How’s the head?

‘Yes I agree you need help to cope with impact caring is having on your mental health, so give us a call when your caring responsibilities are less and you have time to commit to therapy, bye.’


On the wall of Mojo’s bedroom is a picture by my ridiculously talented friend Katie. It is one of my…

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    Well this amazing idea has just taken away some serious festive mum guilt for me! A socially distanced Makaton-using Santa.

    Thought this might be of interest to our shielding friends this year.

    🎅HO HO HO.... We’re ready to go! 🎅🏼🎅🏼🎅🏼
    Book here➡️ bookwhen.com/signingsanta

    Our Makaton Friendly Singing Signing Santa understands that this is a special time for the children in our lives and know that many of you will miss the magic and opportunity to visit him due to social distancing, avoiding mixing with others, in a different tier or shielding due to medical reasons. 😞

    On our ‘Signing Santa Zoom Calls’ your child can chat to Santa, let him know what's on their Christmas list and sign and sing a song (if they want!) just like they would when coming to the Grotto.

    When purchasing your ticket you will be asked for additional information so that Santa can personalise the session for your child and make it even more special!
    (Including if your child requires Santa to use Makaton signing)

    These sessions will happen via ZOOM (zoom.us)

    Please email us @ taysidemakatonchoir@gmail.com and we will try our best to accommodate you.

    It may be possible to add 'school days' which would most likely be on FRIDAYS. If this is something you'd like - please email us!

    Book here➡️ bookwhen.com/signingsanta

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