“I have been really impressed with how easy it is to search for a word, and to quickly find a symbol, sign diagram and video of the word I need. The fact that I can open on any device and am not limited to one under a restricted licence is brilliant. I can look up a sign on any devices we have to hand at the time… Thanks Makaton Charity for developing such a fabulous resource.”
Tiffanie, Makaton Member
“I am really enjoying my Membership! It is so useful to have all the signs and symbols just at my fingertips and I love that I can log on from my phone when I am out and about if I need to quickly check a sign - so handy!”
Lucinda, Makaton Member
Frequently Asked Questions
If I take Standard Membership, can I upgrade to Premium later?
Yes, Standard Members can upgrade to Premium at any time for just £40. (Tip: It works out cheaper to start with Premium, rather than upgrade from Standard).
What vocabulary topics are included with each membership type?
Standard Membership includes access to signs, symbols and video tutorials from the Core Vocabulary and Makaton Signing for Babies, over 450 concepts for everyday communication. Plus Core Resources, Free Resources, Member Events, Reports and Guides, and Research.
Membership includes everything that comes with Standard Membership plus Animals, Food and
Drink, People (work, leisure and public services), Personal Social and
Health Education (PSHE), Transport and Vehicles, Living and Learning,
Additional concepts, and Sex Education.
Further topics will be added to Premium Membership over the next 12 months, including:
Bereavement, Games, Christian worship, Christmas, Electricity safety,
Fitter Feet, Social care, Going to the dentist, Health Communication,
Journey planner, Makaton for Maths, Make and Do, Nursery Rhymes,
Performing Arts, Road Safety, Singing Hands books of signs, Summer games
and international sports events, The Mental Health Act (sections 2 and
I'm planning to attend Makaton Training, do I need Membership as well?
Membership complements and enhances training. With 24/7 access to symbols, signs and video tutorials plus a supportive online community Membership is designed for the duration of your Makaton journey.
Can Group Members access the Makaton Library at the same time?
Yes, each group member has unique login and can access the Makaton Library anytime using one of up to four registered devices (eg work computer, home laptop, tablet and phone).
Why do I have to pay for Membership?
The Makaton Charity operates as efficiently as possible, carefully controlling costs and expenses. We do not receive Government funding or rely on donations. The charges we make for services reflect production costs and enable us to maintain the highest standards in the governance and development of the Makaton Language Program. This method of financing means we are robust and well placed to continue to support all those who benefit and rely on Makaton for their communication needs.
If I take out Membership will I still need to attend Makaton training?
If you prefer to learn at your own pace, in your own time, and in your own home then membership is a great way to begin and continue your Makaton journey. For those new to Makaton, we still recommend training. In training, you learn with other people, share your experiences, receive feedback on your signing and symbol work and benefit from practising with others.
Annual Membership models are a 12 month subscription paid annually. Pay Monthly Membership models are a minimum 12 month subscription which can be cancelled at any time upon completion of the initial 12 month subscription. The money we receive through our Membership subscriptions support the Charity to curate, develop and expand the use of the Makaton Language Programme. The Charity is committed to enabling all who need Makaton to access the signs and symbols. If you have some great ideas on what you would like to see available within the membership, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
All Makaton Membership types are classified as Informal Supporter Members of The Makaton Charity, where Supporter Membership is defined as an ‘informal membership’, who may be called a ‘member’ but who are not a company member of the Charity entitled to vote at general meetings.