The Moulding Foundation has donated £5million to Seashell in support of our Project Transformation to build a new school and campus.

Seashell’s Project Transformation, costing over £50million, will take over five years to complete to build a new school, redevelop the existing college, build a new four-court sports hall, gym and pavilion, new training facilities, community engagement and administration facilities and a new assessment and early years centre.

Jodie Moulding, Founder and Trustee of The Moulding Foundation said: “This ambitious project will make a huge difference to the lives of children of all ages and their families in Manchester and the surrounding areas.

We are incredibly proud to be supporting such a fantastic charity, helping them to extend their reach and support many more families and children in desperate need.”

Speaking of the £5million donation, Seashell Chief Executive and Principal, Jolanta McCall, said: “We cannot thank The Moulding Foundation enough for its generosity towards Seashell’s Project Transformation.

“Project Transformation has been years in the planning and we are delighted to see works beginning on site. This donation will help build a new future for thousands of children and young people with acute special needs.”

The first phase of Project Transformation will see a new school developed which is expected to open in autumn 2022, and a new site entrance and reception building, again expected to open in autumn 2022.

A caring Seashell student has been named as the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester’s young citizen of the year for his compassion towards his classmates during Covid-19.

13 year old Kevin Wright, a student at Seashell Royal School Manchester, was this week presented with the award for Young Citizen of the Year 2020, as part of the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester’s awards, in recognition of the contributions that young people make to society.

Kevin was singled out for the care he showed towards his fellow students after he returned to school following a period of six months of shielding. Kevin showed compassion, care and affection towards his classmates and in particular one student, who was struggling to cope with regular seizures. Kevin himself has overcome adversity having undergone major surgery complicated by extreme swelling.

Since his return from shielding he has gone out of his way to support his peers and the High Sheriff’s office has commended him for his attitude and hard work.

Kevin is a student at Seashell Royal School Manchester and a resident on site in one of the home-from-home houses that Seashell runs for children and young people. He was nominated for the award by his House Manager, Sarah Gibbs, and her colleague, Gemma Bentley, who were impressed with Kevin’s thoughtful behaviour towards others and the positive attitude he displayed throughout his surgery, lockdown, shielding and return to Seashell.

Speaking of the award, the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Dr Eamonn O’Neal DL, said: “I was delighted to make this Award to Kevin to recognise his selflessness, compassion and bravery. 

“Kevin has faced challenges with great courage and positivity and always finds a way to think of others. His tenacity and humility in adversity are also extremely impressive. Kevin is a great credit to his family and all at Seashell.

“I hope this High Sheriff Award goes some way to recognising his achievements.”

Seashell House Manager, Sarah Gibbs, commented: “Kevin has shown so much care and affection over the last year, he has been inspirational to everyone who works with him at Seashell.

“We submitted the award and two weeks later his certificate arrived in the post. We were over the moon! We presented it to Kevin and, as you can see from the photo, he was extremely happy and all smiles. We couldn’t be prouder.”

Throughout the pandemic, Seashell has continued to support our community members by providing provision through our Seashell Active programme and Seashell community services during a time where we all went through a lot of change and having to isolate or shield.

We stayed in touch with our community during the frightening first months of lockdown being a voice on the phone or through online fitness classes, one to one sessions, coffee mornings and CADS sports events during school holidays when we were able. We even managed to help our oldest member celebrate their 97th birthday with the delivery of an exercise equipment bag to help them be active in the home.

We know Seashell Active’s provision is vital, it helps to rebuild connections, community, reduces isolation and loneliness and supports people’s health and social care needs.

As the nation starts to emerge from lockdown, for many SEND families building routine and activity back into their lives will take time and require our support. Over the coming months Seashell Active will focus on creating that bespoke approach to help people find their way back to happy, healthy lives.

Our team will make sure all the necessary safety measures are in place to ensure people can access our services safely. We understand that for families with a disabled child or young person a flexible, personal approach really matters.

Here are comments from just some of our community:

“Lockdown has been pretty isolating and at times overwhelming attempting to keep both boys happy and entertained. It’s a constant battle, especially with my son to try and engage him in things away from a screen and to try to get him to do more physical activity.”

“Our LUSU bag arrived today. Thank you so much. I feel totally overwhelmed to receive such an amazing kit for the boys.”

“CADS has really gone above and beyond in reaching out and thinking of ways to engage with children at home, we have felt so included rather than most other things that my child just won’t engage with.”

“T loved his fitness sessions and we look forward to continuing with them. They were brilliant. We love the Seashell gym, and the team have worked really effectively and have really helped him. He is looking forward to getting back when it reopens.”

“The course for me was really good, and it has helped my mobility I think. Because when we go out for walks with the dogs I feel steadier.”

Seashell places inclusive wellbeing, sport and recreation at the heart of our work and we are working to become a national centre of excellence for inclusive sports and activity, for student and community use.

As society recovers from COVID-19, Seashell will help local communities to manage and recover from the impact of COVID-19, we aim to improve the health and wellbeing of our community and improve community integration by ensuring there is an inclusive response to reopening our services, with our focus and specialism of supporting and engaging disabled people.

We would like to thank our partners, stakeholders and funders for the at home inclusive kit and equipment bags (Lloyds Banking Group, Vernon Building Society and the National Lottery Emerging Futures Fund) for supporting Seashell, if you would like to hear more about what we do, support our work or become a volunteer, please do get in touch.