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.
Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update - 17th February 2021
Despite the continuous vaccine rollout, it is essential to keep testing frontline staff to reduce the spread of the virus. Personal assistants working in adult social care in England can now access weekly Covid-19 testing.
The system allows PAs to order tests every 28 days for themselves, or an employer can order them for their personal assistant. Four tests are then delivered for each PA for a 28-day testing cycle. Every 7 days a PA should take a test, register it online and return it by post.
PAs will receive their results in 48 hours by e-mail and text message.
It is not yet clear if this will be rolled out to include PAs supporting younger adults (under 18) and children. Similarly we are not yet aware of any plans to roll this out in the rest of the UK but will update you as and when any new information comes to light.
Coronavirus / COVID-19 Fast Facts for employers and PAs
Due to the current pandemic affecting individual employers and personal assistants, we have put together some Fast Facts to help employers and PAs know what to do (in terms of employment or being employed) during this crisis. We recommend you read all of them.