Read our Business Plan to find out more about our strategic priorities and future plans here: Merton CIL Business Plan 2018-21
You can also read our easy read constitution/mem & arts here: Merton CIL Agreement & Rules
We are Merton Centre for Independent Living (also know as Merton CIL). We are the only user-led pan-disability Deaf and Disabled people’s organisation based in the London Borough of Merton. Our organisation works hard to address the marginalisation of Deaf and Disabled people and make a real difference in Merton and the wider community.
Our steering group was set up in 2008, we were incorporated as a company by limited guarantee in 2011 and became a registered chairty in 2013. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved alongside local Deaf and Disabled People over the past 12 years. With cuts to funding within the voluntary sector, we are the only organisation within an area of high need providing advice and advocacy specialising in Disability.
We are run and controlled by and for Deaf and Disabled people. We provide a range of free, accessible and supportive services for Deaf and Disabled people in Merton. If you live outside of Merton we can usually put you in touch with an organisation that can help. You can find out more about our services here - https://www.mertoncil.org.uk/services/
We want a society where Deaf and Disabled people can take control over their lives and achieve full participation.
We have three key aims that direct what we do:
1. To promote the independence and inclusion of Deaf and Disabled people in Merton.
2. To identify and challenge discrimination faced by Deaf and Disabled people
3. To encourage Deaf and Disabled people and supporters to achieve change locally.
We work within an independence charter that was co-produced with Deaf and Disabled people so that they can have a say in what happens in their life in a number of ways. You can see our charter below:
We also co-produced our values with our members and supporters. You can see our values below: