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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.

Get involved

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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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.

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