We provide education and 52-week residential care for 135 children and young people aged 2 to 25 with profound learning disabilities and sensory impairments.

Our children and young people have some of the most complex needs and disabilities including deafness, blindness and autism, combined with physical disabilities and profound learning difficulties. All have some brain damage and little or no ability to communicate.

We also offer Short Break (respite) provision for young people whose families are often at the point of breakdown.

In addition, our award-winning Children’s Able and Disabled Sports (CADS) Programme provides inclusive sporting opportunities for over 500 youngsters.

Did you know...

· We were established in 1823 by two Manchester businessmen and so are one of the oldest charities in the UK

· Seashell is a leading authority in the field of multi-sensory impairment and has a growing reputation as a National Centre of Excellence in this field

· Her Majesty the Queen is our patron

· Our reach is national, in particular our outreach work and our support for families with children with complex needs

· The needs of those seeking our support are only going to increase in complexity as the survival rates of extremely premature babies’ increases. Survival rates of pre-term 27 week babies is increasing yet 15% of all such babies are born with profound and multiple learning difficulties.

What makes Seashell Trust different

· We don’t just care for the child – we also support the family

· We have both residential care and education on the same site

· All of our children and young people have little or no verbal communication

· Some of our children are the only child in the country with that particular combination of disabilities and so we are the only place that can support them

· We fundraise for specific projects rather than salaries sop you know where every penny is going

Other ways to support

· Volunteering – we need lots of help on campus from mentoring our young people to helping with our sensory gardens

· Word of Mouth – help us spread the word of the great work that is being done in the UK for this very profoundly disabled group of people

· Offer work experience placements for our young adults

· Give us pro bono support – from sports coaching to legal advice we are always so grateful for any pro bono offers


Stanley Road, Cheadle Hulme

Contact Number

0161 610 0100