The Makaton Charity

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“I love the way that Makaton has enabled my son to develop his speech and make himself understood. It was like a light coming on when he very first used it and was understood. He is a lot more confident and loves to know that everyone understands him.”

Makaton is a communication programme that combines signs, symbols and speech to empower anyone living with learning or communication difficulties to understand and be understood. Makaton has brought positive transformation to millions of lives by giving people a way to express themselves independently, overcoming frustration and promoting inclusion. There are currently in excess of 2.2 million people in the UK with speech, language and communication difficulties and over 1 million Makaton users.

The Makaton Charity exists to ensure that everyone living with learning or communication difficulties has the tools and resources they need to understand and be understood. The Charity curates and promotes the Makaton communication programme, trains and supports the Licensed Makaton Tutor network, and provides tools to enhance the learning and usage of Makaton. Visit to find out more about the impact Makaton has on beneficiaries and their families or support networks.

The Makaton Charity

  • provides training to parents, carers, and professionals
  • develops and produces printed and electronic resources
  • works with others to make their information accessible
  • works in partnership to influence society and empower people

Through our national network of over 1,000 licensed Makaton tutors and trainers, over 50,000 parents, carers and professionals receive Makaton training each year. Our cascade approach enables us to share knowledge and offers a sustainable model for empowering others to improve communication for all.

Products/services include:

  • Training for parents, carers and professionals
  • Resources using Makaton symbols and signs
  • Makaton Membership

Makaton Membership gives you 24/7 digital access to all the symbols and signs within the Makaton vocabulary. With video tutorials and the ability to download your favourite content for easy offline access, Makaton Membership is the essential partner for your Makaton journey.  Start your 7-day free trial today

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Address: The Makaton Charity, Suite 3, Unit 4.3, Frimley Business Park, Frimley, GU16 7SG
Tel: 01276 606 760
Email: [email protected]