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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



We're hiring!


Information Centre Team Leader

Full Time (35hr per week)
Location: Redhill
£22,000 per annum


For more information about this job opportunity, see our news page here.


SILC Bus Tour!


Our bus tour will be visiting many places over the next few weeks. Look out for us in your area and pop along!


21st July 9am - 5pm Swan Centre, Leatherhead
25th July 10am - 12pm Moorcroft, Old School Place, Westfield, Woking, GU22 9LY
25th July 1pm - 3pm Brockhill, Clifton Way, Goldsworth Park, Woking, GU21 3NE
29th July 9:30am - 12pm Bourne Valley Garden Centre, Woodham Park Rd, Addlestone, KT15 3TH
29th July 1pm - 3pm Weybridge Centre for the Community, Churchfield House, Churchfield Road, Weybridge, KT13 8DB
1st Aug 10am - 3:30pm Longacres Garden Centre, London Road, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5JB
5th Aug 10am - 4pm Dorking Wyevale Garden Centre, Reigate Rd, Dorking, RH4 1NP
12th Aug 9:30am - 12pm The Old Moat Garden Centre, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PQ
12th Aug 12:30pm - 3:30pm Ashtead Park Garden Centre, Pleasure Pit Road, Ashtead, KT21 1HU
15th Aug 10am - 2pm Haslemere Garden Centre, Haslemere Road, Brook, Godalming, GU8 5LB
19th Aug 10am - 12:30pm The Fordbridge Centre, Clarendon Road, Ashford, TW15 2PU
19th Aug 11pm - 4pm Greeno Centre, Glebeland Gardens, Shepperton, TW17 9DH
22nd Aug 9:30am - 12pm Knights Garden Centre, Oxted Rd, Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8DB
22nd Aug 1pm - 4pm Douglas Brunton Centre, Park Rd, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 5TA
26th Aug 10am - 4pm RHS Wisley, Wisley Ln, Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB

Our services page:




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 this event can
be found on our events page.

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