About us

About us

CiLK was formed in April 2002 to support the positive promotion and uptake of Direct Payments and Independent Living for Disabled People living in Kent.

This followed the KCC Social Services conference ‘Disabled People – Shaping the Future’ held on 11th March 2002. The conference focused on how KCC Social Services Directorate, as the key player in Kent could contribute to the promotion of choice and independence for disabled people, empowered by the way Social Services carries out its functions.

The conference included a presentation on the KCC 10 year strategy ‘Active Care’, information on the new KCC Direct Payment scheme and the promotion of independent living with guest speakers from Disability Awareness in Action and the Southampton Centre for Independent Living.

Up until this time disabled people in Kent had been struggling to set up a Centre for Independent Living but had not been supported or able to gain funding to achieve it.

CiLK is a Registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. The current Directors are all disabled people with differing impairments. Five of them are Personal Assistant employers. We positively support KCC Social Services on their increased commitment to the government’s Direct Payments strategy.

CILK subscribes to a guiding ethos of:

Recent History

In December 2015 The Simon Paul Foundation a physical disability organisation based in North West Kent closed it’s doors. It was felt that it would be sensible to join forces with CiLK so that Disabled People across the county could benefit from universal services with just one point of contact. The coming together of the two organisations is seen as a very positive step forward and has enabled CiLK to retail Simon Paul Foundation staff and the valuable links the organisation had with the North West Kent communities. It is important that the history of both organisations are remembered and celebrated. You can read all about the history of The Simon Paul Foundation here:Simon Paul Foundation.

The CiLK Team

Directors

The trustees are also directors of the charity for the purposes of the Companies Act.

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Hannah Tutt

Chairperson and PA Employer

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James Tatton

Deputy Chair and PA Employer

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Cathy Finnis

Treasurer and PA Employer

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Vicci Chittenden

Company Secretary and PA Employer

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Tony K. Wright

Trustee and PA Employer

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Allen Jones

Trustee and PA Employer

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Chris Wise

Trustee

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Paul Burchett

Trustee and PA Employer

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Sonia Malion

Trustee

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Phil Shoebridge

Trustee

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Kay

Kay Shoebridge

Trustee

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Staff

Sophie Fournel

Sophie Fournel

Service Manager

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Donna Francis

Donna Francis

Senior Information Officer (East Kent)

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Angie Berkley

Information Officer

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Madlin Brinton

Administrator

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Lisa Shoebridge

PA Support Worker

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Robert Francis

PA Support Worker

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