's volunteer John who found himself without a home in March 2021.

Shepherd's Star has been supporting Richmond Furniture Scheme's volunteer John who found himself without a home in March 2021.

With incredible support from the Furniture Scheme and generous gifts from Shepherd's Star friends, John has now moved into a new home!

Richmond

Celebrating Noel

Noel was offered accommodation in an emergency, paid for by a generous donor to whom we are so grateful.

Noel was offered accommodation in an emergency, paid for by a generous donor to whom we are so grateful.

Noel’s response: "...please pass on my respect for everyone that has helped me in this time of trouble I've had, I feel humbled by the kindness and help you have all gave me.

I never expected this and on back of your kindness I promise I'll do anything to help your course, yours truly.

You’re the light in the dark that I will never forget".

Richmond

Celebrating the Angel & Crown

The Angel & Crown - winner of Hospitality Lockdown Hero Awards for Best Community Initiative, the 2020 Community Heroes Award for biggest business contribution - and local pub, partnered with Shepherd’s Star throughout the pandemic.

The Angel & Crown - winner of Hospitality Lockdown Hero Awards for Best Community Initiative, the 2020 Community Heroes Award for biggest business contribution - and local pub, partnered with Shepherd’s Star throughout the pandemic. Together they met the needs of the local community: serving a hot meal and drink throughout both lockdowns; offering special meals during Christmas and Easter; collecting and distributing clothes, sleeping bags and toiletries - gifting to those in need. Jointly they fundraised, covering the costs of services during lockdown; signposting guests to best access specialist services; befriending and volunteering together.

“Whilst all of those awards have been awarded to the Angel. The Angel is actually a figure-head of a community that came together to help those in difficult circumstances...it’s what a community together can be. The award...is actually for everyone who has achieved...everyone involved should feel a part of it. Let’s make sure we are always together as one and then other businesses will see life as one and we can do better!” Liam, Angel & Crown

The Angel & Crown continue to partner alongside Shepherd’s Star: offering cooking workshops on the Explore programme and donating 10% of all proceeds from their popular Tuesday steak nights. We celebrate you Nick and the Angel & Crown team - thank you for your generosity and kindness towards those in need.

What our
community says.

I want to thank every single person - from Shepherd’s Star, the Richmond Furniture Scheme and all you donors out there, who’ve helped me out... if it wasn’t for you lot, I’d be on the street right now... I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, thank you very much.

John

I feel humbled by the kindness and help you have all gave me. I never expected this and on back of your kindness I promise I'll do anything to help your course, yours truly. You’re the light in the dark that I will never forget.

Noel(not his real name)

We cannot fully put into words just how much of a difference your generous donation has made. It has given us an ability to care for the children, provide nutritional food and medicine when needed... Your kindness and thoughtful donation has given us breathing space...

Mike & Paula

Shepherd's Star will provide an ideal opportunity for local groups to be linked with each other and supply mutual support.

ValerieRefugees Welcome in Richmond

Desiree is a ball of fire - she is so very connected, knows everyone and has a heart after God. We were delighted to partner with her and the Shepherd's Star team throughout the pandemic. We wish her and Shepherd's Star the very best and will continue to work alongside them in the future.

NickAngel & Crown

I love being able to bake something and know that every week it’s giving someone joy or making them feel special.

DakotaVolunteer

Shepherd's Star is exactly the type of organisation that we love to work with. Their passion for the community is something that we share, and we are delighted to support them whenever we can.

SimonRichmond Furniture Scheme

As a donor, we feel absolutely privileged to be able to play such a small part in helping Shepherd’s Star give their recipients a sense of love and be embraced by their community, feeling valued.

DavideneDonor

Community engagement, supporting each other without judgement and intolerance, needs a North Star. Desiree is the brightest star I have ever met, with a genuine heart to bring people together to help each other.

PhilVolunteer

"I have an impression of the night sky with constellations - lots of connections to make something meaningful - this is Shepherd's Star".

GarethMarch 2021

… as and when we gift Shepherd’s Star with funds for those in need we absolutely know that our gift will actually cover the specific needs of the needy rather than say pay vast salaries …

ANNIE, AND DAVID
IN HEAVEN

…as and when we gift Shepherd’s Star with funds for those in need we absolutely know that our gift will actually cover the specific needs of the needy rather than say pay vast salaries …

ANNIE, AND DAVID
IN HEAVEN

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