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A graphic showing all the characters seen throughout Equal Lives’ marketing materials next to one another. They are an eclectic group; people of every age, gender-expression, and race, some with visible signs of their disability such as wheelchairs, walking sticks, crutches, guide dogs, and limb differences, others with no visible sign of disability.

Working for Equal Lives

Equal Lives offer our employees generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working, and are officially accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage Employer logo. Over a white background, white text that reads 'We are a Living Wage Employer' overlays a pale blue circle, with intersecting green, yellow and orange circles.

Independent Living Advisor for Suffolk Independent Living

Suffolk Independent Living is a service offered by Equal Lives, a Disability Rights Organisation working across Norfolk and Suffolk. Our Ipswich-based service is looking for a new Advisor to join our friendly team.

If you’re passionate about empowering disabled people to live independent lives, you could be a great fit! As an Independent Living Advisor, you’ll be responsible for supporting disabled people who employ their own PA/support workers to make meaningful decisions on how they exercise their rights as employers.


You will be:

  •  Providing day-to-day advice on employment law/HR matters

  • Supporting the recruitment process from start to finish

  • Assisting clients in navigating the complexities of employment-related challenges

  • Managing a caseload of clients, with support from our small but supportive team.


Why come and work for us?

  • Working for Equal Lives, you’ll have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of disabled people living in Suffolk.

  • We offer a supportive and welcoming work environment

  • Competitive salary and generous annual leave entitlement

  • The chance to work with a dedicated and passionate team.


How to Apply

To apply, please complete the job application pack, made up of the Application Form, Rehabilitation of Offenders Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. Submit your completed application to Kimberly Myhill at before midday on Tuesday 5th December 2023. Interviews are currently scheduled to go ahead on Thursday 7th December 2023 at our office in Ipswich.

Independent Living Advisor Job Description and Person Specification

Community Advocate

Are you passionate about supporting disabled people who need assistance to get their voice heard? Do you have experience in providing Advocacy on topics such as mental health care, social care, disability discrimination, housing, and child protection? Can you drive and are willing to travel across Norfolk? Do you have an Advocacy Qualification or are willing to work towards one?


If so come and work for us at Equal Lives! We are a user led disability rights organisation based in Norwich and working across Norfolk. We’re looking for an Advocate to join our friendly and welcoming team.


Purpose of the role:

  • To provide comprehensive advocacy to people facing disabling barriers, with a non-judgemental approach to ensure that individuals are able to make informed decisions about their lives.

  • Work to empower people to make their own, informed decisions and support them to have their voice heard.

  • To offer issue-based advocacy to disabled people in the community on areas such as social care, mental health, housing and child protection.


Hours: 29.6 hours / 4 Days a week

Contract Type: Permanent

Salary: £21840.70 - £23906.71 (pro rata) plus 45p per mile for work related travel

Closing Date: 07/12/23

How to Apply

Please send in an up-to-date CV, supporting statement detailing your suitability for the role, along with the Equal Opportunities Form and Rehabilitation of offender form to

Community Advocate Job Description and Person Specification

Rehabilitation of offenders form

Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form 

If our vacancies aren't suited to you, but you'd like to volunteer for us in the meantime - please check out our volunteer page for more information. 

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