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Charity news

MSB App now on Android
The Makaton Signing for Babies (MSB) app can now be used on Android devices.The app is based on the Makaton Signing for Babies training, it enables quick access to Makaton symbols and signs with video tutorials demonstrating each of the signs.It can also be used by iPod Touch and iPhone users.
No Pens Day Wednesday 2014
No Pens Day Wednesday is all about encouraging early years settings, schools and specialist provisions to put down their pens and to run a day of speaking and listening activities.
Implementing the 0 to 25 special needs system
An updated implementation pack that gives advice to local authorities and health partners about implementing the 0 to 25 special needs system from September 2014 has been released.
Lanterns Nursery School recognised at national communication awards
Congratulations to Lanterns Nursery School and Childen's Centre in Winchester for being highly commended in the Early Years Setting of the Year category at the 2013/2014 Shine a Light Awards for their work supporting children with special educational needs (SEN).
Signing for Valentine's Day
Our friends at The Grange have been practising their signs for Valentine’s Day! (With thanks to Ben, Elizabeth, Gillian, Jo, Maria, Rosie & Sue.)The Grange provides housing and training opportunities for people with disabilities.
Mrs Jean Parratt (1923 – 2014)
It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Mrs Jean Parratt has died. Jean was instrumental in the development of Makaton signing and training and was our first National Signing Advisor.
Advent calendar 2013: Behind the scenes and highlights
Need something to brighten up these wet and windy January days? Take a look at our video of behind the scenes footage and highlights of our 2013 advent calendar.The videos were watched nearly 20,000 times: thank you all for your support. And thanks again to everyone who took part.
Makaton Motivators celebrated at The Grange
The Grange is a registered charity based in Bookham in Surrey.  They provide a range of services to adults with disabilities including accommodation, training in life and social skills, and opportunities to work.
Dwylo'r Enfys wins BAFTA Cymru
Congratulations to all involved with S4C's Makaton children's programme Dwylo'r Enfys (Rainbow Hands), which is produced by Ceidiog, for winning an award in the Children’s Programme category at the British Academy Cymru Awards 2013.
Financial award winner
The Makaton Charity's Finance Manager, Lizz Nelhams, has won the award in the Planning and Budgeting category of this year's Sayer Vincent Financial Leadership Awards.
The Communication Trust welcomes our CEO to its Programme Board
Lysa Schwartz, CEO of The Makaton Charity, has been appointed to the Programme Board of The Communication Trust. The Programme Board is responsible for the direction and management of The Communication Trust’s strategy and yearly operational plan.
Dwylo'r Enfys nominated for a worldwide Rockie Award
S4C's Makaton children's programme Dwylo'r Enfys has been nominated for a prestigious Rockie Award at the 2013 Banff World Media Festival.Dwylo'r Enfys (Rainbow Hands), which is produced by Ceidiog, has been nominated in the Children Programmes (2+) Non-fiction category.
Do you sell on eBay?
You can now support us every time you sell an item on eBay. Select The Makaton Charity as your favourite charity, then whenever you list an item, simply choose a percentage of the sale price you would like to donate.
The Better Communication Research Programme
The Department for Education has recently published the outputs from the Better Communication Research Programme (BCRP).  The research programme ran for three years and was designed to investigate the progress of children with speech, language and communication needs over time.
Enfys reaches out across the rainbow
Dwylo'r Enfys (Rainbow Hands), a new TV programme for young children and families in Wales, is the first Welsh language programme to use Makaton.
Justin wins third BAFTA
Justin with Alesha Dixon, whopresented him with the award(Photo: BAFTA/ Richard Kendal)Congratulations to Justin Fletcher, who has won a BAFTA in the Presenter category for Something Special in the British Academy Children’s Awards.
Mr Tumble wins outstanding award for good communication
Children’s television presenter Justin Fletcher, aka Mr Tumble, from CBeebies Something Special programme, has received an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Shine a Light Awards 2012 for helping and supporting children in developing good communication skills.
Award-winning Christmas card design
Makaton Champion Andrea, from The Grange in Bookham, is one of the award winners in Mencap's National Christmas Card Competition.
The Makaton Charity receives supermarket donation
A new Tesco Express store in Blackwater has celebrated its launch with a donation to The Makaton Charity.
Free Quick start guide for MyChoicePad
For those of you who have the MyChoicePad Makaton app, you can now download and print this free Quick Start guide to remind you how to use all the features of MyChoicePad.MyChoice: Quick Start (pdf file, 3.2Mb) Don’t forget there are also tutorial videos online www.mychoicepad.com.
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