SILC Centre for Independent Living
Surrey Independent Living Council (SILC) is a non-profit-making voluntary sector organisation run by and for disabled people.
We are primarily funded by, and work in close partnership with, Surrey County Council.
SILC helps people with disabilities, and others who use or want to use Direct Payments, to live independently and to arrange the support and services they require.
SILC was also a partner in the Right to Control project. The Right to Control was a new legal right for disabled people, and was being piloted in seven Trailblazer areas across the UK of which parts of Surrey was one. For more information, please see the Links page.
This website is designed to help you find out more about us and the services we offer. It will also enable you to get in touch with us if you’d like to know more.
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.
On Thursday 19 June 2014, SILC hosted an exciting Choice Unlimited event at Epsom Downs racecourse. On a beautiful day, over 900 visitors came to the glorious venue to see the exhibition stands and join in the activities in the Grandstand.
On the first floor, over 85 exhibitors, ranging from small local voluntary organisations to public bodies, set up their stands. Throughout the day, there were workshops running – these covered a variety of topics, from the Care Act to personal health budgets. Here are PDFs of all workshop presentations from the event;
• Advocacy - Wendy Storr & Alison Lancaster
• Being a Good Employer - Hillary Delaney Hall
• Care Act - Tristram Gardner
• CCGs - Carol Rowley
• PHBs - Emma Parkinson
• Powers of Attorney - Holly Chantler
• Prepaid DP Card - Sue Senior
Downstairs in the magnificent Oaks Hall, as well as a few exhibition stands, there was an enormous variety of activities going on. There were art activities, first aid demonstrations and activities, sitting volleyball, para-rowing and para-canoeing as well as boccia and wheelchair racing. The Firestone Rock Band played for two very popular sessions, and in the afternoon Sunny Arts put on their play about dementia, Caring for the Queen of Surrey.
If you did not manage to come to the event, you can see the event guide here – if you would like a copy, please contact us, or pick one up from the Hubs in Epsom, Redhill, Walton or Dorking.
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: email@example.com