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Sign of the Week

15th - 21st August 2022

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

This week's sign is...

Photograph

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  3. Share your video using the #wetalkmakaton hashtag
 
 

Signs of the Week

International Awareness Day
12/07/2022

Makaton International Awareness Day

 

Makaton International Awareness Day logoWe are launching a Makaton International Awareness Day, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Makaton Language Programme, which will take place on Sunday 28th August. Get your flags at the ready, bake that cake and grab yourself a picnic as we are having Makaton inspired garden parties around the country to celebrate!

We would love you to take part by flying the Makaton flag with us and hosting your own garden or house party. We have been busy making free resources for you to download, to decorate and give your party some Makaton magic. Including Makaton bunting, cake wraps and flags.

We have chosen the 28th August to celebrate our wonderful Makaton community as it is the Makaton founder Margaret Walker’s birthday. Within the resources there is a very special ‘colour in’ flag postcard where you can write a birthday wish to Margaret Walker.

Click here to download Makaton International Awareness Day Resources

We also have a range of new items available from the shop, including T-Shirts, wristbands, flags, and button badges .

Take photos of your Makaton party and share on social media using the hashtags #MakatonAwareness #FlagsForMakaton

If you wish to fundraise alongside your party, we’ve created some fundraising ideas to get your imagination flowing as well as a sponsorship form located within the resources area.

Fundraising ideas A-Z

Sponsorship form

Donations can also be made online via https://makaton.enthuse.com/profile

 

Published

12th July 2022

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NSPCC Talk PANTS with Makaton
30/06/2022

NSPCC Talk PANTS with Makaton

  
Launch at Watermill School

A school in Stoke hosted the launch of a new national resource it helped develop to help children with special educational needs to learn, understand and communicate about sexual abuse. NSPCC Talk PANTS with Makaton, launched at Watermill School on Thursday, June 23, features Pantosaurus, a friendly dinosaur, who uses age-appropriate language to help primary schoolchildren understand that their body belongs to them and to recognise when something is not okay and how to tell someone.

The new scheme will be the first time Pantosaurus has shared resources using Makaton, a unique language programme for people with disabilities that features symbols, signs and speech to help improve communication. The project has been developed by the NSPCC Together for Childhood Stoke partnership, Watermill School and The Makaton Charity, and will soon be shared across the UK.

Hannah with Pantosaurus

Brigitta Beckett, from Watermill School, said: “We’re really proud to be part of this project, as it will give children a voice in difficult situations, particularly those who have communication difficulties. “We got involved with the NSPCC Together for Childhood Stoke project several years ago, when Coventry University asked us to take part in some new research. The parents from our Watermill Parents Group became involved and discussed the challenges that lots of their children faced when communicating, especially around helping to keep them safe from sexual abuse. “It was during these discussions that the idea of NSPCC Talk PANTS with Makaton originated from and although it has taken some time, we are so excited that we can finally share the resources with everyone. We know that these resources will make a huge difference to so many children and we are really pleased that we have been part of such a fantastic project.”

Prompt cards

Since the PANTS campaign was launched, over 1.5 million parents have spoken to their children about the PANTS rules - . Rachel Wallace, NSPCC Local Campaigns Manager for the Midlands, said: “We’re delighted to be launching these new resources at Watermill School where the idea for these resources first came about. Once launched, anyone across the UK will be able to access these resources via our website. “Talk PANTS helps all children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should try to tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried. Children with disabilities are three to four times more likely to be abused than those without disabilities, so helping children with a range of needs to talk PANTS is really important. “Children who use Makaton can now learn about the PANTS rules by watching a series of short films and they can continue the conversation with teachers and parents by using Makaton symbols and signs from our free downloads.”

The new free resources have been created in partnership with The Makaton Charity and include:

Six films – one for each of the five PANTS rules and a summary film
A guide for parents and carers
A children’s booklet
A prompt card pack which can be printed, laminated and cut into individual prompt cards

For more information, please visit nspcc.org.uk/pantsguides  to download the new resources and to watch the films.
Published

30th June 2022

News

Reds Achieve Makaton Friendly Status
29/06/2022

Reds Achieve Makaton Friendly Status

 

Mighty Red with Makaton Friendly certificate Liverpool FC’s Official Mascot Mighty Red and the LFC Foundation have become the first ever Mascot programme and Premier League Football Foundation to be awarded Makaton Friendly Status.

By joining the Makaton Friendly scheme, the Reds can make their services accessible to everyone, especially those who use Makaton to aid their communication. As Mighty Red is a non-verbal character the use of Makaton will support fan engagement on matchdays at Anfield and Prenton Park and during his non-matchday community appearances and Anfield Tours.

To get accredited by The Makaton Charity, Mighty Red and LFC Foundation completed the Makaton Training and were awarded silver status, the highest accreditation. This involved learning Core Vocabulary along with special sports associated words.

Rishi Jain, senior manager ED&I at LFC said: “We’re proud to achieve Makaton Friendly Silver status and recognised for making our club as inclusive and accessible as possible to every fan.  “This has been an important piece of work by both the foundation and the mascot team and one we are immensely proud of. Thanks to The Makaton Charity, we can now ensure that all of LFCF’s Kicks Inclusion, SEN, Mental Health sessions and Mighty Red appearances are inclusive to all of those who require the use of Makaton to aid communication.”

Hannah Anderson, Membership and Partnerships Director from The Makaton Charity, commented: "We are thrilled to award the Liverpool Football Club Mascot Mighty Red and the Liverpool Football Club Foundation with Makaton Friendly Silver status in recognition of enabling their staff to learn Makaton signs and symbols to support people with communication difficulties. “The Makaton Charity exists to ensure everyone living with learning or communication difficulties has the tools and resources they need to understand and be understood. The charity aims to ensure that as many people as possible have access to Makaton and initiatives such as the Makaton Friendly partnership programme are a key tool in making organisations and community spaces more accessible to Makaton users. “The scheme drives inclusivity to help create a fairer and more tolerant society for all. This ensures that the excellent work done by organisations such as Liverpool Football Club continues within the community so that all visitors feel welcome"

Head to Mighty Red’s Instagram to see how to sign You’ll Never Walk Alone, Hello My Name Is and I Love LFC in Makaton.

Find out more about Becoming a Makaton Friendly Partner

Published

27th June 2022

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