Sibs

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Registered address
26 Mallard View,Oxenhope
Keighley,West Yorkshire
BD22 9JZ

Phone
01535 645453

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Charity number
1145200

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Why we support siblings

Why we support siblings
There are 2.3 million siblings in the UK growing up with/have grown up with a brother or sister who is disabled, or has a long-term illness or life limiting condition.
Young siblings
Children and young people growing up with a disabled brother or sister get less attention from parents and have more worries and responsibilities than their peers. They are more likely than their peers to experience public prejudice, family breakdown, bereavement and poverty. As a consequence, young siblings are vulnerable to isolation, bullying, reduced wellbeing and problems with progress at school. 
Adult siblings
Adult siblings, in particular those who have a brother or sister with a lifelong learning disability, provide support, advocacy and care for their brothers and sisters, at the same time as juggling support and care for their elderly parents, their own children, and their work. They rarely receive any acknowledgement of their role, information about service provision, or support for their own needs. They have also experienced a lifetime of their needs coming second to that of another person. As a consequence, adult siblings are vulnerable to isolation and are at risk for anxiety and depression, and have reduced opportunities for work and further education. Why we support siblings

There are 2.3 million siblings in the UK growing up with/have grown up with a brother or sister who is disabled, or has a long-term illness or life limiting condition.

Young siblings

Children and young people growing up with a disabled brother or sister get less attention from parents and have more worries and responsibilities than their peers. They are more likely than their peers to experience public prejudice, family breakdown, bereavement and poverty. As a consequence, young siblings are vulnerable to isolation, bullying, reduced wellbeing and problems with progress at school. 

Adult siblings

Adult siblings, in particular those who have a brother or sister with a lifelong learning disability, provide support, advocacy and care for their brothers and sisters, at the same time as juggling support and care for their elderly parents, their own children, and their work. They rarely receive any acknowledgement of their role, information about service provision, or support for their own needs. They have also experienced a lifetime of their needs coming second to that of another person. As a consequence, adult siblings are vulnerable to isolation and are at risk for anxiety and depression, and have reduced opportunities for work and further education. 

How we support siblings

  • We run YoungSibs an online support service for young siblings under 18
  • We run workshops for parents to help them support young siblings 
  • We raise awareness of sibling issues in schools so that young siblings can receive support at a younger age
  • We provide phone crisis support and advocacy for adult siblings who need help with planning for their disabled brother or sister's care and support
  • We run workshops for adult siblings and and support a network of adult sibling support groups across the UK

How your money will help in 2021/2022

Support our YoungSibs service

We have to raise addtional funds to employ our Information Officer for Young siblings, who responds to all the requests for help and support from siblings under 18.

We need to raise £6,000 in order to continue to provide this service.

I would love you to help us by making a donation or holding a fundraising event.

Warm regards,

Clare

Clare Kassa

Chief Executive, Sibs

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