SEND Implementation Funding Announced

This week saw the government announce an £80 million package to fund support for children and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities. A little more than a year after the SEND reforms first took effect, the £80 million will extend the work done by independent support, charities and local authorities to complete the transition to the new system.

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In Profile: Residential Support Worker Jessica

Name: Jessica O'Neill

Role: Residential support worker (RSW) in Young People's Care. I work in a house with young male adults with complex needs, with some students displaying signs of challenging behaviour.

How long have you worked at Seashell? A little over six months.

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End of term celebrations

Today is the last day of term for our school and college students. School students took the opportunity to continue their work on celebrations from different cultures by looking at different Christmas traditions in an all-school assembly, with mince pies and drinks for the parents. Earlier in the week, school students made and sold Christmas cards and other seasonal crafts.

College students helped organise and run the college fair, and the rock band (a group of musically-inclined college students and staff) performed for the others.

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Preparing For Work

Three years since Royal College Manchester launched our internship programme, we look back at some of the challenges and lessons learned.


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Making CADS count

With the end of term holidays fast approaching, Seashell Trust’s CADS activity programme is getting ready to open its doors to local kids with and without disabilities. This week, we look at some commonly asked questions about how we’re able to offer activities to meet a wide range of needs, and why exactly that’s so important.

So how does CADS work?

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Thank You To Our Volunteers

Seashell Trust is delighted to report that we have achieved the Investing In Volunteers award, the UK's quality standard for good practice in volunteer management. Achieving the IIV Award is a sign of our commitment to everyone who generously donates their time, skills and experience to helping our organisation. Volunteers are involved in all areas of our organisation, from CADS leaders to office workers, and no matter where you volunteer, or what you do at Seashell, we know that we couldn't have achieved this award without you.

Thank you.

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Students Driving Change Around Their Community

The student council organised and participated in a protest to raise awareness of the need for road safety in the area around college this week. Worried that some drivers in the area around the college travel too quickly, or don't always recognise that students may be using equipment like walkers, students and staff across all departments worked together to make students' concerns heard.

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The Dog Blog

Katie, a Guide Dog who visited the college while she was still just a puppy in training, officially qualified as a Guide Dog over the summer and has now moved to a village near Lincoln where she works for a woman named Sarah. Sarah and Katie enjoy travelling to the local shops and visiting Sarah’s friends and family together, and Katie loves village life – she’s made good friends with some of the other dogs who live nearby and really enjoys all her country walks.

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In Profile: Volunteer and Swim Instructor Cameron

Name: Cameron Brown

Role: Volunteer and paid swimming instructor once a week.

And outside Seashell? Student at Manchester Grammar School, where I’m also on the water polo team and swim for the school. That means training for water polo three mornings before school every week as well as working for the Swim Team as a paid instructor on Saturday mornings.

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Welcome to the doll house

Royal School Manchester pupils were delighted by the gift of a handmade doll house donated to the school over the summer holidays.

The house came furnished with a working lamppost in the light, a mounted postbox for delivering doll-sized letters and working doors. On the other side of the house, just behind the lamppost, you can find the conservatory extension, and the interior decorations include carpets, pieces of furniture and decorations like mirrors and even paintings hanging on the walls!

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Results are in... TriSeashell was a great success!

The weekend saw the launch of the first annual TriSeashell community triathlon and 5k run, with more than 60 people turning out to compete, help keep the event running smoothly or cheer along on a day which brought together athletes of all abilities to celebrate their shared love of sport.

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Paws for thought: Working with Josh

Who is Josh?

He’s a six year old Labrador with a very calm temperament. He loves to be outside, especially if that means he can run across grass and fields, and really enjoys having a good sniff of every plant he passes. Josh is also Seashell’s most popular member of staff and a former guide dog who joined Royal College Manchester earlier this year through the charity Guide Dog’s buddy dog programme.

So he’s a guide dog?

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