Sibs is the only UK charity representing the needs of siblings of disabled people. Siblings have a lifelong need for information, they often experience social and emotional isolation, and have to cope with difficult situations. They also want to have positive relationships with their disabled brothers and sisters and to be able to choose the role they play in future care. There are over half a million young siblings and over a million adult siblings in the UK.
Who we support
We support siblings of all ages who are growing up with or who have grown up with a brother or sister with any disability, long term chronic illness, or life limiting condition.
We work with adult siblings
We have a phone and email service for adult siblings for help with any adult sibling issue. The issues we provide support with may be emotional, such as coping with isolation or guilt, or practical, such as how to make plans for future care. We have an online forum for adult siblings, a buddying service, and we run workshops on adult sibling issues.
We work with young siblings
We provide email information and support to young siblings (children and young people) on any sibling issue. We also run workshops for sibings on understanding their brother or sister's disability and on coping strategies for dealing with difficult siblings issues. These workshops can be bought in by statutory and voluntary agencies. See Workshops for siblings and parents
We work with parents of siblings
We have a parenting siblings phone service for parents to help them support siblings with sibling issues such as giving attention, explaining disability, and dealing with siblings' feelings. We also run workshops for parents on supporting siblings. These workshops can be bought in by statutory and voluntary agencies. See Workshops for sibling and parents
We work with service providers
We provide training and consultancy for professionals on supporting siblings, how to develop local services for siblings, and how to run sibling groups using the Sibs FRAME model of groupwork. We run awareness raising events for professionals to help them understand the support needs of siblings. Our training can be bought in by statutory and voluntary agencies. See Training for service providers
Sibs' long term vision is that every local authority in the UK will have a dedicated sibling service for young siblings and a support network for adult siblings. We will achieve this through:
- Being the UK resource for information, training and research on sibling issues
- Influencing the policies of government and other service providers
- Increasing public awareness of siblings