Seashell is a wonderful place for children of all ages. It’s also a fantastic place for adults looking to make a difference in people’s lives. At Seashell, outstanding education and care is provided at our school and specialist college. With plenty of jobs working with special needs individuals opening up, you’ve got the chance to work with us and join our team. If you’d like to join the Seashell team and help care for some incredible individuals, continue reading to find out how.

Why work for Seashell?

At Seashell, we aim to build communication, independence and life skills. Our aim is to prepare young people for a future where they’re valued and feel like a valuable part of the community.

No two days are ever the same, so you’ll need flexibility, resilience and the ability to adapt quickly to change. You’ll have days that feel amazing and you’ll have fun non-stop, but you’ll also be faced with challenging days.

We’re looking for somebody who can keep children and young people safe as well as uphold our values of integrity, innovation and involvement. At Seashell, we’re a supportive and friendly group of people and our jobs working with special needs individuals offer a range of incentives, like free parking, gym membership, doggy daycare, competitive salaries, childcare vouchers, and so much more.

Who are Seashell and what do we do?

We are a charity dedicated to providing a secure, happy and creative environment for children and young people with special needs and communication challenges from across the UK. We achieve this by delivering individually tailored support services that promote independence and build confidence.

Seashell’s name originates from 2008, but the charity’s history dates all the way back to 1837 when Robert Philips and William Bateman opened a school for deaf children in rented premises in Salford, Manchester. Originally, eight girls and six boys were given places. Over time, the school grew in popularity and success, eventually opening up the Royal School Manchester and Royal College Manchester – providing outstanding education for people aged between two and 19.

In both the school and college, we offer tailored care and support for those with learning difficulties, disabilities, complex health needs, and autism.

Alongside the school and college, we also provide educational settings in 17 home-from-home special needs residential homes for children and young adults with special education needs and disabilities (SEND). These locations offer flexible care provision, including a boarding school offering for those with learning disabilities and other complex needs. 

Types of jobs at Seashell

At Seashell, we have a raft of exciting job opportunities. We have constant, year-round recruitment for Support Staff in the school, college and our residences.

Between House Managers and Teaching Assistants, we’re always on the lookout for top talent to join our team to provide excellent care and education for our students.

There are some career opportunities that are available long-term too, including Occupational Therapists, and roles within the Active Teams. We also have roles like Learning Support Assistants, Residential Support Workers and also require professionals in the psychology field.

Jobs working with special needs at Seashell

Seashell is a wonderful place to work and spend time with amazing people of all ages and backgrounds. We always have a range of opportunities available, so check our careers page to find your dream role.

You too could be a part of a great team of people at Seashell who work tirelessly to make a difference in so many people’s lives.

Volunteer at Seashell

If the right career opportunity has not opened up for you at Seashell yet, but you’d still like to make an impact and care for young people with complex needs, you can still volunteer with us.

We have an array of inclusive volunteering opportunities and a number of ways you can start volunteering with children and young people with learning disabilities.

If you’d like more information about working with us at Seashell, or about volunteering in our school, college or residences, don’t hesitate to get in touch today. You can contact us on 0161 610 0100, or email us at