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The latest news from The Makaton Charity.

World Book Day: accessible storytelling
04/03/2021

Accessible storytelling for World Book Day

Young man signing next to a cuddly blue cat

Four charities from across the UK have come together to highlight accessible storytelling for this year’s World Book Day.

Family Fund, the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people, joined with The Makaton Charity, Singing Hands, and Wouldn’t Change a Thing to create a visual storytelling film, using Makaton, of children’s laureate Julia Donaldson CBE’s book Room on the Broom, featuring families and children who have been supported by the charities, alongside volunteers and employees. The video tells the award-winning story using Makaton, which combines signs, symbols and speech to help people communicate.

 

More than 100,000 children and adults use Makaton, and it can work as a main method of communication or to assist speech, and it can allow children with disabilities to express themselves independently.

This is the third year that Family Fund, The Makaton Charity, Singing Hands, and Wouldn’t Change a Thing have come together to create a Makaton storytelling video, with the hope that more people will understand how important Makaton is for people.   

Cheryl Ward, Chief Executive at Family Fund, said “Families come together through storytelling, and this is a great example of how Makaton can help stories be accessible to children with learning or communication difficulties. It is wonderful to see our families signing together, and we’re delighted to be sharing another classic story for families to enjoy.”

Suzanne and Tracy of Singing Hands say “We love signing stories – they are the perfect vehicle for teaching and practising Makaton signing in a child-centred, fun way.  World Book Day enables us to showcase how Makaton can be used to enhance storytelling and make it more inclusive to all”

Zanna Finnerty, from The Makaton Charity, says "The Makaton Charity exists to ensure that everyone living with learning or communication difficulties has the tools and resources they need to understand and be understood. Using Makaton with storytelling ensures that everyone can join in and feel included."

Stef Fallows, Trustee from Wouldn’t Change a Thing, said “We are delighted to be part of the collaboration for World Book Day for a third year. The benefits of books and storytelling on child development are well-recognised, as well as the simple pleasure that a good story brings! We are proud to be part of a project that helps to make WBD as inclusive as possible, and increase the awareness of Makaton.”

The video will be broadcast across the charities’ social media channels on World Book Day, and sent to schools to use as a learning resource.

Room on the Broom was written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler and published in 2001. It was also adapted into an Oscar-nominated animated film in 2012.

Published

4th March 2021

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March Madness
01/03/2021

March Madness

It's March Madness time again! Get 15% off the cost of most resources until Wednesday 31st March 2021.

Simply go to the shop . add one or more resources into your shopping cart, go to the checkout, type the code MarchMadness in to the promotional code field, and click Apply to get 15% off all eligible products.*

 

*The special offer applies to all the resources in the shop, except for those in the following categories:

Little Bilinguals resources get a 20% discount.

The relevant discount will be applied to the total cost of your order.

Published

21st August 2020

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Coronavirus Test
19/02/2021

Coronavirus Test

Zanna signing the letter C

Zanna shows us how to sign Coronavirus Test.

 

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Published

13th January 2021

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Women’s health resource
10/02/2021

Women’s health resource

Young woman talking with a teenage girl, who has Down's syndrome

Would you like to help The Makaton Charity to develop a women’s health resource?

Sarah, a student from Stirling University, has teamed up with one of our Senior Tutors, Shelina Mitha, to carry out an incredibly worthwhile research project to support women in understanding their menstrual cycle. Selina and Sarah have developed resources specifically around this topic, including a social story on growing up and having a period, along with a communication board to support conversations.

They are looking for families who use Makaton who would benefit from this resource, and be willing to be interviewed about their experience over Zoom, to provide feedback. If you are interested in piloting the resource and are willing to take part in a short Zoom interview, please email smayes.makaton@gmail.com for more information. Thank you!

Published

9th February 2021

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£5,000 Donation from Farnborough Airport
09/02/2021

£5,000 Donation from Farnborough Airport

Aeoroplane on runway at Farnborough Airport

At the start of 2020, Farnborough Airport chose The Makaton Charity as their ‘Charity of the Year’ partner, with great hopes of running many fundraising events throughout the year, and raising awareness of the Makaton language programme. Unfortunately, due to the Covid pandemic, that wasn’t to be, and the partnership took a backseat to more immediate and serious issues.

We were delighted to be contacted by Farnborough Airport to hear that they were donating £5,000 as their commitment to the partnership, and that they hope 2021 will see more face-to-face events and wider fundraising efforts.

Huge thanks to Farnborough Airport for this wonderful donation – a real surprise in such difficult times.

Published

9th February 2021

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Wearing a face mask
13/01/2021

Wearing a face mask

Nic (wering a face mask) and Lily

Nic and Lily use Makaton to help explain wearing a face mask, including how to sign the UK government Covid-19 advice: Hands. Face. Space. Thanks to Makaton Tutor Nicola Pike for making this video.

 

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Published

13th January 2021

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Group Membership Webinars
06/01/2021

Group Membership Webinars

Group of four women signing Good

The date for these webinars has now passed.

