Frequently Asked Questions

If you want to know more about Signalise or co-operatives in general, you can find information below.

What is a co-operative?

A co-operative is a business that is collectively owned, democratically run and often provides social benefits.

Co-operatives are businesses owned and controlled by their members, who can be customers, staff, suppliers, local residents or a combination of these stakeholders. Members have an equal say in how the business is run using the one member, one vote principle. Members choose what to do with profits, whether distributing among members, reinvesting in the business or the community.

A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. (ref: should my business be a co-operative )

Examples of successful co-operatives are:

  • The Ivy House, a co-operatively run community pub based in South East London
  • Outlandish, a digital creative agency which is a workers co-operative, based in london
  • Suma, a wholefoods co-operative running for over 40 years in Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • Homes for Change, a housing co-operative in Hulme, Manchester
  • Choices4Doncaster, a co-operative consortium providing health and social care

Why do we need a co-operative?
What are the advantages of a co-operative model?
Who set it up?
How will it work?
Is Signalise an agency?
Who are the members of Signalise?
How will it provide choice and control to Deaf users?
How will it benefit the Deaf community?
How will it benefit interpreters?
How will it benefit services using the Signalise platform?
Will there be a complaints system?
How will you ensure quality and standards?
I am a BSL/English interpreter or other communication professional, how can I become a member?
I am a Deaf person interested in becoming a member or using your services, how can I find out more?
I am interested but not a BSL/English interpreter or other communication professional or Deaf, how can I find out more?
What about GDPR? How will my details be kept?