Dog Grooming Enterprise Open!

Royal College Manchester students have launched a new business, grooming and looking after dogs.

Owners bring their dogs in to the college for a day of pampering, with students using special grooming equipment to give each pup a shampoo and set. They can also dry the dogs, brush and comb their fur and make sure they get plenty of interaction by going on walks, playing and being stroked by students. The dogs can then be picked up when the owners are ready.

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Job Carving

With 100% of Royal College Manchester's interns (and 60% of the graduating class as a whole) leaving with work of some kind, we know what it takes to help young people with complex learning and communication disabilities find work.

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Communicating Decisions

At Seashell Trust, we firmly believe that all young people have the right to make decisions. Our students develop the expectation that they will be in control of experiences in their lives as much as possible.

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College Graduate At Work

Former Royal College Manchester student Luke has entered a new job in the hotel industry!

During his time at the college, Luke worked hard to develop his communication skills so that he could make himself understood by a wide range of people. He impressed staff during his vocational studies and worked hard to master the skills he needed to enter the workforce - skills like his understanding of working interviews, preparing CVs, carrying out tasks independently and organisational skills like using a checklist.

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Josh the Buddy Dog

It's been almost two years since Royal College Manchester's buddy dog, Josh, made his first visit to the college and decided that he would stick around. A former Guide Dog, Josh's calm nature and his training helped him become one of the most popular members of staff.

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Sensory Art Takes Flight

For anyone who visited our Forest School before the fire earlier this year, these sculptures may look familiar! Royal School Manchester's artist in residence, Lauren, worked with our school students to make dragonflies out of willow rods. These willow sculptures use traditional basket-weaving techniques to make pieces of art that can be handled directly by the students, encouraging them to touch, bend and smell the willow as well as seeing it hanging from the trees, as if in flight!

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Mickie Meets the Cambridges!

One Royal College Manchester pupil was thrilled to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Manchester last week!

The Duke (Prince William) and The Duchess of Cambridge (his wife, Catherine) visited Francis House, a hospice which was opened in 1991 by Diana, Princess of Wales. Mickie was very excited to get his invitation from Francis House and signed 'prince' a lot to talk about his plans!

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Why Work Experience?

Only one in six people with severe learning disabilities are in work (Mencap). Last year, 100% of our interns and 60% of our graduating students as a whole left Royal College Manchester with a job. This work experience week, we're highlighting how we help young adults with complex learning disabilities and additional communication needs find work.

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Scout Hut Appeal Launched

Our fundraising team have launched an appeal for donations to help replace the building, art materials and equipment destroyed when our old scout hut caught fire earlier this month.

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ELT's Diamond Challenge

Last weekend saw the Trust's Executive Leadership team (and our wonderful award-nominated PA Hayley) take to the sea - or at least the canal - as part of the Duke of Edinburgh's Diamond challenge.

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All change!

With school and college getting ready to welcome everyone back, activity around the site has picked up again!

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Common Pulse Gamelan Project

The gamelan (an Indonesian percussion orchestra) has been used as part of Royal School Manchester’s music classes for a few years and in 2014, the National Foundation of Youth Music gave Seashell Trust £45,231 to complete the ‘Common Pulse’ Gamelan Project.

The aims of the project were to

·         Improve the quality and standards of music delivery for children and young people

·         Embed learning and effective practice in host and partner organisations and share practice beyond the project

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