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Sign of the Week

6th - 12th February 2023

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

This week's sign is...


You can download the symbol and line drawing of the sign for Sweet from the Makaton Library:


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Signs of the Week

Vacancy: Administration Assistant

Vacancy: Administration Assistant

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We are recruiting! A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an Administration Assistant (6-month FTC, part-time, up to 25 hours) to work across several of our teams.

The key focus of the position will be to provide a first-class administrative service to the Resources and Training Teams, including answering queries, managing workshop admin, logging compliance issues and licence requests, editing and amending workshop material, sending out materials to candidates and keeping accurate records of course attendees and volunteers. On occasion, this role will also support the HR Manager with some tasks.

Candidates must be very organised and detail oriented, and have an approachable, friendly, and professional manner. Candidates must also be able to work independently as well as collaboratively and understand the different needs of our Makaton community. Knowledge of MS Office is essential, and full training on our internal IT systems will be provided.

For more details about the position and to get a full job description, please contact our HR Manager,

The role would ideally be based in our Frimley office, but some hybrid working is possible, and candidates must be able to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No agencies please.

No agencies please.


See also: Work for us


11th January 2023


MakaHike Accessible for All

MakaHike: Accessible for All



Our first MakaHike in 2021 was on Snowdon, last year Ben Nevis and this year one will be on Scafell Pike, but we are really keen to make one accessible for all, both in terms of terrain, challenge and geography.

Come and join us in the South Downs, Ditchling area, on Saturday 1st July 2023 to raise funds for The Makaton Charity. Afterwards there will be a Makaton concert led by Singing Hands to celebrate our achievement and promote the wonderful work of The Makaton Charity. Light refreshments will be available

The main walk will be 5.5 miles on accessible bridleways, suitable for wheelchairs/pushchairs. There is also a 3 miles option. The walk will start around 1pm

The cost of your place will be £17.00 for adults £8 for 2-16yrs and free for U2s, this is paid direct to the event organiser: Richard Fish Outdoor Adventures (RFOA). This entrance fee includes experienced and qualified mountain leaders, all the organisation, first aid cover, public liability insurance and a Makaton T-shirt.

All participants are asked to raise a minimum sponsorship amount of £50.

We anticipate this event will be very popular and numbers will be capped due to the amount of space in the hall for the Singing Hands concert and to ensure the walk is managed effectively. Book early!

Are you ready for the challenge? Email for the application form.


10th January 2023


Makaton story time with Ian

Makaton story time with Ian

I have been tutoring Ian, 53, since February.

Ian has autism and has minimal speech, which can be unclear to those unfamiliar to him. Since February, we have been exploring Makaton symbols with an aim for Ian to be using them as a communication aid to help build his independent communication when out and about.

We introduced the symbols through story spoons for the characters in Room on the Broom. I would read the story and sign each character, to which Ian would then match sign to the story spoon. Over time, Ian added sound effects for the animals as he became more confident with the use of them. Recognising symbols through stories has been effective for Ian and he now recognises a range of them.

Since the video was filmed, we have moved on the exploring how the witch feels at various parts of the story, using the Makaton symbols for each emotion. We have then linked the emotions to how Ian feels. He now accepts that it is good to feel sad, angry and worried as well happy in different situations.

Ian also has a lanyard with emotions and of interests that he uses to request and as conversation starters.

Holly Cannon Taylor

Holly Cannon Taylor
10th January 2023

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