Member: Open to anyone who wishes to support the work of the
Disabled Workers Co-operative. Membership subscription is just £20 per
To apply for Membership return the ‘Membership
Application Form’ along with your membership subscription.
Note to those Registered on the Disabled Workers Database.
Being registered on the Disabled Workers Database dose not give you membership
of the Disabled Workers Co-operative. Registration on the Database is free to
disabled workers and it is not necessary to become a member of the Disabled
Workers co-operative to be registered. To become a member of the Disabled Workers
Co-operative you will need to return the Membership
Application form along with your membership subscription
Only Approved Members can use the Disabled Workers Logo, in conjunction to their
unique Membership Number to endorse the products and services they have to offer.
Approved Membership is only open to Members who are Disabled Individuals, or
Companies and Organisation's employing a significant number of disabled workers
in meaningful employment, who have undergone a customer based evaluation of
the services they offer. Approved Members have undertaken to abide by the Disabled
Workers Co-operative Approved Member
rules and to abide by a Code of Conduct.
The aim of Approved Member status is to give customers an assurance of the
level of service they can expect. Approved Members who have formal complaints
made about the service they offer, will have the complaint investigated and
if the complaint is justified have their Approved Status removed.
Approved Membership Subscription
||Individual: £30 (plus £20 General Membership)
Renewal £10.p.a. (plus £20 General Membership)
|Non Profit Organisation:
||£40 (plus £20 General Membership) 1st year.
Renewal £20.p.a. (plus £20 General Membership)
||£50 (plus £20 General Membership) 1st year.
Renewal £30.p.a. (plus £20 General Membership)
Approved Member Evaluation Process
The evaluation process is dependent on the answers you provide in your application
and the feed back from your customers. All the information you provide will
be evaluated to determine whether it reflects quality and service customers
could reasonably expect. You will be contacted if you have failed the evaluation.
Fees for Approved Members status in the 1st year include the evaluation process
and are non-refundable in the event of a rejection.
If accepted you will be sent a link to your unique membership logo with your
membership number. This logo can be used to promote your products and to identify
membership to the Disabled Workers Co-operative
here for application
Disabled Workers Approved Membership
- Membership is maintained in the name of one nominated individual nominated.
- Members agree to abide by these rules and all prevailing policy and procedure
statements as maybe issued from time to time.
- The Disabled Workers Co-operative reserve the right to reject applications.
Under such circumstances the applicant will be informed in writing of the
general reasons for such a rejection.
- In the case of rejected applications, applicants may not re-apply for approved
membership within a six-month period from the failed application.
- Following a second rejection, applicants are entitled to invoke the Disabled
Workers Co-operative membership appeals procedure (available upon request
when required) for such situations.
Compliance with Code of Conduct & Disabled Workers Co-operative
- As a condition of membership, all members must agree to abide by the Disabled
Workers Co-operative´s code of conduct and these rules.
- Breach of this code or the Disabled Workers Co-operative rules could result
in membership suspension.
- In the case of a serious breach, the Disabled Workers Co-operative reserves
the right to terminate a membership.
Suspension or Termination of Membership
- In the event of membership termination a re-application would not receive
consideration until a period of not less than twelve months has elapsed since
the termination of membership was effected. Such a consideration would take
account of member circumstances (relevant to the original termination) that
may have changed.
- Members that become subject to suspension or termination will not be eligible
for subscription refunds.
- In cases of termination of Approved Membership, the individual or company
must remove all marketing references, to the Disabled Workers Co-operative
from statements and logos from all forms of its marketing communication material
(in all media formats) including hardcopy documentation (i.e. letterhead stationery).
- In the event that false declarations are discovered to have been made, as
part of the membership application process, such action will render the member
liable for suspension or loss of membership.
- Members subject to suspension or termination of membership are entitled
to invoke the Disabled Workers Co-operative membership appeals procedure (available
upon request when required) for such situations.
Use of Disabled Workers Co-operative Image Material
- Disabled Workers Co-operative Logo may not be used under any circumstances
except by way of a link to the Disabled Workers Website.
