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Charity starts at home

Herefordshire based charity Services for Independent Living (SIL) is committed to helping vulnerable people through the work it does, but it is now able to throw that net a little wider.

Trustees of the not-for-profit organisation have set up a charitable fund, which it hopes will offer some financial help towards those things that will improve someone’s life, but that they may not be able to afford.

But this isn’t all about the people they support! SIL is now inviting organisations that deliver services within the county, and that are experiencing financial difficulties, to apply for a grant to help them deliver their services.

Organisations that wish to apply must have a turnover of less than £500,000 and must deliver services via volunteers. The services should support people who are disadvantaged and live in Herefordshire.

SIL’s Chief Executive Euan McPherson said: “We know the challenges many small volunteer led organisations are facing due to pressures on funding and increases in the cost of delivery.

“We want those who benefit from their services not to miss out, and so hope that any organsiation that meets our criteria and needs a small amount of cash will contact us”.

The process is very simple. Complete an application form and send it to SIL. A panel meets regularly and will assess the application and make the award if it is felt appropriate. In return, the organsation must be willing to prove that funds have been spent in line with the application and be able to provide a summary of what impact the funding has made to them.

Applicants can apply for up to £1,000 in a 12 month period. For an application form, or for more information call 01568 616653 or email:

wall mounted AED at Sil Offices with first aid kit

SIL’s Prepared to Save Lives

Services for Independent Living (SIL) has installed a heart defibrillator in its Leominster office and the use of the kit, if required in an emergency, is available to anyone working or visiting a business in the Leominster Enterprise Park.

Defibrillators are devices that apply an electric charge or current to the heart to restore a normal heartbeat. If the heart rhythm stops due to cardiac arrest a defibrillator may help it start beating again.

The UK survival rate if someone experiences a cardiac arrest is just 8% without intervention. Manual CPR raises this to 12%, but by using an AED the survival rate increases to between 50 – 70%, depending on how quickly it is administered.

SIL’s Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is easy to use, portable, with clear step-by-step instructions so anyone can use it, from a bystander to a trained professional. SIL’s offices are open from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday and the kit is mounted in the reception area. In an emergency speak to someone on reception and they will be able to help you locate the kit.

SIL wants its AED never to be used but hopes that should someone experience a cardiac arrest in its locality, that person will have the best possible chance of living.

Sil building sign clearly visible after ground maintenance work

The Big Garden Makeover

When the signage for Services for Independent Living (SIL) disappeared from view behind an abundance of greenery, it was agreed that action was needed to bring the garden at their Leominster office into tip top shape, ready for their annual summer event.

A local contractor was hired to do the work and now, not only does the garden look neat and tidy once again, but visitors to the site can also actually see where they are, because the signs have appeared as if by magic!

Tucked away on the Leominster Enterprise Park, SIL regularly entertains its service users, friends and family to events across the year and this summer is looking forward to hosting an Afternoon Tea Party to mark the Paralympics.

The event takes place on Wednesday, 21st August from 1.30pm – 4.30pm. There is a small charge of £5 for each individual tea box, with all profits going to the Marches Family Network, SIL’s Charity of the Year. If you would like to attend simply ring the office on 01568 616653 to book your space. You will also be given details about how to make your payment.

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SIL Homecare support worker Chloe and service user Roy

Homecare Support Worker

Care for others, make a difference. 

Working in adult social care, you can make a real difference to peoples’ lives helping to support our service users in a variety of ways to live independently in the comfort of their own home.

What is the role?

Being a Homecare Support Worker in the community is one of the most rewarding careers you can have and if you have a warm smile and a friendly attitude you could brighten up someone’s day.  Tasks may include providing personal care, medication management, light domestic duties, meal preparation, shopping and companionship.

See what others think about the role: Alice Wynn and Lisa Rossi

For the full job description continue to Downloads

In return we will give you:

  • £200 joining bonus (T&C’s apply)
  • Hourly rate of £13.22
  • Paid travel time at £6.33 per hour
  • Paid mileage at 0.45p per mile.
  • Paid Comprehensive Induction and start up training
  • Career Progression through continued learning and development opportunities
  • Enhanced family friendly benefits to include Maternity, Paternity and adoption pay
  • Paid Blue light discount scheme membership
  • Paid company sick pay
  • Paid DBS
  • 28 days Annual leave that increases with length of service
  • Company uniform and mobile phone
  • For the complete list of benefits go to: what we can offer you

You will get to work in an environment that promotes both personal and professional development, supports wellness in the workplace and a good work life balance.

When and Where?

Full time and part time shifts available, job security with contracted or variable hours. Variety of shift plans available including alternate weekends, evenings only etc.

7am to 2pm or 4pm to 10pm weekends and weekdays.

This role requires travel between service user homes which are mostly based in Leominster and surrounding villages. 

What are we looking for?

You don’t need lots of qualifications to start your career in care. All you need is the right values. If you are kind, honest, thoughtful, and looking to support others with compassion you’re the person we’re looking for. Full driving licence and access to a car is desirable but not essential.

How do I apply?

For more information or to apply you can contact us in the following ways:

  • Submit your CV to
  • Complete the application form in the downloads below
  • Call HR on 01568 616653
  • Don’t let completing the paperwork put you off – it is a simple form to find out more about you and the basic info we need to get to on board

Equality & Diversity

SIL is a member of the Armed Forces Covenant and will interview all veterans and family members of service personnel who meet the essential requirements.  Read more about how we live up to our commitment: Armed Forces Covenant

We are also a Disability Confident Leader; as such we will:

  • Interview applicants with a disability who meet the essential requirements on a person specification
  • Providing an inclusive and accessible recruitment process
  • Making reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process so disabled job applicants have the best opportunity to demonstrate that they can do the job

Read more about how we live up to our commitment: Disability Confident Leader

More about SIL

If you would like to learn more about our services, the work we do and what it’s like to work for SIL please take a look at our videos or find us on facebook


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