The Makaton Charity

The Makaton Charity

A young girl holds her teachers hand and smiles up at her

The Makaton Charity exists to ensure that everyone living with learning or communication difficulties has the tools and resources they need to communicate.  We work towards this through our activities:

  • providing training to families, carers, and professionals;
  • developing and producing printed and electronic resources;
  • working with others to make their information accessible;
  • providing advice and support for families and professionals;
  • working in partnership to influence society and empower people.

The Makaton Charity uses a sustainable, cascade approach to sharing Makaton. This ensures the maximum number of people can benefit from using Makaton.


Our nationwide network of over 1,000 licensed Makaton Tutors and Trainers across the UK deliver training to over 30,000 parents, carers and professionals each year.


Our wide range of printed and electronic resources extends from nursery rhyme DVDs to vocabulary books covering complex subjects such as bereavement to electronic collections of signs and symbols for computer use.


Accessible information enables Makaton users to participate in life. For example, by working with Local Councils to translate materials using Makaton symbols so that Makaton users can vote in local elections, and with housing associations to provide information about the services they offer.


Our free Family Advisory Service provides information and support to parents and family members of people with a learning or communication difficulty and to the professionals working with them.


Working with partners such as The National Portrait Gallery, Her Majesty's Court Service and the BBC promotes communication and makes Makaton available so more people are able to participate.

Shared laughter

Tom H with his sword, and two dogs

How would we have had that conversation and shared that laughter without us both learning Makaton? I'm so glad we did...


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Email us at info@makaton.org

Call us on 01276 606760

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