- Approved Member Logos with their unique Membership reference numbers may
only be used by Approved Members to signify membership of the Disabled Workers
- The Disabled Workers Co-operative logos may not be re-sized, modified, edited,
cropped, reversed, enhanced, filtered or changed in other way without the
written approval of the Disabled Workers Co-operative.
- The Disabled Workers Co-operative logos may not be integrated into the graphics,
logo or other corporate image projection graphics of either the Member Company
or any other party.
- Disabled Workers Co-operative logos may not be deployed, in any way whatsoever,
on website's or materials of members clients, suppliers or any other third
- All logos utilized on websites must link to the Disabled Workers Co-operative
- Only Approved Members may utilize the Disabled Workers Co-operative Approved
Member logo or may make written reference to membership in support of soliciting
new business, such references must also include a statement to the effect
that their business adheres to the Disabled Workers Co-operative Code of Conduct.
A link or reference to the location of the Code must accompany such statements.
- All tangible or intangible benefits as may accrue to a member under the
terms of their membership status are deemed to be non transferable and may
not be sold or passed in any other manner to a third party.
Approved Members Code of Conduct
- The Disabled Workers Co-operative endeavors to raise awareness of the high
level of service offered by disabled people for the benefit of its members
and their customers. As a key instrument of achieving this goal, Approved
Members members undertake to abide by the Disabled Workers Co-operative rules
and code of conduct as a condition of Approved status.
- In recognition of the individual characteristic diversity of independent
individuals that constitute the membership, this code is not intended to be
Business Conduct - Fair Dealings
- Member companies should make every endeavor to ensure that their business
conducts it affairs in a professional manner and in so doing, avoid behavior
that could bring the Disabled Workers Co-operative and it´s membership
- Members should conduct their business affairs on sound, ethical principles
and make every endeavor to trade fairly and honestly with employees, clients
Decency and Lawfulness
- All members will ensure that marketing material for their business or person
is produced in accordance with the following criteria:
- That no materials violate the copyright or other intellectual property rights
of another party.
- That no materials, either promotes illegal activities or provide information
about illegal activities that is suggestive, influential or instructional.
- That no materials contain content that is sexually explicit, obscene or
That no materials contain content that is offensive, profane, hateful, threatening,
harmful, defamatory, libelous, harassing or discriminatory on the basis of
race, ethnicity, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender, or disability.
Business Conduct - Dispute Resolution
- Should the Disabled Workers Co-operative receive a complaint from a customer
or buyer or regarding any aspect of a purchase (or intended purchase) of goods
or service from an Approved member:-
- Approved Members accept that the Disabled Workers Co-operative will endeavor
to bring about a reasonable resolution between both parties with the aim of
achieving customer satisfaction.
- Members agree to co-operate fully with the Disabled Workers Co-operative
and to provide honest disclosure of relevant information that would assist
with reaching a settlement. (In cases where the approved member has instructed
solicitors, then the Disabled Workers Co-operative will not intervene unless
the approved member so wishes).
- Whist approved members´ individual commitments may vary, all members
should endeavor to make some contribution (during the course of each year)
through active participation in development issues of the Disabled Workers
- All Members should promote the activities and events of the Disabled Workers
Co-operative to attract increased attendance at such functions.
- All Members should encourage suitable candidates (companies or individuals)
to apply for membership.
- No Member may, under any circumstances, purport to represent, speak on behalf
of or otherwise act as a representative of the Disabled Workers Co-operative,
unless specifically authorised in writing or by the written definition of
a role within an authorised working group.
- All Members should strive to ensure that their marketing communications
to potential clients are clear and unambiguous.
- Members should not knowingly make misleading statements (verbally or written)
concerning the definition of their deliverable services or the benefits that
clients may derive from them.
- As a fundamental issue of best practice, member companies should clearly
identify quantifiable services related to actual prices, within a written
quotation for all work.
The conditions of the above code of professional conduct are subject to
periodic reappraisal by a Disabled Workers Co-operative and may therefore change
at any time.