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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Team Gladiator Rides Again

Royal College Manchester students get on their bikes - and in their swimming costumes - and do a little bit of running for good measure as well this September, at Seashell Trust's first annual triathlon open to all young adults with a learning disability and/or sensory impairment on the 13th September.

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College Newspaper Out Now

The summer edition of the college newspaper has arrived, with photos of the prom and the new houses, interviews with staff and students joining the college in September, local news, results of the on-site car survey and more.

The paper is staffed by a team of six students, Mariyam, Amy, Catherine, Holly, Julia and Robert, and staff supporting them. Students work on the newspaper as part of their learning programmes and can often be found conducting surveys, arranging interviews or reporting on events happening at Seashell and in the local community.

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College Turns Out For Shellstock Festival

Royal College Manchester students celebrated the end of the academic year in style at Shellstock 2015, with a day dedicated to art, music and working together. Students and staff worked together to decorate the archway, trees and festival area with ribbon streamers which blew merrily in the wind, and student festival-goers experimented with streamers, flowers and decorative hats to keep that party atmosphere going! Several small tents were also put up, giving students a quiet place and adding to the festival look – even if we weren’t going to keep the party going all night!

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Shellshock rocks on at Party In The Park

Shellshock, Royal College Manchester's rock band, played Party In The Park for the second time on Wednesday, 17th June. Party In The Park brings together bands and performing arts groups from specialist colleges across the north of England and was held in King's Gardens, Southport.

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Scotland Theme Day

Royal School's Manchester most recent Theme Day was off with a swing - or a Highland fling, as school pupils celebrated all things Scottish!

Our guest blogger Annie writes: "Last month school celebrated all things Scottish with a ‘Highland Gathering’. We divided into four clans, identified by homemade felted tartans. We enjoyed singing Scottish songs, danced the Highland Fling, competed in games such as tossing the caber, throwing the wool sack and tug’o’war.

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