On Wednesday 20th January we will be hosting two live webinars, giving a tour of the Group Founders Membership benefits.

Group Membership is perfect for sharing within a family and between professionals, with up to four individual logins. The four logins include all of the Founders Membership benefits plus the facility to share your favourite folders between Group Members, providing continuity of language between the support network and the Makaton User. Great value at £90 per year (£22.50 per year per person).

Join us on the 20th January to find out what Group Membership can offer you, including a Q&A.

Published

6th January 2021

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New Year, New MakaYou
06/01/2021

New Year, New MakaYou

Makaton symbol for To Run

New Year, New MakaYou

 

Sign up for a 7-day FREE Founders Membership trial and search for the video 'To Run' in the Makaton Library. See how many times you can use the sign!

Visit makaton.org/membership  to create your account (one free trial per person).

This is the last month to become a Founder Member! Founders Membership is available until 31st January 2021. This includes access to and download of the Core Vocabulary plus an additional 700 signs and symbols from the Living and Learning resource, absolutely FREE! Don't miss out on this exclusive offer.

Published

6th January 2021

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20% off Workshops for Founder Members
06/01/2021

Workshop discount for Founder Members

Four members of the Happy Mondays Club

This offer ended on 31st January 2021.

We are offering 20% off to Founder Members for all Level 1 to 4 Makaton Workshops booked before the end of 31st January 2021. This discount can only be used on Workshops that are run by The Makaton Charity.

If you are Founder Member, please log in to get your 20% workshop discount code.

If you are not yet a Founder Member, click here to join.

This is the last month to become a Founder Member! Founders Membership is available until 31st January 2021. This includes access to and download of the Core Vocabulary plus an additional 700 signs and symbols from the Living and Learning resource, absolutely FREE! (Makaton will honour the additional 700 signs and symbols year on year, for as long as you renew your membership.)

Please note: The discount is only available to Individual and Group Founder Members. It is not available to Trial Members.

Published

14th January 2021

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Countdown to Christmas 2020
05/01/2021

Countdown to Christmas 2020

Young people signing and singing

A massive thank you to everyone who took part in our Countdown to Christmas.

To help you get through the dark days of January we’ve put together a few highlights and outtakes. Enjoy!

Published

6th January 2021

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Group Founders Membership
03/12/2020

Group Founders Membership

Group Founders Membership is available until 31st January 2021. This includes access to and download of the Core Vocabulary plus an additional 700 signs and symbols from the Living and Learning resource, absolutely free!

The Living and Learning vocabulary set includes the following topics:

  • Timetable subjects
  • Days of the week
  • Body parts
  • Material
  • Time and seasons
  • Shapes
  • Plants and tree
  • Derbyshire Language Scheme vocabulary

The Group Founders Membership  offer lasts until 31st January 2020.

 

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Published

3rd December 2020

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Christmas stocking fillers
26/11/2020

Christmas stocking fillers

Christmas stocking fillers

Christmas stocking fillers

 

Spread the Makaton Magic this Christmas:

* STOP PRESS * Adult T-Shirts now available:

Published

26th November 2020

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Totemigo special offer
25/11/2020

Totemigo special offer

Totemigo

This offer ended 31st December 2020.

Totemigo is a multi-purpose tactile tool which uses Makaton symbols to help you communicate and learn in a variety of fun ways. You can use Totemigo for making choices, sentences, matching and much more.

Published

25th November 2020

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Founders Membership
13/11/2020

Founders Membership

Cheerful young man surrounded by Christmas baubles

The Perfect Christmas Gift! Makaton Founders Membership

It is fantastic to see so many of you joining the Core Membership. We have received great feedback from many members who are exploring the Makaton Library and making the most of their access to the vocabulary signs, symbols and videos. MakaChat, the exclusive membership community space, has also seen lots of interaction with our knowledgeable Tutors and Ambassadors.

We would like to thank all of you who have supported us by joining the membership offer. As an added benefit for all members who have signed up to the Core membership package, you will now be moved into a Founders Membership category. Anyone who signs up between now and the 31st January 2021 will also become a Founder Member, for the same price as Core Membership.

Founders Membership gives access to our Living and Learning vocabulary set, which offers an additional 700 signs and symbol free of charge.

Topics include:

  • Timetable subjects
  • Days of the week
  • Body parts
  • Material
  • Time and seasons
  • Shapes
  • Plants and tree
  • Derbyshire Language Scheme vocabulary

Founders Membership makes the perfect Christmas present that keeps giving support throughout the year. With home-schooling on the rise, this is a great opportunity to ensure you have access to the tools you need.

 

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Published

13th November 2020

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Communication Access UK
12/11/2020

Communication Access UK

Communication Access symbol

As face coverings become the norm in the current COVID-19 climate, communication between people is becoming increasingly challenging, and for approximately 14 million people who have additional communication needs it is even tougher.

Communication Access UK is an initiative developed in partnership by charities and organisations, including The Makaton Charity, that share a vision to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties.

