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Digital Platform Focuses on Interpreting Services for Deaf People

Liverpool-based Signalise Co-op has received a £1,000 funding boost from The Co-Operative Bank.

Signalise is a new platform co-operative that aims to provide better access to health care for Deaf people by improving health services’ ability to contract British Sign Language (BSL) interpreting services.

To achieve this, Signalise is creating a digital platform with Deaf people, interpreters and health care professionals that will allow all users to request, book and confirm interpreting via the platform.

The £1,000 grant will allow the co-operative to invest in community outreach programmes and face-to-face events, which will help to increase engagement and membership.

“We are very grateful for the funding provided by The Co-operative Bank Customer Donation Fund as it will enable us to host more community events with our members, improve awareness and ultimately grow as a co-operative,” said Jen Bird, Business and Development Manager at Signalise Co-op.

“Signalise’s strength is in its members and the work we do collectively, as Deaf people, interpreters, and other professionals to break down barriers. We are building a high quality and high value service for all our users and customers and these events will help shape the future of our co-operative.”

Since The Co-operative Bank set up the community fund in 2003 it has donated over £1.1 million to more than 1,000 community projects, with £100,000 donated in 2023 alone to support communities through the cost-of-living crisis.

To find out more about Signalise Co-op visit and for details about The Co-Operative Bank’s Customer Donation Fund visit




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