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About Us

The Coventry and Warwickshire Sign Language Interpreting Service (CWSLIS) was established in 1992 to work with the Deaf community in Coventry and Warwickshire. Today CWSLIS continues to provide a high quality, cost efficient service to the Deaf and Deafened community, service providers, and businesses throughout the local areas.

We are an independent non-profit making service originally created as a result of a partnership between Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and the Coventry and Warwickshire Association for the Deaf.

Our interpreting staff team are all Registered Qualified Interpreters and have a wealth of experience in a variety of domains including doctors, hospitals, meetings, schools, conferences, training, religious occasions, theatre – to name just a few.

All interpreters booked by CWSLIS will be professional, confidential and registered with the National Registers of Communication Professionals Working with Deaf and Deaf-Blind People (NRCPD), who are the national registration body for sign language interpreters.  We are also a member of the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ASLI).

We offer very competitive rates, and if the booking comes under one of our four funding bodies, there may be no charge.

We also provide Deaf Awareness training, please contact us for more details.

We have service level  agreements with  Warwickshire County Council, Coventry NHS and Warwickshire NHS.

We can also operate as a interpreting agency to other organisations.

Staff Interpreters

Rachel Tipping

Community Sign Language Interpreter

Rachel is a Registered Sign Language Interpreter, has a BA (Hons) in BSL/English Interpreting and has worked for CWSLIS since 1997.

Janette Gibbs

Community Sign Language Interpreter

Janette is a Registered Sign Language Interpreter, has an NVQ Level 4 in BSL/English Interpreting and has worked for CWSLIS since 2003.


Sandra Van Wijgerden


Sandra has worked for CWSLIS since 1993. She is the administrator and is responsible for managing the day to day running of the office and the finances.

BSL Level 2 Qualified.



Magdalena Latkowska

Clerical Assistant

Magdalena has worked for CWSLIS since 2010.  She is responsible for bookings, requests, liaising with freelance interpreters and general queries.

BSL Level 2 Qualified.



I find that these two interpreters have done a brilliant job. Also the person who I contacted via email to request to book an interpreter was brilliant.

CWSLIS Publications