Independent Advocate x 2

Closing Date:
May 8, 2018 at 12.00

Dewis Centre for Independent Living


We wish to recruit two Independent Advocates working from our office in Newport.  This will involve regular travel throughout the Gwent area and occasionally to our head office in Pontypridd.

About Us:

Dewis Centre for Independent Living (C.I.L.) is a voluntary organisation that provides a Direct Payment support service in three Local Authorities – Rhondda Cynon Taf, Vale of Glamorgan and Merthyr Tydfil. Dewis also provides Advocacy services in six local authorities – Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport, Conwy, Wrexham, Caerphilly and Pembrokeshire.  It works in partnership with the Social Services Departments of each of these authorities.

The original organisation was created in 1996 as a non profit-making Company Limited by Guarantee.  It was designed to act as a 3rd party organisation run by disabled people who used its services. Its specific aims were to allow a small number of disabled people to have choice in who they wished have as their carers (personal assistants) whilst the Company employed the personal assistants.

As Direct Payments became an option in Rhondda Cynon Taf from 2001, the organisation undertook the role of ‘Support Service’. In 2001 it became a C.I.L. (Centre for Independent Living).

From its inception, the Centre for Independent Living has had a management committee composed of disabled people who use its services and non-disabled people who are supporters of its ethos and values. The Management Committee oversees the work of the staff and helps to develop future policies.

The Organisation adopted the name Dewis Centre for Independent Living in 2006.  It began its work and services around its Direct Payments Support Scheme in Rhondda Cynon Taf. From this original model, it has developed similar support schemes in Merthyr Tydfil, then Powys, and in the Vale of Glamorgan.  It expanded its services over the past five years into Advocacy and Training. It is now a provider of advocacy to six Local Authorities Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport, Conwy, Wrexham, Caerphilly and Pembrokeshire.

It remains a non profit-making organisation and is registered with the Charity Commission.  It receives its main revenue funding from the Local Authorities who derive services from it.

Job Role:

The successful applicant will need to be dynamic and self-motivated and fiercely committed to the rights of disabled people and to the value of advocacy.  You will be computer literate with a high standard of written and verbal communication.

As an Independent Advocate you will be working with individuals to ensure their voices are heard in decisions that affect them and ensuring their rights are upheld.  The postholder must be confident in supporting and representing individual disabled people in a variety of situations and in respect of diverse issues.

The postholders will be members of our small team based at our satellite office in Newport. Dewis C.I.L is an independent voluntary organisation with an integrated management committee of disabled and non-disabled people.  We particularly encourage disabled people and people with direct experience of disability to apply.

This post is subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

Job Description and Person Specification available for download below:

Job Description Independent Advocate

Person Specification Independent Advocate

Additional Information:

*Post 1:  22 hours p/w

*Post 2:  30-37 hours p/w

Interviews will take place on 29th and 30th May 2018.

To Apply

For an application pack (CVs are not accepted) please contact: email or telephone 01443 827930 and ask for Human Resources or alternatively download the Application Form below:

Application Form Dewis C.I.L

Application Forms must be returned to the Chief Executive Officer Email or post to Dewis Centre for Independent Living, Amber House, Upper Boat Business Park, Upper Boat, Pontypridd CF37 5BP by 12noon on 8 May 2018.  Applications received after this date will not be considered.