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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Pirates of Seashell Trust!

Earlier this month, HOME Cinema in Manchester was home to a very special event for Royal College Manchester students who saw their original work on the big screen!

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TriSeashell 2016

This year's TriSeashell took place on Sunday at our Stanley Road campus! The annual event consists of a supported triathlon (running, swimming and cycling) for people with complex needs and a community sports event - this year, a duathlon for 8-14 year olds. Special guest Kiera Byland, who represents Great Britain in cycling in the Special Olympics, presented medals to all athletes who took part on the day.

Results have now been published and you can find your times online here.

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MGS Volunteers

Six young men from Manchester Grammar School volunteered at Seashell Trust last week. Working alongside Seashell Trust staff and students both, they helped students with transitions, produced communication aids, prepared bikes for the July Triathlon, and learned about Disability Awareness and some basic sign language.

Find the pictures from their work below!

Making willow fish with school students

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Ear Defenders

Royal College Manchester's Occupational Therapist Rachel joins us a guest blogger to talk about some of the advantages and disadvantages of using ear defenders.

As an Occupational Therapist, I often get questions from parents or carers about using ear defenders to help people who are sensitive to noise. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer but I thought it might help to summarise the reasons why they might or might not be helpful. 

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Inter College Sports Day

Almost 200 students from specialist colleges and sixth forms across the North West joined Royal College Manchester students last Thursday at our sixth annual Inter College Sports Day.

Competitors travelled to SportCity in Manchester, where they were divided into teams. Because 2016 is an Olympic and Paralympic year, we decided to use the theme of ‘Sport around the world’ and all teams were named after different countries and carried their own flags.

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Deaf Aware

This Deaf Awareness Week (2nd - 8th May), our Audiology team bring you this guest blog on listening skills for d/Deaf children and young adults. To mark the week, they have also offered a number of additional screenings in our onsite clinic adapted for students with complex needs, and our Family Services department are working with PIPS, Stockport's parent-carer forum, and Seashell's own BSL instructor to hold a workshop on Deaf Awareness this Friday.

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