Other Makaton Workshops

These online and face2face Makaton workshops are part of the standardised Makaton training programme. If you do not find a suitable training option already scheduled (see Training Dates), please do not hesitate to ask us as we are happy to be flexible in assisting you on your Makaton journey.

We can create a bespoke training package or bespoke resources that meet your specific requirements.


Curious about what we offer? Our taster sessions are perfect for those who want to get a taste of our Makaton workshops or explore our other services. These sessions are designed to give you a glimpse into the incredible world of communication and its potential in connecting communities.

These short 2-hour sessions give you a general introduction into what Makaton is and who uses it, with the opportunity to learn approximately 30 signs and symbols.

Tailoring our services to meet your specific needs, our customised word lists provide personalised communication tools for individuals and organisations.

Cost:  ONLINE £20 per person (includes certificate)

Cost: F2F £25 per person (includes certificate)

Watch My Needs

This workshop is designed for adults who are beginning to experience difficulties with understanding and recall, after having good understanding, recall and use of language. The Watch My Needs Workshop is for direct use with adults with memory difficulties, who should attend the workshop sessions with a supporter. We have also had success with those who are living with aphasia after suffering a stroke.

This workshop is the first of its kind as it will focus on the Makaton user at the centre of the programme, with the aims of promoting independence, gaining confidence in making choices and taking part in daily activities. There is no requirement for anyone attending this workshop to have any prior knowledge of Makaton.

The workshop is designed to take place in 5 weekly sessions of 90 minutes each or 2 4-hour sessions, ideal for home support, carers and families. We offer this workshop online or face to face for carers and family members, we can come to your home as well.

Cost:  ONLINE / F2F £50 per person accompanied by their carer or family support person (includes manual, resources and certificate).

We can also deliver this workshop as workplace training. If you are a care home and want to train your staff to use Makaton, we can come to you and complete the workshop in one day.

Cost ONLINE / F2F workplace training: £35 per person (includes manual, resources and certificate).

Frontline Workshop

We are living in times where clear communication is not just essential; it’s life-saving.

Introducing the first 2 modules:

Frontline Workshop for Emergency Services

Frontline Workshop for General Wellbeing

What can you expect?

  • A deep dive into Makaton signs and symbols, bridging communication gaps in critical situations
  • A 3-hour session tailored just for the frontline, enabling effective engagement in high-stress environments
  • Boost inclusion and awareness

The Frontline Workshop equips participants with the skills to use and incorporate Makaton signs and symbols effectively in real-world situations relevant to their workplace. Our primary goal with the Frontline Workshop is to empower Makaton users, ensuring they can communicate effectively during crisis situations.

The workshop encompasses vocabulary that resonates with a wide range of frontline services. This ensures that participants emerge with the confidence and understanding required for impactful communication.

We are currently offering this workshop online, but if you are a blue light worker or an NHS trust or a GP group we will be happy to come to you and conduct a face to face workshop for staff.

Cost:  ONLINE £85 per person (includes manual and certificate)

Cost: F2F £95 per person (includes manual and certificate)

Makaton Approaches to Safeguarding

The Makaton Safeguarding workshop is designed to support professionals and carers of children and adults with severe communication and learning disabilities. The workshop builds on existing knowledge of signs and symbols and provides instruction for extra signs and symbols specific to this area of need and access to further resources.

This unique workshop provides signs and symbols for a range of vocabulary covering a number of topics:

  • People: family, relationships and people around us
  • Body parts and clothes
  • Places
  • Feelings: feelings, thoughts and behaviours (including bullying and abuse)
  • Sexual behaviour

The Makaton Safeguarding Workshop is made up of 4 modules which can be delivered in a number of different ways, for example:

  • over 2 days
  • 4 sessions delivered over a number of weeks

Prior to attending the Safeguarding workshop you must have attended a Level 1 and a Level 2 workshop.

Cost: ONLINE £210 per person (includes manual and certificate).

Cost: F2F £225 per person (includes manual and certificate).

Using Makaton with Singing

Combining the power of Makaton and music, our Makaton and Singing workshops provide a unique and enjoyable experience for participants. Tap into the joy of music, while simultaneously enhancing communication skills through signing and singing together.

Using Makaton with Singing is a fun and easy way to learn to use signs with singing for young children.  Signing and singing have been shown to encourage the development of communication and language skills and are beneficial for vocalisation, confidence, social skills, emotional development, well-being and self-esteem.

Designed for those have no prior knowledge of Makaton, Using Makaton with Singing is provided as a half-day workshop for Early Years practitioners, parents, teachers, classroom assistants, and community musicians working with young children.  You will learn up to 100 signs and have fun practising them in songs adapted for different levels of ability.

You will receive a Using Makaton with Singing workshop manual which includes the signs and symbols that you have learned. You will also be given a certificate of attendance.

Cost: ONLINE or F2F £40 per person.

Makaton Signing for Babies and Families

Makaton Signing for Babies and Families (MSBF) is for parents, family members or carers who would like to sign with babies and children in their care and have no previous experience of Makaton. These sessions are designed for you and your child to have fun and learn together.

Makaton Signing for Babies and Families training is a series of sessions designed to encourage the development of communication and language skills in babies and toddlers. All the sessions are fun and interactive for you and your child. You will learn approximately 100 signs and symbols using songs, games and activities.

Workshop is conducted over 6 1-hour sessions, 2 3-hour sessions OR 1 6-hour session to suit your schedule.

Cost: ONLINE £63 per person (includes resources and certificate).

Cost: F2F £75 per person (includes resources and certificate).

Use It or Lose It

Don’t Miss Out on the Fun! We believe in the power of communication and the importance of keeping skills alive. That’s why we’ve developed a range of engaging activities and tools to help you level up your communication skills, maintain what you’ve learned, and stay connected with others.

With our Use It Or Lose It programme, you’ll have access to fun and interactive activities designed for all levels – from beginners to advanced users. Whether you’re practicing your signs, improving your symbol recognition, or sharpening your overall communication abilities, we’ve got you covered.

Cost: ONLINE only £5 per person per session.

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