Aldwyck’s Supported Housing Team learn to speak Makaton
Aldwyck Housing Group’s Supported Housing and Floating Support Team has completed training in Makaton to help them communicate with those they support.
Aldwyck’s Supported Housing and Floating Support Team provides homes and support to people of all ages with physical or learning disabilities, or those suffering with mental illness. The team helps both those who live in their Supported Housing schemes in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, as well as people living independently across Hertfordshire.
Makaton was developed in the 1970s by three speech and language therapists from the Royal Association of Deaf people, and is now a wide-reaching language programme that uses signs and symbols to help people to communicate.
Today over 100,000 children and adults use Makaton to communicate. Most people start to use it as children then naturally stop using the signs and symbols as they no longer need them. Some people, however, need to use Makaton throughout their lives.
Terence Holloway, Senior Floating Support Worker at Aldwyck, commented, “Makaton is a great tool which will help us to communicate more easily with our most vulnerable clients, and those who have experienced the frustration of being unable to communicate meaningfully or effectively, and will help us to get them the support they need. This could be helping them maintain their tenancy by achieving goals such as managing their money and home, going to work or college or managing their health and lifestyle.”