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3rd - 9th May 2021

Learn a new word every week and be inspired to get signing.

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Great Things Award 2021

Great Things Award 2021

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We are thrilled to announce that The Makaton Charity has recently received the iMIS Great Things Award 2021.

Software company Advanced Solutions International (ASI) is the developer of a member engagement system called iMIS, which is part of The Makaton Charity’s new digital offering. The Great Things Awards are based on ASI's mission to "Help People Achieve Great Things Through Innovative Solutions". ASI recognises iMIS clients who have demonstrated excellence in using iMIS to improve operational efficiency, advance their mission and achieve 'great things’. 

In August 2020, The Makaton Charity launched the new Makaton Membership and website, utilising iMIS technology to provide a simple and smooth user journey. Stephen Hall (CEO of The Makaton Charity) said: "The integration capability of the iMIS system, which, like Lego, allows you to connect different systems and technologies together, is greatly improving user experience and accessibility.”

The launch of the Makaton Membership has been revolutionary for the Makaton community as it gives access to Makaton at your fingertips 24/7. This empowers people with communication difficulties through giving core Makaton users and their support network digital access to essential Makaton vocabulary, which can help to overcome frustration and promote inclusion. Since the launch last year, over 30,000 new members have joined, and we look forward to another innovative year as we develop our digital offer, ensuring everyone living with learning or communication difficulties has the tools and resources they need to understand and be understood.

Makaton Membership. Makaton at your fingertips…24/7 makaton.org/membership

Learn more about the iMIS platform at www.advsol.com


14th April 2021


Win Mr Tumble Toys!

Win Mr Tumble Toys!

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This competition is now closed.


Golden Bear, the makers of the Mr Tumble toy range, would love to know your thoughts!

For a chance to win a Mr Tumble Toy*, head over to our Facebook page and comment on our post, telling us what Makaton concepts/phrases/symbols would be useful for a new Mr Tumble communication toy.

*Please note that we cannot guarantee which toy you will receive.

A young child holding a Mr Tumble doll, and a ball with a picture of Mr Tumble on it

Terms and Conditions

  1. The promoter is: The Makaton Charity (company no. 06280108) whose registered office is at 66 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LH.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of The Makaton Charity and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via https://makaton.org/TMC/News_Stories/News/Win_Mr_Tumble_Toys
  6. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  7. Closing date for entry will be 12th April 2021. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  9. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows: Write a comment directly on the Facebook post stating what Makaton concepts/phrases/symbols would be useful for a new Mr Tumble communication toy.
  10. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in any event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  11. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  12. The prize is as follows: Mr Tumble Toy.
  13. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  14. Winners will be chosen at random by software, from all entries received and verified by The Makaton Charity.
  15. The winners will be notified by DM on Facebook within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  16. The Makaton Charity will notify the winners when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.
  17. The Makaton Charity’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  18. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  19. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
  20. The winners agree to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  21. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  22. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to The Makaton Charity and not to any other party.

31st March 2021


Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

Makaton symbol for 'the sun' overlaid on top of a Zoom video screenshot of people singing and signing 'Here Comes the Sun'

We are delighted to share with you this wonderful video of the Makaton Tutors' Choir signing Here Comes the Sun! The perfect song to mark the gradual lifting of lockdown across the UK in Spring 2021 and to hopefully celebrate that good times are coming! Enjoy 😊

With thanks to Singing Hands and the 80 choir members from all over the UK!



30th March 2021


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