About SILC

Our mission is to create great, sustainable homes and life experiences for people living with disabilities, by connecting families and communities.

our story

Background

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 simple: To create great sustainable homes and life experiences for people living with disabilities, by connecting families and communities.

Our aim is simple: To create great sustainable homes and life experiences for people living with disabilities, by connecting families and communities.

Timeline

How SILC came about.

2010
PaRA was formed as a family-governed home for three young men with autism.
2015
PaRA became registered as a co-operative - with the families, housemates and workers active members and decision-makers.
2016
PaRA became an approved provider in NSW - achieved third party verification under the NSW Disability Services Standards.
2015 - 2016
Three more family-governed homes were formed as ‘spin-offs’ from the learnings of PaRA.
March 2016
Key partners and family members got together and decided to form a new organisation (SILC), that could take the success of the family-governed models to lots more families and people with disabilities.
September 2016
SILC was formed as a legal entity with registration as a non-distributing co-operative.
October 2016
• Startup funding received under the Sector Development Fund.
• SILC’s inaugural CEO was appointed.

SILC acts as a hub

SILC connects NDIS participants, families and carers to establish their own family-governed homes for people with a disability.

SILC does this by:

forums

Hosting forums where members can share knowledge, ideas and resources.

website

Providing information through the SILC website.

providing guidance

Guiding families through the establishment and operation of family-governed homes for NDIS participants.

Referals

Referring to other organisations that can assist, for example, housing co-operatives.

advocating

Advocating on behalf of the SILC community about issues that affect you, for example, housing under the NDIS.

connecting

Sharing information, resources and experiences allows you to help and to be helped by other families in the spirit of mutuality.
individual members
Individual members of SILC are people who are interested in using NDIS funding to set up a household for themselves or for someone they care for.
Corporate members
PaRA Co-operative
My House Oatlands Company Ltd
Living My Way
Co-operative
TK Assisted Living
Co-operative
silc member
SILC corporate member
relationship between SILC and its members

financial breakdown

How we are funded

Current state:

SILC received a startup grant through the Department of Social Services's Sector Development Fund (SDF). 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. You can read more about the SDF here

Future state:

From mid-2017, SILC will receive funding from two main sources; membership fees for individuals and corporate members, and, charging for services or supports. We are currently designing our membership fee structure and what items we’ll charge for under the NDIS.

surplus
(If income > expenses)
Reinvested into SILC for the benefit of, and to provide value for, SILC’s members
Income (2016)
Government startup grant

Professional services provided pro bono
Income (2017 onwards)
Individual membership fees

Corporate membership fees

Fees for services provided
Expenses
Employee salaries

Administration

Service provision
surplus
income
expenses
direction flow

Our people

The SILC team

Our backgrounds and vision for SILC.

Joanna Battersby

CEO

Jo Battersby joined SILC in October, 2016, as the inaugural CEO. She has more than 20 years’ experience working to improve the lives of people with disabilities, from community development to inclusive sport and recreation programs. She has held senior roles in the NSW Government leading reforms to individualised funding, self-management, employment and NDIS readiness projects. Most recently she worked at the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in Geelong, designing employment pathways for young people with disabilities leaving school. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology) and Masters in Public Administration, Sydney University (2014), winning the master’s travelling research prize for academic achievement.

Through SILC, Jo wants to empower people with disabilities to be happy and safe in a home of their choice.

Faen Burrows

manager, Sydney Operations

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.

Board

SILC is a co-operative and governed by a board.

Kate Hurley

Director & Treasurer

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.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Business (UTS) double major in finance and accounting (1993).
  • CPA (Certified practising accountant).

Steve Anthony

Director

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.

Ossie Pisanu

DIRECTOR

Ossie is the father of twin boys (aged 21) with Autism. He was heavily involved with Aspect during the period 2000-2004 as a Board member and spent two of those years as Chairman. Later on, he became chairman of Share Care, a respite service, for a period of 5 years between 2007 and 2012. 

As it relates to the challenges and opportunities for SILC, Ossie is a qualified accountant, holds an MBA from Macquarie University and has been involved in the technology sector for over 30 years. 

More importantly, Ossie has implemented Quality Assurance certifications in 4 different companies across 4 industries, the last of which were Share Care and Guardian Strata (Ossie’s own company). Ossie will be able to add tremendous value to the proposed SILC business model which will benefit many families under the NDIS model who subscribe to the principles upon which it was created.

Kim Knoblauch

DIRECTOR

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 Carollo

DIRECTOR

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.

Partners

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.

Need more info?

Try our FAQ and Membership pages, or you can get in touch with us through our contact form.

Our purpose is to create great homes and life experiences for people with disabilities.

Our focus at the moment is Sydney (NSW). If you live outside this area, fill out the General Inquiry form opposite and we'll get in touch with you.

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