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Social Care and Charity

Helping people to feel in control and lead a fulfilling life

People with communication difficulties can encounter different forms of exclusion as obstacles to everyday life.

There are a wide variety of charities and social care providers, such as housing and employment services, who offer daily provision and must engage with clients and meet their individual needs.

By adding Widgit Symbols to your existing information, signage or website, you will be able to engage and communicate clearly with your clients, enabling service users and providers to feel more confident in their dealings with each other.

Widgit health and justice symbols
More about symbols:
  • The symbolised document is absolutely great.

    The people who have used it have found it an easy document to follow and it clearly shows what is expected of them, and of us.

    Charlotte Eade, HR Project Manager, Transport for London

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    transport for london resources
  • Granta Housing works with a diverse range of individuals, some of whom may have language barriers, learning difficulties or disabilities.

    Engaging and communicating clearly with these clients requires continued adoption of new technologies and approaches to print and online resources.

    Find out more

    granta housing surveys
  • With the Safe Place Scheme, Local Authorities and the Police are helping to reduce bullying and abuse of people with learning disabilities in their communities.

    I think it is vital that Safe Places schemes strive towards using a common symbol.

    Maggie Graham, Mencap

    Find out more

  • The aim of including symbols on the directional signage around the centre was to provide simple, identifiable objects that all members of the community would be able to recognise and associate with to improve their visit and guide them around the facilities.

    Mark Owers, Chelmsford Borough Council

    Read about the symbol signs

Who symbols can help

Widgit uses symbols to support people with communication, language or learning disabilities.
Who uses symbols?

  • In the UK, there are 10.9 million people registered with a disability (1)

  • 2.1 million people are registered with a communication disability (1)

  • A third of disabled people experience difficulties related to their impairment in accessing public, commercial and leisure goods and services(2)

  • 21% of children in families with at least one disabled member are in poverty, a significantly higher proportion than the 16% of children in families with no disabled member (2)

Widgit Symbols add visual support to the printed word, opening up the world of information to those otherwise excluded from it.
Find out more about symbols

  • Engage and communicate clearly
  • Create an inclusive environment
  • Equality of access for all people regardless of age, disability or background
  • Fulfil legal responsibilities
  • Support independence
  • Confidence for client and provider

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Create your own materials

Communicate Series BundleInPrint 3

Create symbol materials to print
Widgit symbols, along with the powerful features and freedom of layout of desktop publishing, help to create materials that have a professional look.

Communicate Series BundleWidgit Symbols Glossary

Symbol reference document
A printed or PDF index of all the Widgit Symbols arranged into categories.

Best Practice Guides

Information on using symbols effectively
A comprehensive guide to using the Widgit symbols. This guide talks through the different methods of symbolisation and practical advice on achieving good symbolised content.

Copyright guidance

Contact us for the right support
If you are using Widgit Symbols, please contact us for copyright permission and acknowledgments. We can also offer advice on using symbols and best practice. copyright@widgit.com

Software Bundle

Widgit Essentials Bundle

InPrint 3

SymWriter 2

Single £289
Five £699
Ten £959
Twenty     £1,339
Thirty £1,459

Need help?

To discuss our software and services, please contact our team: 01926 333680 info@widgit.com

Design Studio

Have you experienced problems communicating
with members of the public?

Are your documents accessible to all your clients?

We can create accessible symbol information, tailored to your needs.

Our specialist design team will work in partnership with your organisation to produce symbolised documents which cater for your individual requirements.

Bespoke service
We consult with you throughout the design process, creating new symbols where necessary, to ensure that the end result is fit for purpose and appropriate for the different needs of your client base.

Best practice
We can also work with you to develop your understanding and knowledge of “best practice” in symbol accessibility and suggest the most appropriate language for your information.

Meeting your responsibilities
An inclusive approach to the design of your product or service will help you to ensure compliance with current legislation on accessibility.

Design studio services include:

  • Translating information into symbols
  • Symbol design
  • Symbol Signage
  • Development of resources
  • Converting text to easy read
  • Design and layout
  • Support in a wide range of media
  • Licensing symbols
  • Advice and training

Find out more

We are happy to work with everyone, from individuals to organisations of all sizes, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information and advice.

For design services, email

For copyright permission, email

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