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Makaton symbol for Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

Thursday 2nd December 2021

A new Makaton treat every day during Advent

 

23 sleeps to go

Today, Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship sign Cracker.

You can download the symbol and line drawing of the sign for Cracker from the Makaton Library: once you're in the Library, either Search for the name of the sign or scroll down to Browse Folders and click on Free resources > Christmas

 

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For further details see: How do I download the Sign of the Week?

We want to see you signing!

  1. Record a video of yourself signing. Landscape videos are best!
  2. Upload your video to your favourite social media platform
  3. Share your video using the #WeTalkMakaton hashtag
 
 

Countdown to Christmas

Vacancy: Training Admin Assistant
30/11/2021

Vacancy: Training Admin Assistant

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The Makaton Charity is recruiting!

We are looking for a Training Admin Assistant to support the Training Coordinator in arranging workshop training for organisations.

The role includes liaison with customers and Makaton Tutors and the use of IT systems including MS Word, Excel and Outlook.

This is a 6-month, Fixed Term contract to cover maternity, and is for 20 hours a week, Monday – Thursday from 9.30am-2.30pm (some flexibility on this).

For further information and a full Job Description, please contact sarah.parke@makaton.org.

The closing date for this vacancy is Tuesday 7th December 2021.

See also: Work for us

Published

30th November 2021

News

Strictly signing 2021
19/11/2021

Strictly signing 2021

Rose and Giovanni from Strictly Come Dancing 2021 signing Hello

Alice with her Makaton Symbol resourceSince 2017, at the age of 12, Alice has loved all things Strictly Come Dancing - the Glitter Ball, Musicals week, Blackpool and even Craig Revel Horwood!

There was a particular dance from that year that became a favourite – danced by celebrity Gemma Atkinson and professional dancer Aljaž Škorjanec, Alice still talks about it every day.

Back in 2018 I faced a problem, how to help Alice understand why Aljaž would have a new dance partner in the next series, and her beloved Gemma would not be in the show.  So, with Alice’s help I developed a ‘Match the Dance Partners’ Makaton Symbol Resource.

Making this resource each year has become our favourite activity!

As soon as the new celebrities are announced we make a resource with their Strictly announcement photo and a Makaton Symbols to show what they are famous for/what they do e.g. Actor, Olympian, TV presenter, Singer etc.

Alice enjoys getting to know the celebrities and guessing who they might be partnered. By the time launch night arrives, Alice is ready with glue stick in hand to permanently match the celebrities to their professional dance partners.

With permissions from The Makaton Charity, we started to share this resource on Alice’s #StrictlySigning webpage and were astounded that this year it was downloaded a record 683 times.

Alongside the downloads Alice began to receive messages about how fabulous the resource was, helping Strictly fans engage with the launch show and supporting memory and understanding after watching the show. We were thrilled that our resource was helping others, and it encouraged us to share of our Strictly resources.

Each week Alice and I make a new score sheet and update records of the previous weeks scores and elimination – these are all shared on Alice’s #StrictlySigning webpage. To see a simple idea support and benefit so many others is A-MAZ-ING!

What about the Signing?!

Of course, Alice’s Strictly engagement is not limited to Makaton Symbols but Makaton Signs too. Alice continues to campaign each year for more awareness of signing on mainstream TV, and this year’s response has been exceptional.

Alice makes video messages that we tweet to all the celebrities and professionals encouraging them to sign ‘Thank You’ and ‘Hello not Goodbye’ at the start of the show. Alice has seen support from Makaton Tutors and other inclusion heroes who have supported her bid. We are sure you have noticed the record number of thank yous signed each week: FAB-U-LOUS!

This year thanks to help from Alice’s friend Harry (whose Mum is Makaton Tutor Jemma Sagar), Amy Dowden and Tom Fletcher have signed Hello every week this series.

Of course this year has seen a rise awareness thanks the East Enders Actress Rose Ayling-Ellis who is deaf and a British Sign Language (BSL) user.

We believe that all signing awareness should be celebrated, respecting different ways in which we communicate is essential in an inclusive world. 

As living rooms across the UK fell silent for a few moments during week 7 of Strictly when Rose and Giovanni danced their couple choice’s. Mid performance the music stopped and they continued to dance in silence, you may have  reached for a tissue – moved by the moment and experience.

I glanced at Alice – absorbed by the dance – not even realising the music had stopped because to her the sudden loss of sound is nothing new or unexpected.

The judge Motsi said:

"In this case, I honestly feel like saying thank you. I think this was such a beautiful moment to include us in your world and for us to actually understand how important and how aware we all could be of each other genuinely everywhere. This was so special. Sometimes it's more than just marks and scores and dancing, sometimes it's just a moment."

We can all be better by having experienced that moment, respectful, kinder. More inclusive.

Alice and I can’t wait to see who will hold the Glitter Ball this year! #keepdancing #keepsigning

Visit https://inclusiveteachingmatters.com/strictlysigning/ to download the symbol resource.

Author

Amanda Glennon

19th November 2021

Out and about

Makaton Friendly relaunched!
18/11/2021

Makaton Friendly relaunched!

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Young man pointing to a symbol menu held by a young waitressWe are delighted to announce that we have relaunched our exciting new Makaton Friendly partnership programme, designed to make organisations and community more accessible to Makaton users. We are passionate about communication and firmly believe that all children and adults with learning or communication difficulty should enjoy equal access to services and facilities. The scheme drives inclusivity to help create a fairer and more tolerant society for all.

There are Makaton Friendly organisations across the country, with more joining each week. They can range from nurseries, childminders schools and colleges to farms, churches, retail shops, cafes even football and sport clubs. They have all invested in their staff and venues to meet our Makaton Friendly criteria and improve their accessibility for anyone using Makaton.

Take a look at our Makaton Friendly map is there a Makaton Friendly place near you? Are you visiting an area? Why not check if there is a Makaton Friendly organisation there!

We are proud to say that St Asaph is the first Makaton Friendly city in Wales to become Makaton Friendly. This has taken a lot of hard work and dedication from our Makaton Tutors and organisations in the city, working together to provide a whole community that welcomes and includes people with learning or communication difficulties that use Makaton. We have other towns that are Makaton Friendly and large cities that are hot on the heels of St Asaph.

When you are out and about you may see our Makaton Friendly window sticker or certificate

This is to show that the organisation has demonstrated that they:

  • Understand that people use alternative ways to communicate
  • Provide a supporting and welcoming environment
  • Use symbols and signs around the organisation to aid inclusiveness and independence

Do you work in an organisation or have visited somewhere that you feel is Makaton Friendly? We have more information on our website for organisations about Becoming a Makaton Friendly Partner. Alternatively, please contact us at help@makaton.org if you would like some more guidance  on how to help an organisation to become Makaton Friendly.
If you visit a Makaton Friendly place, please share with us on social media it would be great to see and hear of your visits.

Published

18th November 2021

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