Royal College Manchester’s signing choir celebrated a milestone last month as they took centre stage at the launch of the Christmas Light Trail at Dunham Massey. Their stellar performance left a lasting impact on the audience as they sang along and signed to some Christmas favourites, including ‘Silent Night’, ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ and ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’.

The students had been preparing for the event for the past couple of months, getting ready to perform in front of their friends, family, Seashell staff and a host of VIP guests.

Nikki Brown, Job Coach said “The students were amazing! They really captivated the audience, giving shout outs to people they knew and getting everyone into the festive spirit. We all felt extremely proud.”

The Access to Employment Pathway at Royal College Manchester have been fostering a meaningful partnership with the National Trust for the past couple of years. This collaboration has seen students participating in valuable work experience opportunities, at Quarry Bank Mill and Tatton Park, while Seashell’s dedicated staff have delivered impactful disability awareness training. The result of this collective effort has now resulted in a well-deserved nomination for the Quarry Bank Mill in the Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award.

The recognition comes as a testament to the positive impact of the collaboration between Seashell and the National Trust. By creating opportunities for students with complex disabilities to engage with the community and contribute meaningfully, both organisations are breaking barriers and promoting inclusivity.

Seashell continues to champion inclusivity and provide opportunities for individuals with complex disabilities to thrive. The success of the signing choir at Dunham Massey’s Christmas Light’s switch-on is a shining example of our staff’s dedication to empowering the students and creating a more inclusive society.