Do You Have What it Takes?


Number: 57/20                                                                                  

7th August 2020

Do You Have What it Takes?

Services for Independent Living (SIL) has been supporting disabled people and those who need care in their homes since 1996 and is constantly adapting to respond to the challenges thrown up by changes in social care. We now want to expand our Board membership and are looking for new trustees to help shape the future growth of this successful, not-for-profit organisation.

By becoming a trustee you will make a real difference to the lives of the people we support and also help to develop the business and ensure it thrives for another 25 years and beyond.

As a trustee you will be required to attend the monthly Board meetings, held on a Thursday morning, where you will be encouraged to use your skills and experience to join in discussions and make decisions about the future of the organisation.

Angela Higham, Chair of SIL’s Trustees, said: “We would especially welcome anyone who is living with a disability or is a family carer. An understanding of health or social care policy is desirable, and experience within a financial, management or personnel role would be helpful.

“SIL will pay your travel expenses, but more importantly this role offers you the chance to learn new skills and keep existing ones up to date.”

If you would like to find out more, please contact the CEO, Euan McPherson. You are most welcome to join a Board meeting as an observer if you would like to see how Board meetings are conducted.

For more information please call us on 01568 616653 or email:

Or visit our website


SIL Office Re-opening

S4IL is re-opening

On Tuesday 1st September, after what seems a very long time, the Services for Independent Living office team will be repopulating their headquarters in Leominster.

We were extremely fortunate to be have been able to deliver all our services from home so even if we were a bit more difficult to get hold of or a bit slower, we were still here.  Now it is time to try and find a ‘new norm’ where we can see our colleagues again, lose some of the challenges of working from home and make the most of our completed refit.

Our Homecare and ILH services obviously continued regardless; facing the challenges of working in a Covid-19 environment with tenacity, diligence and the ever-present care and empathy as always; of that we are immensely proud.

If you follow our social media profiles you’ll no doubt have seen some of the measures we’ve put in place from screens around desks, to a new one way system and signage which all form part of our risk assessment for reopening.

As always we will continue to put the safety of our staff and customers first and as such take further guidance from Public Health England.  We have identified that any staff working in the ILH and Homecare departments must also wear surgical masks (not face coverings) whilst working in the office.  Therefore, a schedule for office working has been designed as follows:

Mondays – non ILH/Homecare office staff – no masks required

Tuesdays – non ILH/Homecare office staff – no masks required

Wednesdays (AM) – ILH and Homecare office staff in the office – surgical masks must be worn

Thursdays – non ILH/Homecare office staff – no masks required

Fridays – ILH and Homecare office staff in the office – surgical masks must be worn

Non-ILH and Homecare office staff may come into the office on Wednesdays and Fridays but surgical masks must be worn at all times (these will be provided on site).

Our teams will all continue to deliver services on the days they are not in the office just as we have done throughout lockdown.

All visits to the office by non-office based staff or visitors must be by appointment.  Please contact 01568 616653, speak to your contact or email to book in.

SIL management are delighted to be able to invite the staff back to the office but will be keeping a watchful eye over the risks and practicalities. This period has been challenging and at the same time offered us opportunities to find new ways of working, whilst staff are being invited back some may choose to continue to work from home and fortunately we are now in a place where this can be accommodated.