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The latest news from The Makaton Charity.

20% off Workshops for Founder Members
14/01/2021

Workshop discount for Founder Members

Four members of the Happy Mondays Club

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.

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14th January 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.

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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.

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6th 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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If you haven't already registered it is free to sign up, don't miss out on a huge variety of free resources... Create an account

 

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.

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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

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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.

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19th August 2020

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Welcome to our new website
04/08/2020

Welcome to our new website

#BlackLivesMatter

Stephen signing OKThe new Makaton website heralds an exciting chapter for The Makaton Charity. Over the past 6 months, in addition to developing online training and launching the revised Level 3 workshop guides and manuals, the team at Makaton head office have been beavering away to get our new and interactive website up and running.

This has ensured that the charity has both successfully weathered the Covid storm, while also starting us on Our Vision to ‘Double the number of people using and engaging with the Makaton language programme’.

What’s new?

The new website provides a range of additional functionality, including easier access to free resources and downloads, including current and back copies of Sign of the Week. The website offers improved self-service, with the ability to track your relationship with the Charity, download invoices, and where appropriate pay by Purchase Order, together with enhanced searching to help you find local and online training in your area.

Later in the month, we will be launching our new Makaton membership scheme, open to the public. The membership scheme will for the first time offer users direct access into the Makaton Library and MakaChat social area. The Makaton Library enables users to search our database of signs, symbols, and videos. MakaChat provides a Charity-approved facility to contact and ask questions to our team of experienced tutor ambassadors.

Expanding the Makaton Library

We will be setting out our aspirations for new products and services. These will include expanding the searchable database from our Core Vocabulary collection to include our full Resource database, with over 65,000 assets, supporting over 15,000 sign and symbol concepts. Makaton will be creating one of the largest digital searchable sign and symbol databases in the world.

New initiatives and aspirations

Longer term we are working on a range of new and exciting initiatives; from online booking where you will be able to register and pay for Tutors run courses to offering a self-service templating, where you will be able to develop your own Makaton forms and materials. We will be rolling out new and exciting online and face to face refresher training and practice sessions, so you can feel more confident using Makaton more fluently.

Finally following your feedback we are working with a range of third-party providers to better link the Makaton language programme with existing online and app-based provision, with the aim of making Makaton one of the best integrated language programmes.

Digital vs Traditional

While this is an exciting and significant step into a digital world, we are not forgetting the importance of direct delivery and the support that a face to face environment can offer, that is why we will be developing the digital alongside the more traditional teaching methods. Keep an eye out for the launch of the new Level 4 workshop, together with new signs and symbols to better meet the needs of our diverse community base.

Help and support

Do have a look at the website, it is well worth it.

If you do find things that aren’t quite right or if you need any support using the website, please drop us a note on the ‘Contact Us’ through the ‘Help’ icon on the website, or email our help desk team at help@makaton.org, and our wonderful Makaton team will be on the case.

Thank you once again for your support, do keeping a look-out for new developments and releases coming soon and enjoy browsing our new website and library hub.

Happy browsing.. and do keep signing!

Author

Stephen Hall

CEO, The Makaton Charity

4th August 2020

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Black Lives Matter
11/06/2020

Black Lives Matter

#BlackLivesMatter

The Charity is saddened by the challenges and prejudice still faced by Black members of the community. As an organisation we stand together with the victims of marginalisation and repression because of their race, and with those who seek change. At Makaton we value equality and inclusion, and Makaton is a language programme for everyone. As a Charity we are striving to expand accessibility to help everybody communicate effectively from all backgrounds.

We are committed to developing an enhanced cultural mix of support materials and where appropriate widen our language programme to reflect diversity. The recent events have made The Makaton Charity look at our own responsibilities, and we hope to meet the highest expectations of change and inclusion within our communication system.

We would like to show you some signs to help you support the #BlackLivesMatter movement:

 
 
Published

11th June 2020

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Covid-19 advice
14/04/2020

Covid-19 advice

Lily washing her hands

Nic and Lily show us how to wash our hands properly, and explain what is meant by social distancing. Thanks to Makaton Tutor Nicola Pike for making these videos.

 

 

Published

14th April 2020

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Coronavirus / Covid-19 Signs
09/04/2020

Coronavirus / Covid-19 Signs

Hannah signing Hello

Hannah shows us a few useful signs to support you in identifying some symptoms of Coronavirus / Covid-19.

Published

9th April 2020

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An update from The Makaton Charity
26/03/2020

An update from The Makaton Charity

#BlackLivesMatter

Stephen Hall, Chief Executive of The Makaton Charity, gives an update on how we at the Charity are working to support you, our wider Makaton family, during the current situation.

 
 

Transcript of the video

Hi my name is Stephen and I’m the Chief Executive at The Makaton Charity and I want to update you on how we at the Charity are working to support you, our wider Makaton family.

This past week has seen a seismic change to all our lives, with schools closed, travel and movement restricted, and families and love ones separates in ways we would not even have considered possible even a few days ago.

This is a frightening and unnerving experience for everyone, but even more so for those with a learning disability or communication need; and we at the Makaton Charity are committed to doing all we can to support our community of users and the wider network of tutors, to get through this period.

Over the past week, The Makaton Charity has been working hard to establish an effective remote working environment, and I’m pleased to confirm that we are now fully operational, with all telephone lines and emails working, and our online ordering and product dispatch systems fully in place.

But we now need to up our game even more, with our community effectively locked down, we are working to provide an ever growing range of digital support and services to our network, with weekly downloadable resources for parents and families on our website, sign posting to key partner activity, such as those provided by Singing Hands; together with a growing list of support materials developed and shared via the wider tutor network.

This time at home, also provides a unique opportunity to move the learning of Makaton into an online environment. So, I can confirm that we are running a number of pilot Webinars this week, based around the Zoom platform. Over the next few days these pilots will feed into the same formal guidance for our tutor network, so that over the coming weeks more people can learn and refresh their knowledge of the Makaton language programme. So that we can ensure that the excellent standards of learning delivery are maintained, can I ask our Tutor network to hold fire on web-based delivery until these guidelines are published early next week.

But we need to go further still, I’m therefore pleased to confirm that we are ramping up our efforts to setup and deploy our Makaton Hub initiative. This will for the first time provide Users and Tutors alike with a central place to advertise and book onto Makaton network trainings, be that online or face2face; together with a membership platform providing a central space where individuals who use Makaton will be able to come together and share ideas and resources and access and search our database of  over 14,000 signs, symbols and videos. Testing will start soon, so if you are interested in helping us to develop and test this exciting resource, keep an eye on our website for further information on how you could get involved.

In closing, can I thank everyone for their many of emails, texts and Facebook posts of support and encouragement. We at the Charity are committed to do our bit to help our community and nation get through this difficult time, and as a plea to our innovative tutor network – if you have any downloads or materials you would like to share, do email them to the office and we will make them freely available and credit you for the idea provided.

Announcements are coming each week via Facebook, Twitter and our website so keep checking, and I would encourage you if you are not already sign up to join the Makaton Newsletter which can be found on our website.

Thanks for everything you are doing, collectively we can get through this. Keep safe and keep signing.

Thanks for listening

Published

26th March 2020

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