Morson has a long history with the Seashell Trust, a North West based charity which provides a happy and secure environment for children and young adults with complex and severe disabilities.
The Seashell Trust is home to the Royal School Manchester, a non-maintained special school, and the Royal College Manchester, an independent specialist further education college. Both the school and college are residential and together cater for students from the age of 2 to 25.
One of the buildings, The Gerry Mason House, is proudly supported by Morson and the CEO Ged Mason’s family. Last week we had the privilege of visiting the Seashell Trust to take a look around and see engineering improving lives through advancements in technology.
To read more about the Gerry Mason House, click here.
Inside the Gerry Mason house, Jenny, Short Breaks Manager, discussed the importance of donations:
“It’s really important for the Seashell Trust to receive funding because essentially, we’re a charity. This house, in particular, was funded by Ged in memory of his father Gerry Mason and the monitory contribution enabled this residence to stand as it is with all the adaptions. It’s as homely as any other home would be but it really caters to the individuals that reside here. These homes have a community feel, a neighbourly feel, but you still have the same level of support across the site.”
Morson’s engineering skills have also helped the Seashell plan the expansion of their site as Morson Projects Design Consultancy rendered a 3D concept for the new facility, using their state of the art modelling technology.
Engineering and technology also work in broader ways to improve the lives of all of the students at the Seashell Trust.
Dominic, Head of Fundraising, Marketing & Community Development explained:
“We were very conscious when we built these [homes] in terms of making them future proof and reducing our energy uses. As you will see we have put photovoltaic panels on a number of the houses. The energy centre has solar panels and our electricity bill in the first year alone has dropped by 20%. The energy centre which provides all the hot water and central heating from one central point has been future proofed so that if we need to we can add a biomass boiler.”
Jenny discussed some of the adaptions the homes at Seashell offer:
“The kitchen is an environment that we really want to promote self-help and independence so there are hobs that can rise and fall to enable the young people to get close to the hobs, but in a safe manner.”
“There are other adaptions in the home to help multi-sensory impaired young people, so we have gadgets that we can use so that they can independently make a cup of tea but they are notified when the cup is filling up so that they don’t burn themselves. We’ve got tracking systems to help people navigate around the home and all of that has been really carefully thought out regarding the layout of each home.”
“For the young people that might require a quieter zone, some spaces have been made into soft rooms and sensory rooms. They are inclusive of a water bed, they’ve got a bubble tube, lots of sensory lights, they have a hoist in there so that people with low mobility can still access [the room].“
Engineering developments continue to make life happier and easier for the students at Seashell. Morson is proud to be involved in this journey with them.