Our mission is to create great, sustainable homes and life experiences for people living with disability, by connecting families and communities.
Supporting Independent Living Co-operative (SILC) was established in September, 2016, as a hub to support families to develop their own independent housing models under the NDIS.
Our aim is to assist families to connect and create sustainable homes and life experiences for their family member living with disability.
SILC is a registered NDIS provider and has 7 SIL funded homes in Sydney, NSW.
How SILC came about.
SILC connects NDIS participants, families and carers to establish their own family-governed homes for people with a disability.
SILC does this by:
SILC is a charity established to support its members by helping them establish and operate family governed homes for people with disabilities. SILC does not seek to make a profit. SILC operates efficiently with low overheads and relies on support from pro bono individuals and organisations. We need to cover operating expenses and maintain a small surplus to operate effectively.
Start Up Phase:
SILC received a start-up grant through the Sector Development Fund (SDF) from the Department of Social Services. The Department recognised the important value that SILC could offer in supporting individuals and their families to set up their own family-governed models under the NDIS. The SDF grant covered the period from September 2016 to June 2017.
You can read more about the SDF here
You can read SILC's final report to the SDF here
From mid 2017, SILC has received funding from 2 main sources:
1. membership fees – individuals and corporate members; and
2. charging for NDIS services or supports.
As a charity SILC also receives tax deductible donations from donors.
Schedule of Fees:
In accordance with the NDIS principles of choice and control, SILC encourages families to be actively involved, to the extent that is possible, in the operations of their child’s housing supports. SILC is a registered NDIS service provider (NSW) and we can support you to set up and run your own family-governed housing model.
We also have other services that you can choose to purchase, based on your needs. We charge flat-rate fees for administration support rather than a percentage of NDIS funding received by Participants. In our experience, it is better to outline the services and allow families, support workers or people with disabilities to choose which of our services they wish to use.
View Schedule of Fees here
Audited Financial Statement for 9 months to 30 June 2017 (Establishment Phase):View SILC's Audited Financial Statement
In essence, SILC's cash flows comprised:
SDF Grant $250,000
NDIS $ 0
Membership Fees $ 9,728
Fees for Services $ 15,560
Donations $ 45,200
Staff Expenses $229,763
Reimbursement from Homes ($ 77,709)
Other Expenses $ 40,908
Net Operating Surplus $132,559
Excluding SDF Grant ($117,441)
Our backgrounds and vision for SILC.
Gloria Boyle joined SILC in September 2017 as the Coordinator of Membership Supports. Gloria has held a number of positions supporting individuals with a disability and their families. This includes working as a Residential Support Worker in group homes, as a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) helping NDIS Participants transition onto the Scheme and as a Facilitator running workshops to prepare and empower people for the NDIS.
Gloria has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and a Master’s Degree in Sociology. She has always known that she wanted to spend her life helping others.
Gloria is passionate about ensuring people with disabilities have choice and control over their lives, and ultimately have the same opportunities as everyone else. The NDIS is about being innovative and creative and SILC really captures the essence of this. Gloria believes that we’re moving away from the attitude of what is available for people with disabilities to what does each individual want for their life and what works for them? Through SILC, Gloria hopes to support people to realise this new world.
Faen Burrows (pronounced Fawn) joined SILC in February 2017 as the Head of Sydney Operations. Her first exposure to the human services sector was in 2006 when she took a GAP year and worked as a personal carer and teacher’s aid for students with disability at the National Star College in London. Since this time, Faen has worked in various roles including case management and service delivery for Ageing, Disability and Home Care (NSW Government). More recently, she has been working with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) assisting with planning for the NSW NDIS transition and supporting NDIA Local Area Coordinator Partners in NSW.
Faen holds a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Management (2011) and Masters in Health Services Management (2014) from the University of Technology, Sydney.
