Getting into the charity sector can be a very rewarding way to take your career in a new direction, and experience a job that is more than just financially rewarding. Working with the children and young adults at Seashell gives you an opportunity to develop new strengths and learn new skills whilst applying your existing skills and experience to strengthen our team and charity.

We have some top tips to help you start your next chapter at Seashell or any other charity. There are lots of different roles in every charity, but they all share the same goals: to provide care and support those who need it most. To help people overcome their challenges to become valuable and valued members of the community. If you are thinking of getting into the charity sector, our guide is the right place to start.

Seashell worker speaking to a girl in a wheelchair

Volunteering experience

Having some experience in care, particularly at Seashell, is a great way to get started within the charity sector. If you have already acted on your desire to work with the children and young adults we support, and have experienced life as a volunteer, you have begun to understand the challenges and rewards of working within a charity. This being said, you don’t need to have previous volunteering/caring experience to work with us; we’ll give you the tools you need to become a confident member of our charity.

Though there can be tough days, the good times far outnumber the challenges. It takes resilience as well as dedication to give the children and their families the support and assistance they need to navigate their challenges. We succeed together: the children, the team, and their families. Having experience in this type of environment will help you succeed too, and make your move into the charity sector much easier.

Know your skillset

There are many skills that we need people to have at Seashell. Knowing what you are good at and what you enjoy. How you can contribute to the charity will help you demonstrate your commitment to the cause and what you can offer the team and the children. Something as simple as time management is a valuable skill, and other work experience in IT, administration, or food preparation and service can all help us to deliver the high standard of care we provide to the children and young adults at our facilities. We support our children and young adults to access a wide range of work skills, life skills and independence activities. All types of skills in our staff are welcomed and nurtured at Seashell.. Even dog grooming! 

Sales and marketing experience can help us with fundraising, while experience in the business world can help us forge new corporate partnerships with local, regional, and national corporations for extra avenues of fundraising, and to collaborate with them on PR events for outreach and awareness. Honesty, integrity, and compassion are all highly valued skills at Seashell and help us achieve our mission to support children with complex needs and their families, so they can live their lives to the fullest.

Choosing your role

There are many different types of jobs at a charity. At Seashell, we always need people who can help as frontline support and in direct contact with the children and young people. However, this is not the only way to contribute to a charity. We also need administrators, fundraisers, and people who can give our frontline workers the support that they need. Behind the scenes, it is always busy at a charity.

Identify your strengths and decide how your experience can best be applied at Seashell. You will develop more skills as you work here, and be given opportunities to use them, but your existing talents will help you find a role you are comfortable in so you can hit the ground running. Once you have some experience working at a charity, you can begin to follow your interests and passions in more specific jobs or areas of charity work. Here at Seashell, we invest in the people who work with us and help them find the role they were destined to play in our organisation.

Jobs at Seashell

We are always eager to welcome new members to the Seashell team. Our history of providing quality care to children and young adults with complex needs means that joining our team can help you develop your skills and a career in care while supporting the children.

If you’d like to get in touch with the team at Seashell and find out more about working at one of our facilities, contact us at 0161 610 0100 or email us at We can’t wait to hear from you!