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Why is National Siblings Day important?

Siblings who grow up with a disabled brother or sister often spend a lot of time coming second (or third or fourth…) to the needs of another. Their day-to-day life may centre around their brother or sister’s routine and their abilities. It can be challenging to share time with parents and some siblings may be helping out more around the home or with caring tasks.

As adults, siblings may have the longest-standing relationship with their disabled brother or sister across the lifespan, beyond that of care providers, professionals and other family members. Siblings are often advocates for their brother or sister’s needs whilst juggling a work and family life of their own.

Many siblings enjoy and value the unique connection and relationship they share with their brother or sister. National Sibling Day is a wonderful opportunity to shine a light on the value of sibling relationships, to highlight what an important role siblings play in the lives of their disabled brothers and sisters and to celebrate siblings in their own right too.

What happened last year?

Last year was our biggest National Siblings Day yet with a reach of 29.2 million across social media. We had lots of siblings sharing their stories, photos and memories and becoming part of our sibling community.  We hope that this year’s event will be even bigger and better!

How can I get involved?

Our theme this year is #ItsaSiblingThing:

  • Young siblings check out the YoungSibs section of our website, just for siblings age 7-17.  Celebrate the day by booking onto one of our two free creative art sesions  or check out the activity sheets for young siblings at the bottom of this page.  Why not have a look at what BBC Newsround said about National Siblings Day in 2021 including some Top Tips for Siblings? You can also enter our draw here to win a copy of Wonder by A J Palacio a perfect read for siblings aged 10-14, there are 3 copies up for grabs here. Check out our Siblings Day Gallery here.
  • Adult siblings can share the joy on social media with snippets, stories and photos. What’s your favourite childhood photo? What made you both smile or laugh when you were kids? Tell us your #ItsaSiblingThing and join the conversation. Join an adult sibling support group to meet other siblings too. We are also giving away 3 print copies of our guide “Self care for siblings” Enter your details here to be in with a chance of receiving your own copy.
  • Parents, don’t forget to tell us about those little sibling moments that have made your heart burst with pride – you know the ones – it’s just something unique between your disabled child and their brother(s) and sister(s) – #ItsaSiblingThing. Want an activity to share with your sibling child? Download our young sibling activity sheets at the bottom of this page. There is also the chance to win a glamping weekend, just tell us how you will be spending National Siblings Day and enter here.
  • Organisations, charities and schools – we would love your support in raising awareness of siblings of disabled people! Let us know how you plan to celebrate, whether it’s with a classroom session, a sponsored event or sharing on social – we really appreciate you taking the time to recognise and acknowledge siblings on this important day

Social media

Make sure you’re following us in your favourite way to stay in touch with the conversation and the lead up to the day:

On Sunday 10th April, we’ll be using these hashtags: #NationalSiblingsDay2022 #ItsaSiblingThing

Donations and fundraising

We greatly appreciate all donations and fundraising efforts, especially during such difficult times. We are the only UK charity dedicated to the needs of siblings of disabled people and we provide support across the lifespan – from young siblings to older adults.

If you’re planning a murder mystery night on Zoom, sponsored laps around the park or a 24-hour TV challenge – please get in touch – as we’d love to say a huge thank you. You can set up a Just Giving sponsorship page here.

You can become a Friend of Sibs for £25 a year by signing-up here or you can make a donation of any amount – however small – here.

‘As a young carer, you feel under constant pressure. I know my sister needs constant supervision: I understand her different needs, and I love her with all my heart, but it can be scary. It can feel like the world is on your shoulders. I worry about her future and I feel like I have an extra layer of worry.’ – Rose, aged 13

“I feel like I have been on an emotional roller coaster with Frazer all of my life. I often feel he has been given a raw deal but he is happy and enjoys his life and never complains.  I love him and want the best for him, we have a lot of fun together. We have a shared history. I know all the things about him, things that make him happy or sad. I will fight for his needs always.” – Jayne, adult sibling

Free resources to download

You can download these graphics to share on your social media to support us and raise awareness:

National Siblings Day 2022 media pack

Download National Siblings Day – Twitter post
Download National Siblings Day – Twitter banner
Download National Siblings Day – Instagram post
Download National Siblings Day – Instagram stories
Download National Siblings Day – Facebook post
Download National Siblings Day – Facebook profile banner
Download National Siblings Day – Facebook page banner
Download National Siblings Day – LinkedIn post
Download National Siblings Day – LinkedIn banner
Download National Siblings Day – Selfie sheet
Download National Siblings Day – A4 poster (colour)
Download National Siblings Day – A4 poster (black and white)


Activity sheets for young siblings

Download National Siblings Day young siblings colouring page – ages 5 – 11
Download National Siblings Day young siblings mindful colouring page – ages 12 – 17
Download National Siblings Day young siblings writing page
Download National Siblings Day young siblings drawing page
Download National Siblings Day young siblings star breathing page
Download National Siblings Day young siblings future dreams page