She is especially passionate about the NDIS and is driven to ensure the Scheme is equitable for everyone and above all, sustainable. Through SILC, Faen hopes to break through barriers previously faced by people with disability and their families and aims to support them to find housing they are happy with and that meets their needs.
Luci Rix joined SILC in February 2018 as the Support Officer. Previous to this, Luci worked as a Support Officer to coordinate various arts programs and events within the NSW Department of Education for 3 years.
Luci is in her 4th year of study for a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Social Policy at the University of Sydney. She is especially passionate about being involved in promoting equity and opportunities for people with disability and their families.
Through SILC, Luci hopes to learn more about the NDIS and assist in supporting families and individuals to find housing that meets their needs and help improve their overall wellbeing in day to day life.
SILC is a co-operative and governed by a board.
Leanne has a 21 year old daughter who has severe autism. She has been a Director on the Giant Steps Board since 2001 and is the co-ordinator of the annual Giant Steps Ball, a major fund-raising event.
Leanne works as a Licensed Conveyancer for Maccallum Lawyers. She has extensive experience with property and mortgage transactions. Leanne is also a Justice of the Peace.
Kate is the treasurer of three not-for-profit organisations aimed at improving the lives of people with disabilities.
Kate started her career at Westpac working as an institutional derivatives dealer before going on to become a financial markets training manager. She then became a director of Partners in Finance, a firm delivering services in the financial products and risk management sector.
In 2002, Kate ceased work to concentrate full-time on her son William who was diagnosed with severe autism, navigating her family through the early intervention years.
In 2008 she commenced work again as an accountant at Hurley & Co.
Steve is the father of Patrick, a 27-year-old man with autism. Patrick was one of the original 12 students at Giant Steps school when it opened in 1995. Steve was one of the parents who set up the school, which helps educate children and families experiencing autism, to alleviate associated stress.
Steve also helped establish PaRA Co-operative, a family-governed model for Patrick and his two housemates in Chatswood, Sydney. You can watch a clip about PaRA here.
Upon seeing the success of the PaRA model, Steve was instrumental in establishing SILC. His aim for SILC is simple – to share what he’s learned so other people with disabilities can live in a home of their choosing, in their communities surrounded by friends and family. He is energetic, approachable and brings simplicity to the most complex of problems.
Steve is an executive coach with a background in teaching and banking.
Kim has a wealth of academic experience including;
· Bachelor of Business Health Administration (University of Technology. QLD),
· Graduate Diploma Applied Science Nursing Education, and
· Registered Nurse (Psychiatry & Emergency Med. Major).
Kim is also a registered Midwife and has worked in acute private and public hospitals, Justice Health Community and Aged Care sectors since 1980 including CEO of a number of private hospitals for 12 years 1991 - 2002 in QLD and Sydney’s North Shore.
From 2002 - 2010 Kim held the position of Group Risk/Clinical Risk Manager of Ramsay Health Care Australia and Indonesia and later from 2010 - 2014 as the National Clinical Risk Manager Calvary Healthcare Australia. Since 2015 Kim has been the Operations Manager at North Sydney Retirement Trust ta. James Milson Village.
Fred is the father of 4 children, the youngest Julian, a 15 year old boy with autism. Julian currently attends Giant Steps school in Sydney.
Fred was instrumental in developing and establishing My House Oatlands (MHO) of which he is the Public Officer. MHO was established in 2013 a family-governed model that has created a’ home away from home’ for Julian and two other teenage autistic boys in Oatlands, Sydney.
Fred has worked in the building industry for over 36 years and established his own successful construction company as a builder and property developer.
His knowledge in these two areas makes Fred a valuable member of SILC. Fred is passionate to help other families create a ‘home away from home’ just like MHO that has been life changing for Julian and his family.
SILC has formed relationships with key partners across a diverse range of sectors.
Our partners comprise of parents of people with a disability, co-operatives, legal and accounting - helping SILC to reach out into our communities and provide expertise to create great homes for people with disabilities under the NDIS.
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