Be part of our great team enabling Deaf and Disabled people to take control over their lives, be independent and challenge discrimination


Merton Centre for Independent Living is a user-led Deaf and Disabled people's organisation run by Disabled people, for Disabled people in London Borough of Merton. We deliver an accredited Advice and Advocacy service, in addition to a range of Voice activity such as events and policy work, as well as Supported Volunteering. Our newest programme is our Disability Hate Crime and Harassment Prevention and Reporting Service for which we have just successfully delivered a pilot project - our research has shown that an estimated 500 Disabled people experience hate crime in Merton every year.

We are now expanding our work and are recruiting an Advocate to support the service. Key aspects of the role are to tackle low reporting, to provide effective support for survivors, and to carry out preventative work. The ideal candidate will have two years of advocacy experience and experience supporting survivors of hate crime and/or domestic violence

This is a part-time role for 24 hours per week which includes travel around Merton, including home visits, and occasional travel outside the borough, eg to Court.

Benefits include a workplace pension, additional annual leave days, access to Employee Assistance Programme and Employee Benefits Platform


See the full role description and person specification here: DHC Advocate Role Description


Please apply with a completed application form and a monitoring form here: Application Form and Monitoring Form


Please email applications to


If you need support to complete the forms due to access reasons, please contact us on 02033973119 or


Closing date for applications: EXTENDED UNTIL 5PM ON MONDAY 17TH JULY 2017 


Find out more about our service on our website


Alternatively, read a summary of our research here: Hate Crime Report - Easy Read