One of the Thornbury Welcomes briefs is to help make Thornbury even more friendly than it already is and with this in mind we are exploring the possibility of facilitating Thornbury achieving “Makaton friendly” status. In Thornbury, we have one “Makaton friendly business” and we would like to see more organisations agreeing to this scheme.
Achieving Makaton-friendly status would then act as a first step towards being a ‘communication-inclusive friendly’ town and would be done with the helpful guidance and instruction of Better Communication, Bristol.
Being able to communicate is one of the most important skills we need in life. Almost everything we do involves communication; everyday tasks such as learning at school, asking for food and drink, sorting out problems, making friends and having fun. These all rely on our ability to communicate with each other.
The Makaton Friendly scheme recognises local organisations that strive to make their services accessible to people who use Makaton to aid their communication. They are passionate about communication and firmly believe that all children and adults with learning or communication difficulty should be able to access the same services and facilities as everyone else.
By signing up to the Makaton Friendly scheme, working in partnership with local families, groups and The Makaton Charity, you are making a meaningful change to improve the communication and inclusivity at your organisation.
Once you have signed up for the scheme, you will receive a certificate and window sticker to display for all your visitors to see. You will be listed on The Makaton Friendly map on The Makaton Charities website. The website receives around 30,000 visits per month, so your achievement will be seen by many people – and not just those in your local community either! It’s a very positive and great way to get your name out there.
This could be a great opportunity for you to help people, their families, and care providers to feel less isolated and more involved within the community by joining the Makaton Friendly scheme to highlight you as accessible to attend for people who use Makaton.
Please visit the Makaton Charity website for more information www.makaton.org/aboutMakaton/makatonFriendly/