CH1ChesterBID calls for city centre businesses to help make Chester the first Makaton Friendly City

CH1ChesterBID calls for city centre businesses to help make Chester the first Makaton Friendly City

Makaton Friendly City – A Campaign to make Chester the first Makaton Friendly City in the UK

Did you know that over 100,000 people in the UK depend upon Makaton in order to communicate?

Makaton is an effective language programme that uses signs and/or symbols alongside the spoken word and gives everyone a helping hand to communicate. Makaton supports children and adults with communication needs including those associated with learning disability, autism, physical disabilities, sensory impairments, developmental language disorders (DLD), acquired aphasia (stroke), dementia and English as an additional language- in other words lots of people who regularly use your services.
Imagine walking into a shop and not being understood – that is what many Makaton users experience every day.

Is this relevant to me?
If your organisation involves communicating members of the public, be it pub, cafe, school, charity, church or any public service, this is for you!
This launch event is open to everyone who wants to make their organisation a more inclusive and Makaton friendly environment. You will join representatives from diverse organisations.

#MakatonChester Launch event: Friday 12th July 4.00-4.45pm at Storyhouse, Chester followed by a drink’s reception.
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We are aiming to get at least 50 organisations committed to becoming Makaton friendly.
Chris Matheson MP is hosting this launch event where we will share a short presentation on this inclusive community initiative.
You will be invited to sign up for free training (October 2019) and to make your pledge to become a Makaton Friendly Organisation.

As Makaton supports speech it is easy and fun to learn. A 2-hour workshop tailored to suit your organisation or environment will give you all the skills you need to get started.

This is sure to be a very popular event. Places at the launch and on the future training sessions will be available on a first come first served basis, so don’t miss out: sign up today! Together we can make Chester a more inclusive Makaton Friendly City. #MakatonChester  BOOK HERE or via