We want a society where Deaf and Disabled people can take control over their lives and achieve full participation.
About Merton CIL
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. We support Deaf and Disabled people, across the full spectrum of disability including mental ill-health and long-term ill-health, living in Merton.
We were set up in 2008 and we are incredibly proud of what we have achieved alongside 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.
Merton CIL works hard to address the marginalisation of Deaf and Disabled people and make a real difference in Merton and the wider community.
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.
Our services and projects:
- AQS accredited advice and advocacy service - Supporting on issues around benefits and low income and social care
- Disability hate crime prevention and awareness work
- Policy and strategy work - supporting Disabled people to speak up and make change happen
- Craftivism and Chat project - reducing isolation and loneliness and achieving change locally through connection and disability arts
- Volunteering opportunities for Deaf and Disabled people and supporters.