Charity information

SignHealth

SignHealth is the national charity dedicated to providing and improving healthcare services for people who are culturally Deaf (pre-linugually Deaf and use sign language to communicate).

Founded 1986

  • Mission statement

    Our vision is a world where there are no barriers to good health and wellbeing for deaf people.

    SignHealth is working to improve healthcare and achieve equal access for deaf people to health services. We will work with the deaf community, health services and other charities to achieve this aim.

    SIgnHealth provides a range of support services for deaf people including supported housing, signed advocacy, counselling, outreach, domestic abuse service and an on-line program for deaf people to communicate with their Doctors and healthcare professionals when a face-to-face interpreter is unavailable.

  • Aims

    SignHealth aims to:

    • Provide evidence to help improve services - our project to study the health of Deaf people in the UK compared with the health of hearing people will enable us to push for equality of access.
    • Increase access to health for Deaf people - we provide a range of specialist British Sign Language services including health education, counselling, advocacy, outreach and supported living
    • Improve communication - Deaf people have difficulties in getting same day communication support for GP/hospital appointments. We have developed new ways for Deaf patients to receive this support.
    • Improve access to services - we are working with the NHS to look at ways in which it can improve the commissioning of specialist services for Deaf people to ensure they receive appropriate care.
  • Overview

    Established: May 1986

    Registered Charity Number: 1011056

    Board members: 11

    Full time staff: 82

    Part time staff: 19

    Volunteers: 10

    Phone number: 1494687600

    Address: 5 Baring Road BEACONSFIELD Buckinghamshire HP9 2NB

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
  • Breaking the cycle of preventable mental health

    SignHealth Psychological Therapy - training counsellors specialised in British Sign Langua... More
  • Giving deaf people a voice

    SignHealth Advocacy – crucial support for the many deaf people who cannot understand or ... More
  • Enabling Deaf people to live in hearing community

    Sign Outreach - supporting people with complex needs to live in the community.
  • Breaking down barriers to quality of life

    SignHealth International - improving access to healthcare for Deaf people in Uganda
  • Helping those who suffer in silence

    DeafHope and Young DeafHope - first ever domestic abuse support service accessible to Deaf... More
  • Tackling health inequalities

    SignTranslate - award-winning web-based communication tool to allow doctors to communicate... More
  • Helping Deaf people to live independently

    SignHealth run six registered care homes in London, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham. Thes... More