Together, we’ve developed the Communication Access Symbol, a new disability access symbol, underpinned by a completely free training package and standards,  designed to make life easier for millions of people in the UK.

Communication Access UK was formed by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) in partnership with Stroke Association, Headway, MND Association, Disability Rights UK, Business Disability Forum, Communication Matters, The Makaton Charity, and The National Network of Parent Carer Forums.  

If you would like to support with raising funding for this fantastic initiative you can donate through the crowd funding page.

The training for organisations gives them information and awareness of how they can support all with a communication need. The organisation can then further their support to the Makaton community by attending Makaton training to enable them to gain Makaton Friendly  status, which recognises they have attended a certain level of training and they have key staff who can support the Makaton user with signs and symbols. The Makaton Friendly initiative is under review and will be ready early in the new year.

About the new Communication Access symbol

 

Wilfred, one of our Makaton Advocates, talks with Richard Fish, Makaton Ambassador, about what the Communication Access symbol means to him, and how the Makaton Friendly initiative helps with the use of signs and symbols

Published

12th November 2020

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Maggi Golding
04/11/2020

Maggi Golding

Maggi Golding

Maggi GoldingThe Makaton Charity would like to express our deep sadness at the passing of Maggi Golding.

Maggi was South Africa’s national Makaton coordinator; her passion, energy and drive was a real inspiration to all that she met. She will be dearly missed.

We send our love and support to our Makaton Family in South Africa at this difficult time ❤️

Maggi Golding obituary

Published

4th November 2020

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Black History Month
26/10/2020

Black History Month

Front pages of Black History Month vocabulary and game downloads

In support of Black History Month we have two free Makaton downloads available from the Makaton Library, in collaboration with Makaton Tutors Nicola Pike and Kris Campbell, a vocabulary download and a matching game.

Front pages of the Black History Month vocabulary and matching game downloads

 
 

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Published

26th October 2020

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Sign & Symbol Downloads
22/09/2020

Sign & Symbol Downloads

Cheerful baby wearing a colourful stripy cardigan

We have been listening to your feedback over the past 3 weeks and it’s wonderful to see so many of you enjoying your access to Makaton Signs and Symbols housed in the NEW Makaton Library. We have also had positive reports of many users gaining support and guidance through the exclusive MakaChat social area.

A common thread of feedback that we received was the desire to download Signs and Symbols within the Makaton Library, on reflection we too think this would be a fabulous addition.

With immediate affect we have introduced the new capability to enable you to download up to 40 signs and symbols per month* to support your Makaton journey – Enjoy!

Not a member yet?  Then you are missing out…..

If you would like to have a 7 day free trial of the new Core Membership, please sign up for a free account  then go to the Membership page . Click the 7 day free trial link and you will have access to over 500 Makaton Signs and Symbols, download options and entry into the Core Member MakaChat discussion group.

* You can download any combination of signs, symbols and PDF files, up to 40 per month. For example: 40 signs; or 20 signs and 20 symbols; or 15 signs, 15 symbols and 10 PDF files etc.

Published

22nd September 2020

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Back to school: special offers
23/08/2020

Back to school: special offers

SALE: 20% off selected resources

This promotion ended on 30th September 2020.

To celebrate the return to school, we're giving 20% off the cost of selected resources until Wednesday 30th September 2020. Just add one or more of the resources listed below into your shopping cart, go to the checkout, type the code BACK2SCHOOL in to the promotional code field, and click Apply to get 20% off all the eligible products.

Screenshot of checkout showing BACK2SCHOOL code in the promotional code field

 

The special offer applies to the following resources:

Downloadable resources

Published

21st August 2020

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Win a Mr Tumble Talk and Sing Soft Toy!
22/08/2020

Win a Mr Tumble Talk and Sing Soft Toy!

Win a Mr Tumble Talk and Sing Soft Toy!

The deadline for this competition was 30th September 2020.

To celebrate the launch of the Makaton Hub we are giving you the chance to win a Mr Tumble Talk and Sing Soft Toy.

For a chance to win head over to our Facebook page and comment on our post, telling us your favourite Makaton symbol or sign!

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_a_Mr_Tumble_Talk_and_Sing_Soft_Toy
  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 30th September 2020. 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 Facebookpost stating your favourite Makaton sign.
  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 Talk and Sing Soft 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 chosenat 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 beentered 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.
Published

22nd August 2020

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Meet the Makaton Ambassadors
19/08/2020

Meet the Makaton Ambassadors

Peter Rooney, Makaton Ambassador

We would like to congratulate and celebrate the success of the new Makaton Ambassadors being welcomed onboard to support with a wide variety of areas with their skill and expertise.

They are the first cohort of Ambassadors to be announced since our founder Margaret Walker left her legacy of our Senior Tutors, who continue to strive to maintain the quality of the Makaton Language Programme and continue to pass on the knowledge to our Ambassadors. You will see our Ambassadors out about in the community supporting the development of Makaton across all possible aspects.

Published

19th August 2020

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