Get Santa Signing 2017

Santa on training Last December a young girl had a magical surprise when a Father Christmas on board a Polar Express train started to communicate with her using Makaton.

A short video clip of Santa signing to 3 year old Betsy was posted by several national newspapers and went viral.

The Santa on the video learned sign language during his time as a social worker which inspired him to attend the Makaton Taster for Santa. Christmas is a magical time for most children and this video illustrates how learning a few Makaton signs can transform a visit for a child with communication difficulties.

Santa training The #GetSantaSigning project involves running dedicated Makaton for Santa workshops and sharing the news of Makaton Friendly Grottos via social media. Several shopping centres, trusts and organisations signed up for training and were proud and moved by the response from their visitors.

This Christmas, the #GetSantaSigning project is set to support more Makaton families.  The Makaton Charity is supporting Tutors nationwide to deliver the Makaton for Santa workshops, with several are already planned:

16th November 2017
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Venue: Johnson Community Hospital, Spalding, PE11 3DT
Cost: FREE
Contact: Julie Appleyard Julie.Appleyard@lincs-chs.nhs.uk or 01205 367358 etc 305

17th November 2017
Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Venue: Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1NS
Cost: £30 per Santa or Elf (£15 if returning from last year)
Contact: Libby Lumley LibbyMakatonTutor@gmail.com

17th November 2017
Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Venue: Centre for Independent Living, Sension House, Denton Drive, Northwich, CW9 7LU
Cost: £30 per Santa or Elf (£15 if returning from last year)
Contact: Amanda Glennon Amanda@itmatterscic.co.uk

24th November 2017
Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Venue: Beech House, Waterside South, Lincoln LN5 7JH
Cost: FREE
Contact: Julie Appleyard Julie.Appleyard@lincs-chs.nhs.uk or 01205 367358 ext 305

24th November 2017
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Venue: Derwen College, Whittington Rd, Gobowen, Oswestry, SY11
Cost: £10 including drinks and mince pies
Contact: bookings@derwen.ac.uk or 01691 661234 ex 230

28th November 2017
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Venue: Allcooper Security Group, 76 Kingsholm Road, Gloucester, GL1 3BD
Cost: £30 per Santa or Elf
Contact: Dawn Cooper dawn@peterpiperpicked.co.uk

The @getsantasinging facebook page is been used to share information on training and where you can find Makaton Friendly Santa's and Grotto's.

12th September 2017

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