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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.
Depending on your situation, we can assist with:

  • deciding whether a Direct Payment is the right option for you
  • helping you understand how Direct Payments work
  • helping you to recruit and employ care workers and Personal Assistants
  • training, including Support with Confidence
  • practical advice on staying safe and independent at home
  • providing an Assisted Finance Account to help you manage your finances
  • support with budgets, bank accounts and financial management
  • managing your Personal Health Budget or Education Direct Payment

We provide the NHS Health Complaints Advocacy service in Surrey and also administer the GP Carer Break Scheme, including the carer prescriptions service, and are involved in joint ventures and national initiatives including Healthwatch Surrey.




We are recruiting!

SILC are recruiting a full-time Advocacy and Advice Worker (35 hours a week, £25,550 per annum).

    Surrey Independent Living Council is a Disabled Person’s organisation that provides advocacy, information, advice and support throughout the county of Surrey.

    We provide a range of services including Independent Health Complaints Advocacy and support to people who are arranging and managing their own social care support. As part of our ongoing development we seek to recruit an Advocacy and Advice Worker to join our established team.

    Experience of Health Complaints Advocacy specifically would be useful but not essential. However applicants will need to demonstrate that they have some experience of advocacy and/or providing general advocacy or advice in a community setting.

    Applicants will also need to demonstrate a good understanding of the Social Model of Disability and the policies which underpin Independent Living Direct Payments, and Personal Health? Budgets They will also require an understanding of the issues facing disabled people and have a commitment to the philosophy of Independent Living.

    The post holder will be required to do home visits and access client properties. The job also involves travelling throughout Surrey so access to own transport is essential.

    For an application pack please see below or email SILC at or telephone: 01483 458111, SMS: 07919 418 099 quoting Job Ref S27

    Closing date for applications - 14th February 2020

  • Job Advert
  • Job Description
  • Person Specification
  • Application Form




Free Training for personal assistants and direct payment employers

SILC’s Training Department is in the process of finalising training courses for 2019. For more details and to register for training, please either email or phone 07514 093 616.




April 2020 Employment Law Update


Written Terms
As it stands at the moment, employers have three months to provide an employee with written terms and conditions of their contract. From 6th April any employee or worker must be issued this on or before their first day of employment.

Calculating Holiday Pay
Currently, holiday pay is calculated from the average earning over the last 12 weeks before the holiday period. From the 6th April 2020 this is increasing to 52 weeks, or the length of employment if they have worked less than a full year. Staff whose hours vary greatly will benefit from a much fairer payment when taking holidays.

Minimum Wage
The minimum wage for those over 25 will rise to £8.72, with other age groups also increasing. Statutory sick pay and parental leave will also increase.

Pay Slips
Employers must issue a payslip including the number of hours worked and where pay varies indicate this clearly. This is particulalry important with variable working staff and those on zero hour contracts.





Become a SILC Trustee

In 2017 we successfully retendered for Surrey County Councils Direct Payment support service and we are also adding NHS Health Complaints Advocacy and a further Supported Pathways to Employment project to the services that we offer.

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 admin team at:




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