This World Book Day, we've come together with The Makaton Charity, Singing Hands, and Wouldn’t Change a Thing to create a visual storytelling film to tell Julia Donaldson’s children’s classic Room on the Broom’ in Makaton, making it more accessible to children and young people with additional needs.

The film features families and children who have been supported by Family Fund and the three charities, alongside volunteers and employees. The video tells the award-winning story using Makaton, which combines signs, symbols and speech to help people communicate.

More than 100,000 children and adults use Makaton, and it can work as a main method of communication or to assist speech, and it can allow children with disabilities to express themselves independently.

This is the third year that we've come together with, The Makaton Charity, Singing Hands, and Wouldn’t Change a Thing to create a Makaton storytelling film, with the hope that more people will understand how important Makaton is.

Cheryl Ward, Chief Executive at Family Fund, says “Families come together through storytelling, and this is a great example of how Makaton can help stories be accessible to children with learning or communication difficulties. It is wonderful to see our families signing together, and we’re delighted to be sharing another classic story for families to enjoy.”