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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
  • 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.


[12/01/2022] "Challenges faced by people who use personal assistants (PAs)" survey

The Local Government Association (LGA) would like your help to understand any challenges around how easy or hard it’s been for you to find or keep PAs since March 2020.

They would like to hear from:

  • people who employ PAs
  • people who are supported by a self-employed PA
  • people who pay for their PA with a direct payment, personal health budget (PHB) or their own money (self-funder)

Take the survey here

The closing date is 12 midnight, Sunday 23 January 2022

If you would like to provide feedback but can't complete the survey alternative methods can be put in place, please email:


[07/10/21] COVID booster available for PAs

Below is an email we received from the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme:


The Covid-19 vaccine booster programme for frontline health and social care workers in Surrey Heartlands has now been launched. This means Personal Assistants who were part of cohort 2 can now book their booster vaccine at a Local Vaccination Centres or a Community Pharmacy. To book your appointment please use the route for your location set out on the attachment (linked below this message) - you will need your NHS Number. Personal Assistants can also book their COVID-19 booster vaccination through the National Booking Service Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines - NHS ( or by ringing 119.

It is important that booster vaccines are booked for six months after your second dose. As part of the booking process, Personal Assistants will need to self-declare that they are a frontline health or social care worker and will also be asked to provide proof of employment when attending for their booster.

This booster programme is designed to prolong the protection the vaccination provides against Covid-19 ahead of the winter months. We would encourage all frontline social care workers to book their booster vaccine to maximise their protection. The attachment includes some Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any queries please email


Click here to see the attachment mentioned above (PDF format)

Kind regards

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme


Become a Trustee for SILC

The role of Trustee is vitally important to the running of SILC and a real opportunity to make a difference for people in Surrey who need support to live independently and to have their voices heard.

We are seeking to build a Trustee Board with a broad range of experience and knowledge as well as one that is reflective of the diverse community of Surrey.

We encourage disabled people to apply to be Trustees, but also value committed individuals who are passionate about what we stand for.

Please see the attached document for more information
[Word version] / [PDF version] /

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee, please call the SILC office on 01483 458 111 or email and we will arrange for our Chief Executive to contact you.




SILC, Astolat, Coniers Way, Burpham, Guildford GU4 7HL. Tel: 01483 458111  Privacy Policy 
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