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SILC – Who we are

Surrey Independent Living Council (SILC) is a voluntary organisation led and run by disabled people. We believe that every disabled adult, child, older person and carer should be able to live independently with the same choices, opportunities and control over their lives as anyone else.

Our specialist, approachable team offer a range of services to help you live independently, whether you receive support from the council, NHS or fund your own care.

This includes:

  • practical advice on staying safe and independent at home
  • support with budgets, bank accounts and financial management
  • support recruiting and employing care workers and personal assistants
  • training and support with confidence
  • community engagement and peer support
  • managing and administering Carer Support Payment schemes
  • carer prescriptions service

We are also involved in joint ventures and national initiatives including:

  • The Surrey Hubs
  • Healthwatch Surrey




HSJ Award Winner!

HSJ Award Photo

SILC is part of the Surrey carer partnership which won the HSJ award in the 'CCG Commissioning for Carers' category last night (18th November 2015) for carer recognition.

Our very own Carer Support Adviser, Stephen Pugsley, who also leads our GP Carers Prescription Programme, attended along side colleagues from SCC, Virgin Care, Action for Carers, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Surrey & Borders Partnership Trust and Guildford & Waverley, East Surrey and Surrey Downs CCGs.

We are absolutely thrilled to be part of such a great collective of organisations in Surrey, and to receive recognition that we're delivering an exceptional service that improves the health and well being of carers throughout the county.

SILC administers the one off payments which are authorised by a carer’s doctor (GP) in order to provide them with respite from their caring role. The scheme involves SILC’s Carer Support Advisers contacting carers who have been referred by their GP to discuss how they could benefit from a break and explain what is involved.

Our services page:
HSJ website:




Surrey Fair 2015

Surrey Independent Living Fair

Surrey Independent Living Council (SILC) welcomed over 1,000 people to the Surrey Independent Living Fair on Thursday 25 June 2015 at Epsom Downs Racecourse. This event showcased the diverse variety of care, support, employment and leisure opportunities and choices now available to disabled adults, children, older people and carers in the county.

Find out more here!


SILC Strategy 2015-2018

The SILC Strategy for 2015-2018 has been completed and is available to download (in PDF format) here:

SILC Strategy 2015-2018


SILC wins National Independent Living Award

SILC has won the National Independent Living Award for Providing Greater Choice, Control and Independent Living, in recognition of our PA Finder service (

2014 National Independent Living Award

Jason Vaughan, Chair of SILC said:

“SILC is extremely proud to have won this award recognising the contribution we have made to increasing choice, control and independence for disabled people in Surrey.

PA Finder and all SILC’s other services are developed and managed by disabled people, which is key to their success.”

Asif Iqbal MBE, who was a judge at this year’s National Independent Awards said:

“This service allows disabled people to be key decision makers over decisions that affect their daily lives. It gives disabled people the opportunity to take real control and make real choices over the personal assistants they employ.”

The Surrey Hubs were also listed as one of the three finalists in the overall Independent Living Initiative category.

Find out more about the National Independent Living Awards and this year’s finalists in the awards video (!awards-winners/czb4).



Become a SILC Trustee

These are exciting times for us. We have recently successfully retendered for Surrey County Councils Direct Payment support service and we are expanding the range of services and support we provide including the management of the User Led Hubs in Dorking, Epsom, Redhill and Walton and our involvement with Healthwatch Surrey, the consumer voice for Health and Social Care in the county.

We now want to strengthen SILC and make sure we are doing what you need and reflect your needs in the way we provide services.

In order to do that we are looking for disabled people to join our Board of Trustees and help us oversee the development and management of the organisation.

If you are interested just call us on 01483 458 111 or email our Chief Executive at:




Let's Chat!

Let's Chat Logo

My name is Lorna Marsh. I’ve been working for Surrey Independent Living Council (SILC) supporting people with setting up their direct payments for 6 years.

I am now an Engagement Officer and would very much like to organise peer support groups that are guided by you. By that I mean any area around direct payments good or bad and any area around daily issues that you would like to talk about and share with other people who are in similar circumstances to yourself. I really hope that there is so much to say that we run out of time and the discussion whatever the subject is gets people talking from all sorts of angles.

More information about Let's Chat sessions
can be found on our Twitter feed.

SILC, Astolat, Coniers Way, Burpham, Guildford GU4 7HL. Tel: 01483 458111
Registered charity No. 1146482